Queenstown is the gateway to vineyards, ski fields, glacier, and stunning fjords. It is an idyllic lakeside city that is widely known as New Zealand’s adrenaline Capital. Here are the top must-see attractions in Queenstown, New Zealand.
The locals call Lake Wakatipu “Hollow of the Giant” and according to legend, fearsome mountain giant resting shape formed it. It is believed this lake’s heart still beats on because of the rhythmic rise and fall of the lake’s waters.
As the descendants of determined European settlers and fierce Polynesian warriors, the spirit of adventure runs through the Kiwis veins. Head to Steamer Wharf to learn more about Wakatipu early settlers and the Lake. While here, climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw also known as “The Lady of the Lake”. This steamship has been transporting passengers and livestock to and from the High Country for over 100 years.
Head to Marine Parade when the sun gets low to enjoy the spectacle of Mother Nature. Queenstown is filled with craft breweries, cafes, bars and restaurants where travelers and locals exchange tales. With the rhythm of the seasons Queenstown contracts and expands.
The Ski Fields
Residents relax and transform this city into a top-notch ski destination after the hectic summer. There are three main ski fields in Queenstown each with its own highlights and charms. One of them is the Remarkable Ski Field which is about 45 minutes’ drive from the city. It features ruins for beginners and seasoned freestylers. Another ski field is the Cardrona Alpine Resort. The half pipes and Terrain Parks here meet Olympic standards and are one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Coronet Peak Ski Area is the last one, and it is just 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown. It is a spectacular resort that offers a thrilling roller coaster terrain as well as a dedicated learner area. After some hours on the slopes, you can enjoy a meal with a view.
Once the snow melts, Queenstown accommodates a new set of visitors who flock to the Arrow Basin to explore the High Country’s charming historic towns and taste its flavors. In the 19th century, Chinese prospectors established the Arrowtown community. The Kiwis struck gold a century later at Kawerau Bridge. This is the first spot of bungee jumping in the world. You can also hop on a jet boat in the Shotover River for a thrill ride through the river’s narrow canyons.
The Kiwis have taken inspiration from the dramatic surrounding to create one of the most spectacular adventure playgrounds in the world. At the same time, the locals know the best time to slow down to unwind and enjoy the pleasures of life. There are over 75 wineries in Queenstown and the nearby Gibbston Valley. Pinot Noirs acclaimed for their vitality, freshness, and purity are produced here.