Perfectly situated on the crystalline Lake Wakatipu with mountains on either side, is Queenstown. Known as New Zealand’s “adventure capital”, Queenstown has a small population of 14,300 but is crowded with experiences to offer the intrepid traveler. Choose from boating, skiing, river rafting, hiking, biking and horseback riding, to name but a few. Plus, adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping at Kawerau Bridge (the world’s first ever bungee jump and the highest in the Southern Hemisphere), skydiving, or canyon swinging are just a few of the bucket list experiences to add to the list.

If you want to slow things down though, Queenstown is home to top bars, restaurants and vineyards, as well as a lively arts scene. When you’re done with your trekking, return to “city life” for dinner on the lakeshore or browse the numerous boutique shops and galleries around town. We suggest visiting the Creative Queenstown Art and Craft Market on Saturdays for live music and 100% locally-made goods.

Nearby historic Arrowtown is a charming town, with picturesque tree-lined streets and gold-rush era architecture, located on the banks of the Arrow River. Arrowtown is a known for fashion and fine wools, not to mention local arts and delectable restaurants.

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