Top 10 things to do in Queenstown

Getting the opportunity to live and work in Queenstown was an offer that I simply could not turn down! I arrived in Queenstown, staggered by the incredible scenery, with so many activities I wanted to pursue. I have outlined my personal top 10 things to do in the wonderful place that is Queenstown. I highly recommend doing as many of the following activities as you possibly can, so make sure you budget well and spend enough time here to witness firsthand the magnificence of Queenstown! If you have the intention to stay for a while, we have included have some tips on finding work in Queenstown).

1. Skyline Gondola

The Skyline Gondola is a must! You can either purchase a return pass or take a 1 hour walk up towards the Skyline restaurant and viewing platform. This views from the top of Bobs Peak overlooking Queenstown are simply stunning!

2. Luging

Luging is a top fun-filled activity, overlooking the magnificent views of Queenstown. You can purchase a pass for the Skyline Gondola and 5 luges at a very reasonable price. Luging is a ridiculous amount of fun and definitely a must do! read more

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3. Ben lomond Hiking Track

The Ben Lomond hiking track is one of the great walks surrounding Queenstown. Offering spectacular views that stretch on for miles, this 8 hour walk is not to be missed and is certainly not for the unfit or undesirable! read more

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4. Paragliding

Paragliding is yet another adrenaline pumping activity that is popular in Queenstown. Leap off the mountain top and soar above the skies, taking in the memorizing views of Queenstown! read more

5. Bungy Jump

Simply put, Queenstown is the home of bungy jumping! Founders AJ Hackett have several bungy jumping sites in Queenstown, including the original Kawarua Bridge Bungy, the spectacular Ledge Bungy and the ultimate 134m Nevis Bungy. Pluck up the courage and do a bungy whilst in Queenstown! read more

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6. Shotover Canyon Swing

The Shotover Canyon Swing is an incredible alternative to the bungy jump, providing an epic backdrop with the canyon surrounding. Choose from over 70 different jump styles and experience the ultimate plunge in any way you want. Plus, it's only an extra $35 to go again! read more

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7. Shotover Jet

The Shotover Jet is an incredible way to seek that pure adrenaline rush whilst in Queenstown! Speed through the narrow and dramatic canyon, whilst maneuvering around boulders and skimming past rocky outcrops. It's so popular that even Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge decided to give it a go! read more

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8. Skydiving

NZONE Skydive and Skydive Paradise both offer a sensational sky diving experience overlooking the magnificent views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Both skydiving companies offer an unforgettable 15,000 feet sky diving thrill that is not to be missed! more about Nzone - more about Skydive Paradise.

9. Fergburger

What do you need after all this excitement? That's right... a Fergburger! This wee meat pattie has risen from humble beginnings as a hole in the wall burger joint to the most talked about burger joint in NZ. It is a source of sustenance for backpackers and seasonnaires and wow is it worth it. Do not let the queue put you off, it goes down quickly! Top tip: splash out on the Bulls eye burger, it is worth it! read more

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10. Frisbee Golf

Frisbee Golf is great fun! Certainly a less energetic and less extreme activity, but still unique and a top way to spend your free time in Queenstown. read more

Queenstown really is the adventure capital of New Zealand and if my first month has been anything to go by, my time here at Nomads Queenstown is going to be an epic adventure from start to finish! Bring it on!


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