New Zealand is one of those destinations that everyone wants to explore, simply because they have heard about it, and because it seems exotic and far-flung. Well, yes it is, but it’s also surprisingly accessible and very easy to get around too.
If this doesn’t sound like the ideal recipe to get out and explore this wonderful country, I don’t know what does!
Situated on the South Island, with the huge and imposing Southern Alps as its backdrop, Queenstown sits on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, but is also a vibrant city in its own right. Aside from this, you can enjoy many scenic drives and walks around the city, and renting a car is perhaps the ideal way to get out and explore; driving in the country is safe, with well-marked roads. Around the region you will also find many vineyards, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular, with scenery as calm and serene as this picture sounds.
Of course, calm and serene can easily be shattered by the sounds of adrenaline rushing screams!
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Queenstown, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure activities to take part in. Because of the city’s close proximity to the mountains, skiing is possible during the winter months, with some of the biggest and highest drops in the country; head off piste and enjoy backcountry routes if you feel the need to amp up the adventure in your day.
During the summer months you will find even more in the way of adrenaline, and one of the most famous is of course bungee jumping. Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is a favourite spot of this scary sport, and one which will certainly get your blood pumping!
If jumping from a bridge attached to elastic, so to speak, doesn’t float your boat, how about sky diving? Or maybe paragliding, jet boating, or even canyoning and rafting? If you feel the need for something adventurous, but slightly more serene, how about a horse trekking day out through some seriously stunning scenery?
Whether you’re off to enjoy adventure and adrenaline or not, exploring the region is a must do, because the sights you will enjoy are like nowhere else on earth. You will be needing your camera for this one, and a self-drive journey around the region is without a doubt the best way to explore on your own steam. Check out your licence requirements and shop around for hire deals, to keep all your corners covered.
So, if you’re looking for adventure, the only destination you need explore is Queenstown.