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 plenty of casual food options from burgers to sushi, ensures all tastes and budgets are catered to.
Large Range of Accommodation Options
A 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 provide cabin accommodation are 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.
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Possibly New Zealand’s most spectacular attraction, the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier must be seen to be believed. Franz Josef Glacier Guides offer an incredible range of glacier experiences from ice climbing to heli-hikes.
Follow the dramatic Hollyford Track through the stunning Fiordland National Park and get closer to nature than ever before on one of New Zealand’s best-guided walks. 3-day guided walks with luxury accommodation offers the perfect balance of nature and comfort.
Get close to nature and World Heritage scenery with this unique eco-adventure. Travel along the Dart River and explore the Dart River Valley and forests by inflatable kayak or high-speed jet boat.