Queenstown really is the heart of New Zealand, the pulse lies somewhere between the dramatic landscape, the glistening Lake Wakatipu and the sense of adventure that is forever presenting itself. We went right to the core of this electric town to uncover everything it had to offer. There is something undeniably spectacular about finding a locals favourite and a sanctuary amid the bustle.
Where to stay
Deep in the untouched landscapes of the South Island, resting upon the emotive Lake Wakatipu is a sanctuary so welcoming, you might just never want to leave. Matakauri Lodge is a perfect union of twelve luxurious guest rooms and suites, settled amid the native Toi Toi’s and wild flora. The retreat is located a blissful ten minutes from the Queenstown-township, a distance worth lusting-over during the high season. www.matakaurilodge.com
Nestled in the heart of Queenstown, is The Spire Hotel, offering a place where genuine hospitality and modern style uniquely combine. The Spire is located just moments from Queenstown’s vibrant cultural scene; and steps from incredible restaurants and four season lake and mountain adventures. The Spire is ideal for a romantic getaway, or for those seeking a rejuvenating and soulful experience.www.thespirehotel.com
What to do
Skip your morning coffee, and get an adrenaline hit like no other. Shotover Jet is a speedboat that operates in the dramatic Shotover River. The jet holds exclusive rights to operate within the remarkable canyons, which were carved out over the ages by a vast volume of fast-flowing water. The very grandeur of this spectacular environment, so close to the bustling Queenstown, adds to the exhilaration and uniqueness of the experience. www.shoteoverjet.com
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