Queenstown in Winter: Play more everyday

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It's no secret that Queenstown turns into a winter wonderland in the snow. Home to all things ski & adrenaline, you'll want to max your time here.

Located within an hour of three world-class ski resorts, Queenstown is magical for those that love their skiing and snowboarding served up with epic mountain views. Combine this with a famous jet boat ride, soaking in stunning hot pools, skydiving and feasts of hearty, tasty fare, and you’ve got a day you’ll never forget. Wondering how to cram it all in? Below, we show you how!

9am - Seize the day, hit the slopes

From beginners to the most experienced snow bunnies, Queenstown has the perfect slope for any level. Start the day cruising groomed runs looking out over epic views. Choose from Coronet Peak, the Remarkables or Cardrona, hit the chairlift and off you go! Beginner skiers will love the dedicated beginner ski areas and package options, while the more experienced will lap up the advanced terrain areas coveted by professionals from all over the world.

Make it happenCoronet Peak, the Remarkables or Cardrona are all within an hours’ drive of Queenstown. 

1pm - Chase the thrill on the Shotover River

Did you know that New Zealand invented the jet boat? This powerful, adrenaline-pumping activity is not to be missed in Queenstown. Zoom down the turquoise-hued Shotover River, squeezing through narrow river gorges and nearly brushing towering rock faces. It’s seriously exhilarating!

Make it happen: The Shotover Jet offers a classic kiwi jet boating experience.

2pm - Relax with a soak in private hot pools

Catch your breath and unwind in your own private, spring-fed hot pool. Did we mention the spectacular views of the Shotover River? At Onsen Hot Pools, giant oak tubs are perched high on a hillside, and remote control doors lift up to showcase the view and the sky. It’s pure magic, especially if you’ve hit the slopes for a few days running!

Make it happen: The Onsen Hot Pools are on Arthur’s Point Road, just up from the Shotover Jet. Book in advance on their website. 

4pm - Spread your wings with a Skydive

Nothing comes close to Skydiving for the ultimate in pure adrenaline – especially in Queenstown. Experience the beauty of mountains, lakes and golden plains from 12,000 feet in the air. There’s simply nothing else in the world like it!

Make it happen: NZONE Skydive Queenstown will help you to embrace the fear & enjoy the ultimate skydiving experience!

6pm - Feast on Fergburger, then party into the night

Ferburger is quintessential kiwi goodness at its best. A famous Queenstown staple for years, burgers here are known for their fresh, tasty and delicious New Zealand ingredients. Wash it down with a kiwi craft beer, and you’ll be in foodie heaven! Celebrate an awesome Queenstown weekend at the Queenstown Winter Festival, in the last weeks of June every year. Kiwi bands, fireworks, ice skating and all-star snowboarding – don’t miss it!

Make it happen: Head to 42 Shotover Street, Queenstown to feast on your delicious Fergburger. You can buy tickets for various events here at the Queenstown Winter Festival. 

Wondering what else to pack into your New Zealand adventure? Check out our Backpacking itineraries for more inspiration. 

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