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Queenstown, New Zealand

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

If you had to describe Queenstown in one word… ADRENALINE!

Home to the world’s first Bungee site, crazy Jetboat experiences along a winding river, jaw-droppingly high Bungee Jumps, Giant Swings, and a huge Catapult launching you out over a valley! Those are just a few of the incredible adventures waiting for you here!

The town itself is a beautiful lakeside town, with many awesome hiking possibilities, pleasant locals, and dining spots!

Queenstown is the perfect Trip for absolute Adventure seekers and Nature Lovers (at any age since over 75 y/o’s Bungee for free!). We recommend 5-7 days in Summer (December to February) to fully experience the region.

Suggested Activities

Queenstown is home not only to the world’s first commercial bungee site, but another 2 epic Bungee jumps, all operated by industry leading AJ Hacket bungee, the global birthplace of Adventure Tourism.

Jump “the original”, the 43m Kawarau bridge jump into the river below,
The Ledge bungee (with epic views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu), 
or discover new boundaries for yourself with the Huge 134m Bungee at their Nevis site!

These jumps are absolutely unforgettable experiences that will live with you for a lifetime, as you remember soaring through the air screaming your lungs out… with fear or joy… and the accomplishment you feel after for proving yourself capable to #livemorefearless, as AJ Hacket would say!

Experience the exhilarating Shotover River Jet Boat Tour, as you speed through narrow canyons, perform thrilling 360° spins, and marvel at the stunning landscapes surrounding Queenstown’s most famous river.

Link to the ShotoverJet website (click here).

“The World’s most exciting Jet Boat Ride” 90 second YT video link (click here).

Ascend 450 meters above Queenstown for 220° views, then race down the mountain on a thrilling 800m luge ride (gravity powered go-karts!) with banked corners and tunnels!

Link to the Luge and Skyline website (click here).

Embark on a challenging 6-8 hour hike, ascending 1,438 meters to witness unparalleled vistas of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Southern Alps.

Google Maps Link (click here).

Stroll along tree-lined streets, discover preserved miners’ cottages, and indulge in delicious food at quaint cafes in this historic gold-mining town.

Google Maps link (click here).

Freefall from 12,000 feet, reaching speeds up to 200 km/h while SCREAMING… and marveling at jaw-dropping alpine landscapes.

With 30 years of experience and over 1000 positive reviews, NZONE skydive offers an incredible experience!

Link (click here).

Top Tips

Secure your spot and benefit from potential discounts by booking in advance!

These thrill-adventures are a major part of your trip to Queenstown, so make sure you can experience them by booking ahead once you know when you are going to be there!

To explore the nearby attractions like Hikes and surrounding Towns at your own pace, rent a car to give yourself maximum flexibility!

Even in summer, the wind and weather can be unpredictable, especially as you will be spending a lot of time outside (or bungee-jumping off bridges…) so bring some layers!

Make it Unique

If you want an unforgettable experience, book a white water rafting tour in the famous Shotover River and see New Zealand’s nature by the river!

This action and adrenaline-packed adventure will be truly memorable!

With 6 exciting rapids and a 170m long tunnel, this is a true adventure!

Information & Booking Link (click here).

Visit the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

A 3-hour drive from Queenstown, this is an exciting overnight trip. Either book a trip or drive yourself.

Google Maps Link (click here).

Learn about the native lifestyle and history of the famous māori culture by attending a hāngi and cultural performance.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Queenstown is by flying into the Queenstown Airport (ZQN), which has flights from major cities in New Zealand and Australia.

If travelling from further away, connecting flights from major cities in New Zealand are available. 

Other: There are no direct train options, but you can get buses or rent your own car to get to Queenstown from other areas of New Zealand.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of walking and public transportation.

Buses, taxis, Ubers, and bike rentals are available.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Queenstown is by flying into the Queenstown Airport (ZQN), which has flights from major cities in New Zealand and Australia.

If travelling from further away, connecting flights from major cities in New Zealand are available. 

Other: There are no direct train options, but you can get buses or rent your own car to get to Queenstown from other areas of New Zealand.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of walking and public transportation.

Buses, taxis, Ubers, and bike rentals are available.

Safety Concerns

Safety concerns for tourists in Queenstown are minimal.

Be prepared for outdoor activities: appropriate gear, inform others of plans, check weather.

Where to Stay?

The best area to stay is Central Queenstown, or nearby Frankton.

  • Hostels: There are multiple great options for affordable hostels, either with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds. Hostels are the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. The Nomads Queenstown Hostel is an award-winning hostel with great reviews and a central location.
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people looking for maximum comfort.