Planning a trip to New Zealand and not sure where to go? One of our favorite places is Queenstown. Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is tucked into a charming bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range, this city is an all-seasons destination with plenty of activities to enjoy.
Queenstown is known for its breathtaking scenery and amazing outdoor activities. From relaxing nature hikes and trails to adrenaline filled adventures there’s something for everyone.
Did you know Queenstown is where the sport of bungy jumping first began? If throwing yourself off a bridge isn’t quite your thing, try out other adrenaline filled sports such as jet boating, skydiving, skiing, snowboarding, or white water rafting.
Looking for something a little more relaxing? Explore nature on a nature hike, visit a luxury spa and treat yourself to some rejuvenating experiences, spend some time shopping the boutiques or just sit at a café and relax. Learn about the rich history of this once gold mining camp, now flourishing world-renowned town. You’ll find a plethora of dining choices, animated bar scene and top notch shopping. Throughout the year you’ll also find loads of events like festivals, concerts, sporting events, wine & food, markets, and family events. Best of all, most of them are free and family friendly.
Surrounding Queenstown you’ll find some of the best places to visit, and easy day trips from the city; you’ll find nature experiences, wine tastings, and amazing scenery. This region is known as the Southern Lakes Region, and is made up of the following destinations:
Queenstown’s closest neighbor, Arrowtown, attracts many visitors looking to explore the history of the area. Here you’ll find many historic buildings, museums, amazing restaurants, and majestic scenery.
This township was a key location during the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Glenorchy is on the quiet side, with a great atmosphere and loads of outdoor activities- including Lord of the Rings walking tours.
This charming little town is located at the south end of Lake Wakatipu and is home to the famous Kingston Flyer. Just a quick 45-minute lakeside drive from Queenstown, it is the perfect destination for a day trip or a nice stop on your way to Fiordland.
Take a day trip to Fiordland from Queenstown or spend the night and enjoy the world famous fiords, awe-inspiring scenery, and amazing local wildlife. Fiordland offers unforgettable nature experiences.
Take a 50-minute drive from Queenstown over the Crown Range and you’ll find Lake Wanaka. This charming lakeside town is a great day trip from Queenstown.
Are you ready for your Queenstown Adventure? Give us a call at 312-851-9517 and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
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