If you’re travelling in New Zealand, a stop in Queenstown is an absolute must. The adventurous town is full of fun, daring excursions, along with plenty of indoor fun for rainy days (or if you just need a break from all the thrills). Altogether, it captures much of the best of New Zealand, all in a fairly compact area.
Check out these five awesome things to do in Queenstown if you want to hit the highlights.
1. Climb Mountains
If you’ve ever wondered about the old adage that you can do anything you put your mind to, Queenstown offers plenty of opportunities to prove it to yourself. One such opportunity is hiking some of the mountains in the near distance around the city. Whether you go for the tamer Queenstown Hill (which feels more like a 14-er) or try out the daunting but spectacular Ben Lomond, a mountain pass best explored in the summertime, you’ll love the freeing feeling of being on top of the world (and in such a beautiful part of it). There are more challenging hikes elsewhere in the world, but few can match these for their combination of convenience, beauty, and sense of achievement.
2. Bungy Jumping
If you want an even greater thrill than a mountain hike with none of the effort or exertion, opt for one of the things Queenstown is most famous for: bungy jumping. There are a few different places to try it, and a few different ways to jump (from simply dropping straight down to trying any sort of daredevil leap you like). But if you have the stomach for it, this is certainly something to consider in Queenstown. Few places in the world, if any, have such a reputation for it. (We should also note that for those who would rather not try bungy jumping, there are also some very fun swings that offer a similar experience that feels safer).
3. Go For A Ride
For even more adventure, you can rent ATVs on Queenstown Hill for several hours at a time. The prevailing rental company, Get Your Guide, provides rain gear and other supplies to help you get the most out of your experience, through which you can navigate the hills and mountains around Queenstown in the most exhilarating way possible. It’s sure to be an absolutely unforgettable experience.
4. SkyCity Queenstown
While New Zealand has great weather most of the time, it can also rain quite a bit. And if you need a rainy day activity, heading to the casino is one of the best options in Queenstown. Gambling activity has grown up online in New Zealand, bringing about virtually innumerable digital betting and gaming options. Contrary to what some might imagine though, this has not stunted land-based casino operations in the country’s biggest cites, and accordingly SkyCity Queenstown remains a big, popular, fun-filled attraction. There are all the games you could want, you can sip cocktails and mingle with friends as you go, and the Wild Thyme restaurant provides excellent food. To top it all off, the casino is open until 4am!
5. Visit the Spa
Onsen Hot Pools provides ultimate luxurious experience for you when you want to stay inside, or if you just want to soothe your mind and body after a few days out having adventures. No matter the season, the facility has hot tubs for you to soak in before a massage, with open views and retractable roofs that can either let in a gentle snow or allow you to look at the night sky. After your time in the hot pool (shareable with up to three others), you’re taken back for a massage. Other spa treatments are available as well, but the hot tub-to-massage combination is what the spa is famous for.