Queenstown, New Zealand

The Top 8 things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world. If you’re interested in adrenaline, heart-pumping activities, then Queenstown is the place you need to be. From Skydiving, water rafting, to heli-bungee, there’s a wide range of activities for the not so faint hearted. Doesn’t meant to say you have to be adventurous to visit this place. There’s a lot of things to do in this cute town. Being the most touristy city in New Zealand, there’s a wide range of activities for every kind of tourist.

Have a burger at the famous Fergburger

I’ll admit, when our tour guide told us Fergburger was one of the most popular burgers in New Zealand, I was a bit suspicious. “But have you ever had Patty & Bun?” I thought while he mentioned Fergburger. Nevertheless, we were craving burgers that night so decided to see what the hype was all about. It’s a shame I only have a blurry picture from Huji, because the burger was 100% worth the hype. No wonder there was such a big queue. Luckily we got there around the right time. I opted for the Bombay Chicken Burger which included Mango Chutney, Raeta, Pickles and Tandoori Chicken. Pretty sure it was one of the best burgers I’ve had in my life.

Visit Arrowtown

If you’ve got a few hours, Arrowtown is a cute village to spend your morning/afternoon at. The colonial town is surrounded by a gorgeous forest and beautiful trails you can explore. It reminded me of those small, quaint towns you see in TV shows.

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Do something you’re afraid of

Like skydiving, bungee jumping, or going on a canyon swing.. the possibilities are endless. Life‘s too short to be afraid or wonder ‘what if?’ Even before we arrived NZ I knew I wanted to go bungee jumping. Having previously done paragliding I was ready to get my heart pumping to the next level. I got to jump off the Kawarau Bridge with AJ Hackett – where the first commercial bungee jumping was proposed. The thought of it sounds terrifying, but once you take the leap, all your rational thoughts disappear.

Go on a Shootover Jet Ride

For those of you who don’t fancy risking your death, a great, safer alternative would be to take a shootover jet ride. Located in the Shootover Canyon, you’ll experience an incredible ride through the narrow river while drifting almost too close to the cliffs. It’s only a half an hour ride from town and the drivers are well experienced. There will be life jackets provided for the ride, but there’s no promise of not getting drenched.

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Take a day trip to Mildford Sound

Located just a few hours away from Queenstown, it’s one of the most visited sights in New Zealand. It’s a 4 hour drive from Queensland, which then includes a cruise along the Fiordlands where you’ll spot penguins, seals and marvel at the incredible fiords. The only downside is the trek back to Queenstown takes 4 hours as well. You can either take a bus journey or choose to fly back to Queenstown via a helicopter or scenic flight (if you have a bigger budget of course).

Take the Gondola up to the top of Queenstown

Skyline offers a gondola ride up to the top of Queenstown, where you can witness an incredible view of the city. You can also go bungee jumping with AJ Hackett there or luge down the mountain – which is basically driving down the hill Mario Kart style.

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Do the Ben Lomond Hike

Though I sadly didn’t get to do this, I’ve heard it’s an amazing one-day hike where you’ll get to witness amazing views of Queenstown and New Zealand’s mountains. If you don’t want to walk all the way up you can take the gondola ride first and then walk from there.

Visit Lake Wanaka

Wanaka is considered as a smaller version of Queenstown. It’s a small town surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the mountains. We actually stayed here for a night before coming to Queenstown, but you can always come for a day visit. It’s located an hour away from Queenstown and boasts such a relaxed vibe.

View the sunset from the lake front

If you know me you know I can’t miss a good sunset. Lake Wakatipu has some seriously incredible views of the sunset. The colours just light up the sky, with the mountain backdrop, you’ll be speechless.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful. Have you ever visited Queenstown?

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