Go hiking in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a rugged land of ice and rock where blue lakes, picturesque glaciers and majestic mountains will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. Soak your weary muscles in Omarama’s hot tubs before you experience Queenstown’s famed adventures – bungy and jet boating.
Drive north from Queenstown to the beautiful Lake Pukaki in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. This glacial-fed turquoise lake is dominated by Australasia’s highest peak (Aoraki Mt Cook) and is the place to explore New Zealand’s longest glacier – the Tasman Glacier. Accessed by helicopters and ski planes, it is excellent for intermediate skiers. Or take a boat tour to explore the glacier’s spectacular terminal lake.
Staying amidst the sky-scraping peaks and glacial wonders of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, today you explore one of its most popular walks – the Hooker Valley Track. The well-formed four-hour walk takes you along the Hooker River and across swing bridges before ending at a glacier lake. In the evening, head to Big Sky Stargazing or join one of Earth & Sky's tours at Mount John Observatory to enjoy ‘one of the best stargazing sites on earth’.
An hour’s drive south through picturesque sheep farming country brings you to Omarama, a magnet for gliding enthusiasts and the perfect place to rest your weary muscles. Hot Tubs Omarama is a health spa complex where you immerse in pure mountain water while soaking in the beautiful Mackenzie Country scenery around you.
Head two hours south of Omarama to Queenstown, home to the ultimate adventure bucket list. Bungy from Kawarau Bridge, the world’s first commercial bungy, or if you’re up to it, take the leap of faith with the Nevis Bungy – a staggering 134m high with an 8.4 second freefall. Round up your Queenstown adventure with an exhilarating jet boat ride on one of the region’s three stunning rivers.