Queenstown, situated in the southernmost part of New Zealand’s South Island, boasts one of the most stunning locations in the world. Nestled among majestic mountains with the crystal clear waters of the mystic Lake Wakatipu lapping its shores, Queenstown is the perfect four season alpine resort. For thrill seekers there can be no better place than Queenstown, also called the Adventure Capital of the World. Take your pick from the plethora of activities on offer – bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boat rides, snowboarding, hang-gliding…the list goes on.
Dunedin is a charming mix of rich heritage, a vibrant atmosphere and some of the most amazing wildlife seen anywhere in the world. Dotted with historic architecture, it has been hailed as one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Tajaroa Head in Dunedin is home not only to the world’s rarest penguin – the yellow-eyed penguin – but is also the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. Find out why Dunedin Railway Station is New Zealand’s most photographed building!
Take a leap of faith. When considering things to do in Queenstown, thrill seekers should put bungee jumping at the top of their list. Queenstown has the top spot for this sport ever since AJ Hackett Bungy pioneered the first commercial bungee jump experience here in 1988.
Eat, drink and be merry. With vineyards as far as the eye can see and countless gourmet food joints, it’s only right to factor in some lunchtime excursions between your Queenstown tours.
Shop around. If you’re in need of a break from your Queenstown day tours, we recommend a bit of retail therapy. The local boutiques and arts shops in Queenstown are some of the best in New Zealand.
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Best time to visit
This is a year-round destination, with Queenstown sightseeing crowds reaching their peak in summer and winter. Visit Queenstown attractions in autumn (March to October) and spring (October to November) for less tourists and cheaper rates.
Navigating scenic Queenstown can prove testing. Keep these top tips handy so you can get around with ease…
If, like most tourists, you’re staying close to the town centre, you can rely on foot power to see the sites.
Hire cars are a popular option here, though be sure to drive carefully. Queenstown’s high country roads, especially the ski-field roads often take visitors by surprise.
Several buses service the key local attractions, while tours found on isango! usually include transport on Queenstown day trips. The town’s local Connect-a-bus service also runs buses to and from town to the Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
Queenstown is a relatively safe town. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
The most common crime committed against tourists is car break-ins. Be sure to lock your vehicle and keep your valuables with you at all times.
When considering what to do in Queenstown with the little ones in tow, keep in mind that not all activities are child-friendly. Instead of flinging yourself off a bridge, perhaps opt for the many tamer alternatives that suit the whole gang.