Queenstown is the hub of outdoor activities on the South Island – IE the outdoor capital of New Zealand especially in the summertime. So when it rains, its not a good scene here! The activities are almost endless! Some include bungee jumping (which started in New Zealand by the way) paragliding, hang gliding, zip lining, helicopter tours and jet boating.
This area of New Zealand has been compared to the resort area of Lake Tahoe in California. Queenstown sites on the northern part of Lake Wakatipu – and is a very typical upper class resort town especially with its classy shops & high priced hotels. The southern Alps make for a dramatic backdrop.
A great way to get a quick overview of Queenstown and Lake Wanaka is to take the SkyLine Gondola which shoots up the side of the mountain to the center on top which contains a few shops and a restaurant. visit this Gondala’s website at: www.skyline.co.nz – located off of Brecon Street. Parking along the actual street that leads to the Gondola center can be quite tight, but there are tiered parking lots on the back side of the hill near the Gondala center.
If you continue up past the luge track you can hike several short hiking trails. One leads through a gloomy forest to the top of a hill where many of the paragliders take off.
Be sure to visit www.queenstownadventure.com for more outdoor high energy activities.