10 'Must Do's in Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand's premium alpine resort.... there are some activities that cannot be missed if wanting to experience the essence of Queenstown.

1. Take a hike

There are many walking tracks in and around the Queenstown area. From strolls along the lakeshore to hikes taking several days.

2. Go for a ride

In the summer mountain biking swaps out the snow boarders of the winter. An extensive cylcleways network is due to open in October 2012 covering a vast amount of the Wakatipu area. For more details go to Queenstown Trails Trust. Of course in the winter Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas are a short car ride from Queenstown.

3. One word: Bungy

You simply cannot come to Queenstown and not check out the bungy jumping site at Kawarau Gorge. You don't have to jump - it's almost as fun as watching freaked out jumpers take the plunge!

4. Drink Central Otago Pinot Noir

Head out to Gibbston Valley to sample world class pinot noir wine in one of the picturesque vineyards.

5. Eat a Ferg Burger

A rite of passage for any backpacker who visits Queenstown. However, you don't have to be a backpacker to sample these world famous burgers.

6. Get out on the water

Whether its jetboating up the Kawarau, Dart or Shotover Rivers or taking a more leisurely trip on the 100 year old Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, the waterways around Queenstown are so pristine  and lead to even more breath-taking scenery.

7. Visit Arrowtown

Celebrating 150 years in 2012, this quaint gold-mining village by the Arrow River is only 20 minutes from Queenstown. It is famous for its wide variety of desiduous trees that turn the little township into a mass of golds, reds and oranges in the autumn.

8. Sample the Night-life

Queenstown has a record number of bars and eateries per capita within New Zealand. Celebrity chefs have set up shop and there is all manner of cuisines on offer. Bars serving cold beer, local wines and cocktails are easy to find!

9. Pamper yourself

Why not splurge and treat yourself to a bit of pampering in one of Queentown's many day spas. Most of the leading hotels have in house spa services in beautiful settings.

10. Take in the views

Ride the Skyline Gondola up Bob's Peak to photograph the iconic view of Queenstown found on every Queenstown postcard. You won't be disappointed. While up at the Skyline Ridge ride the chairlift to the top and luge down the racing tracks with spectacular views every where you look.

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