7. Go whitewater rafting
Embark on a rafting trip to get up close and personal with two of New Zealand’s most famous rivers, both of which boast lofty rocky canyons and beautiful mountain scenery. Conquer the Shotover’s grade 3–5 drops and shoots in historic Skippers Canyon, or cruise the more playful, grade 2–3 Kawarau finishing with the Dog Leg, one of the longest rapids in the country.
8. Discover legendary nightlife
Sleep in then stay up late to maximise Queenstown’s lively vibe that lasts well into the wee hours. The Queenstown nightlife never disappoints. Linger over a sundowner while watching the light fade over the lake. Savour local food and wine in sophisticated restaurants. Head out for live music and dancing in one of many friendly pubs and bars, then round things off with a nightcap. Tomorrow, most likely, will be another long, sunny day…