Along with its title of New Zealand’s Adventure Capital, Queenstown has long been recognised as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination for a number of other reasons.
Stunning alpine scenery, a dry climate and four dramatic seasons have drawn visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the area for decades, and not just for the adrenalin inducing activities it has become renowned for.
Food & Wine
A highly regarded wine industry has grown alongside the adventure activities. Throughout the Gibbston Valley and around the Bannockburn area award winning pinot noir and other varietals can be found. And where there is good wine, good food is usually found and Queenstown does not disappoint. From wine matched menus found at winery restaurants, to world class dining at the numerous restaurants and the number of casual food providers serving burgers to sushi ensures all tastes and budgets are catered to.
The range of accommodation to match budgets and tastes is also found here. Indulge yourself at some of the highest rated luxury lodges in the world, enjoy boutique lakeside hotels, or check out the lively social scene at one of the many backpacker establishments found downtown. Campgrounds which also provide cabin accommodation are also a popular choice for the large numbers of families that holiday in the area.
Apart from thrillseekers, a number of visitors enjoy the more sedate activities looking through the old gold mining areas, cruising on the lake or hiking and cycling along the many trails that weave their way through the countryside and alongside the rivers and lakes. Backpackers to billionaires are spoilt for choice in Queenstown with well organised group activities to some of the most indulgent personalised adventures you can imagine, all run by some of the most highly regarded operators in the tourism industry. A Queenstown adventure is one you’ll remember for all the right reasons.