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Top 10 Life Changing Experiences

Deciding what to do in Queenstown can be completely overwhelming. How do you choose between a multitude of epic adventure and sightseeing missions all in the one incredible destination? Queenstown is bursting with thrilling experiences to complement all personalities.

1. Get your heart pumping with a Bungy Jump

Take a leap of faith on one of the three bungy options in Queenstown. Go on…we dare you!

 

2. Take a high speed jet boat ride

Experience the thrill of a high speed Queenstown jet boat ride: skim across the water, whizz round corners and shoot through narrow rocky gorges! In Queenstown you can choose from a number of world famous jet boat operators.

 

3. Do the Ben Lomond Hike

It’s a challenging hike even for those experienced trampers, but the views from the top are extraordinary!  If you are especially keen, hike through the night and experience sunrise from the summit.

Ben Lomond Queenstown New Zealand

Hiking Ben Lomond Above Queenstown, NZ

Hiking Ben Lomond Above Queenstown, NZ

4. Climb Queenstown Hill for sunrise or sunset

If you love the idea of enjoying epic views, but aren’t feeling up for the long hike to the summit of Ben Lomond, check out Queenstown Hill at sunrise or sunset. With views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, the vistas from Queenstown Hill are good at any time of day, but are even more magical in the golden hours.

 

5. Take an overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound

Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second longest (40 kilometres) of the South Island's fiords. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna. New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. Discover the unspoilt and remote wilderness of this amazing place during a unique overnight cruise. 

Doubtful Sound Cruise with Real Journeys

Doubtful Sound Cruise with Real Journeys

Doubtful Sound Cruise with Real Journeys

6. Eat a Fergburger

Fergburger is a Queenstown 'Must Do'!  Operating since 2001 it has been a favourite by locals and visitors alike.  Try the classic Ferg with Cheese, Tropical Swine, the Chief Wiggam or the Cockadoodle Oink… you can’t go wrong!

 

7. Take to the air with a scenic flight

Queenstown is famous for stunning landscapes, but until you have taken a scenic flight you haven't truly witnessed the natural splendour and variety of the region. A light plane or helicopter flight from Queenstown will take you over lush grassland and forests, vast lakes and snow-capped mountains - and if you are keen to take the experience to the next level you can even land on a glacier for a truly unique holiday memory.

Scenic helicopter flight Queenstown

Scenic helicopter flight Queenstown

Scenic helicopter flight Queenstown

8. Drive the road from Queenstown to Glenorchy

Named as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world” by Lonely Planet, this 1-hour journey follows Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to the beautiful little town of Glenorchy, 47km away. There are lots of stunning points of interest to stop at and admire the crystal clear waters with the jagged mountain background.

 

9. Shred the slopes at Coronet Peak, Cardrona or The Remarkables

In winter Queenstown becomes a snow-lovers paradise, with three amazing ski resorts all within an hour of downtown. Coronet Peak, Cardrona and The Remarkables all have fantastic lift-accessed terrain, and are suitable for beginners right through to professionals.

 

Snowboarder riding at The Remarkables ski field

Snowboarder riding at The Remarkables ski field

Snowboarder riding at The Remarkables ski field

10. Drive the Skippers Canyon Road

Hire cars are not insured so best to leave the driving to the professionals! Take a 4WD tour  down the Skippers Road. This road is an engineering marvel - hacked by hand in the late 1880s and clinging to the sheer cliffside high above the Shotover River. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery from high above the gorge or down on the shores of the Shotover River, known as the richest river in the world in the days of the gold miners.

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