Sitting on the shores of the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, between several breathtaking mountain ranges, Queenstown is a visitor’s heaven. A crystal clear lake, alluring mountain ranges, graceful boulevards, and exquisite food and wine; Queenstown offers visitors a world class experience all year round.

If adventure sports and an adrenaline rush is what you seek, make sure you plan your trip during the winter. Late June to early September is best for trying your hand at skiing and snowboarding. What visitors like most about Queenstown is the array of choices it provides. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to have a thrilling adventures or just a relaxing time to unwind; Queenstown is the place to be.

1. The glorious Queenstown Hill
Situated on Belfast Street, the Queenstown Hill is often considered to be the prime tourist attraction in Queenstown. Ideal for trekking and hiking, the hill provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and their reflection in the clear waters of Lake Wakatipu.

The walk is not that difficult, but the slope that you need to climb is fairly steep. Take a partner along, bring a camera, and make your hike to the top of Queenstown Hill an enjoyable and fun experience.

2. The splendid Skyline Gondola complex
This is seated high on Bob’s peak, just a five minute walk from central Queenstown. Glide up to the top in a qondola to the viewing deck for some stunning views at the top of Queenstown.

Race down the hill in a three wheeled Luge cart that allows you to adjust the speed according to your need for a thrill. When tired and hungry, discover the legendary “Taste New Zealand” buffet with a fulfilling six course meal of generous proportions.

3. Queenstown Garden
After all the skiing, hiking, and biking, you can relax in the Queenstown garden. Stroll through the garden, feed the ducks, play a game of Frisbee on the Frisbee golf course, or watch an ice hockey game (winter) taking place in the ice hockey ring nearby.

4. Luxurious Jacks Point Golf Course
Choose a warm, wind-free day to enjoy a game of golf on Queenstown’s premium, world class golf course, or just catch up with old friends over great food and lush fields. The service at Jacks Point Golf Course is exceptional. You can have the staff bring your coffee out to the lawns, watch over the kids as they run free outdoors or lose yourself in the exquisite lunch. The views of snow covered peaks that are the ‘Remarkables’ certainly live up to their name.

5. Arrowtown heritage village
Located along Buckingham Street, the Arrowtown Village is a gorgeous little town oozing with heritage. See the newly revived miner’s cottages, stroll the inviting boulevards or admire the exhibitions at Lakes District Museum. Experience the pubs, eateries, boutiques, wine and coffee joints, friendly people, and retail shops offering great deals. Arrowtown Village will leave you wishing for a permanent stay there.

6. Impressive Kiwi Birdlife Park
Especially great if you have brought your kids along, the Kiwi Birdlife Park is your chance to come close to rare flora and fauna. Spread across five acres of land, the park has the native New Zealand Kiwi along with other exotic birds and reptiles that are bred by the park’s trained staff. The entrance fee to the park is used to help the breeding and conservation of the rare birds at the park.

The staff put on a great show that is both informative and entertaining. Teach your kids while your family experiences conservation in action at the Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Queenstown never fails to wow its visitors. Relax with beautiful spa treatments and enjoy the heritage shopping. Try an air adventure or sightseeing flight, jet boating or eco kayak trips on  lake or river,bungy jumping, heli skiing, golfing, snowboarding, walking, trekking and biking. Numerous options also abound for fine dining, cafes and bars.

Don’t forget your rental car hire for more flexibility while you’re out and about in the Queenstown and neighbouring areas.

Isreal Hartley is an author, an internet marketer an avid traveller who loves the outdoors, great food and great wine.  Isreal has written on a wide range of topics, including finance, travel, online marketing, design and software. Follow him on Linkedin and on Google+ @ Isreal Hartley

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