Queenstown The Adventure Capital of the World

Queenstown, located in South Island, New Zealand,  is renowned for its stunning landscapes, and lively atmosphere and is often considered the adventure capital of the world.

We delve into some of the best adrenaline-pumping activities Queenstown has to offer and take a look at what makes the town the number one destination for those seeking a holiday full of adventure.

A picturesque playground

The diverse landscapes and terrains hugely enhance the adventure experience in Queenstown. The mountain range is perfect for skiing and snowboarding, Lake Wakatipu provides an ideal spot for water sports and there are hiking and biking trails at every turn.

As well as providing a varied terrain, the landscapes of Queenstown are extremely picturesque providing a breathtaking backdrop for whichever type of activity is being undertaken.

Accessible adventure

Those expending all their energy flying down the slopes or trekking through mountains, won’t want the hassle of long or complicated transfers from the airport, especially when transporting a load of gear and equipment.

Fortunately, Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is only five miles from the center, with plenty of public transport to get you there in a matter of minutes.

Moreover, there is now a deal great deal more connectivity when it comes to getting to Queenstown with several airlines jetting off to ZQN from the US.

Most providers will offer indirect flights meaning you will have to factor in connections but there is sometimes the option to fly direct with certain providers. For example, indirect eDreams flights to Queenstown are available to and from both Seattle and Philadelphia, but they also offer direct flights from New Orleans meaning you won’t have to worry about hauling your skis or snowboard across the airport to make that connecting flight!

Aim to use providers with enhanced algorithms and search tools to help bag a bargain and quickly ascertain availability before you start booking that bungee!

Paragliding and skydiving

Paragliding and skydiving

There are numerous options when it comes to both paragliding and skydiving with several providers, all with something different to offer.

Experienced paragliders can head to sites such as the Skyline Gondola which allows gliders to soar over Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. For those with less experience, tandem paragliding is often the preferred option whereby gliders are strapped to a professional who can take over the controls!

NZone Skydive and Sky Dive Southern Alps are two of the most-used and reputable providers. After taking off in one of their aircraft, divers will enjoy a freefall for around 60 seconds before deploying the parachute to enjoy a scenic descent over the lake and mountains.

Bungee jumping

It doesn’t get much better for adventure-seekers than bungee jumping and there’s no better place than Queenstown to give it a go! The scenic surroundings of Queenstown make for a particularly thrilling experience and there are several spots for a legendary jump.

Nevis Bungy is one of the highest jumps in New Zealand. The platform stands at 440 feet above the Nevis River, providing a whopping 8.5-second freefall with a gentle swing at the end.

Kawarau Bridge Bungee is where it all began and is the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping. Jumpers will freefall towards the Kawarau River from the 140-foot-high bridge.

For a more urban jump, head to the top of the Skyline Gondola. Despite its urban setting, the platform offers stunning views across Queenstown and Wakatipu and jumpers even get to choose from various jump styles!

Skiing and snowboarding

Queenstown offers a world-class winter sports experience against the backdrop of the beautiful Southern Alps. Do remember that ski season in Queenstown is from June to early October.

Queenstown is surrounded by two major ski resorts; Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Coronet Peak is the closest to the town and just a 20-minute drive away. Remarkables is a little further out, but it’s well worth the 45-minute drive for its dramatic terrain and stunning scenery.

Both resorts have a diverse range of terrain to accommodate both beginner skiers and snowboarders to those looking for steeper slopes or an off-piste challenge.

Both resorts offer modern facilities and equipment hire and shuttle services operate from Queenstown.

Jet boating

Several companies such as KJet and Shotover Jet will participate in some extremely exciting rides,  with thrilling twists and spins as the boats navigate Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River.

Seeking the stunning sites via a high-speed, exhilarating boat ride is a great way to experience Queenstown and whilst still pretty thrilling, jet boating is great for families or those looking for something slightly less nerve-shredding than a bungee jump!

Given that it is the ultimate pioneer of adventure tourism, there’s a real sense of being in safe hands when you’re in Queenstown. The friendly operators and organizers are particularly welcoming,  whether you’re an experienced adventure addict or are just getting started and taking your first leap (quite literally!) into the unknown.

Given the extensive menu of thrilling activities on offer and the beauty of the surrounding landscapes Queenstown, undoubtedly earns its title as the adventure capital of the world.