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Queenstown Travel Guide

Set amidst the enchanting Wakatipu and the accurately named 'Remarkables' Mountain range, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was purely the scenery that made Queenstown menacingly encapulating, alas no; the spectacular scenery merely provides an outstanding backdrop for the wonders within (and an outstanding backdrop for a skydive!)

12 Mile delta Ithilian Camp

For those who love the books and films of Lord of The Rings, I would highly recommend the full day tour, Trails of Middle Earth with Southern Lakes sightseeing. The day starts off with one of their guides picking you up from your accommodation in Queenstown (and they can pick you up right outside Nomads Queenstown too). Our guide for the day was called Bob, and he was perhaps the single most knowledgeable man I have ever met, in regards to the books and films of Lord of The Rings.


frogz sledging queenstown

A lot of people have heard about white water rafting, but white water sledging is not as well known. In Queenstown you can do both! The water sledge was founded in the late 70's in France, some keen Frenchmen were floating downstream through the rapids, way up in the alps, lying on bags filled with life jackets and polystyrene. In 1981, the first sledge or ''Hydrospeed'' was designed and built and since then, sledging has become a recognized sport with competitions held every year.


Hydro Attack

Are you ready to take on a 18ft shark? That is the question I had to ask myself and for the first time ever I have the fear and it's not from drinking!

Queenstown's newest activity and the only place in the world to offer a commercial tour in the seabreacher x. This is an 18 ft long mechanical shark powered by a 260 HP super charged engine! Reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour in 3.9 seconds.


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So, it may not be valentines day, but there are still some young lovers in Queenstown looking for the ideal place to 'woo' their loved ones.

Now it is pretty easy to down a few pints, put on your beer goggles, and pick up a willing partner for the evening; however if you are looking for 'the one' or at least 'the one for a week long holiday romance', then read on for Nomads Queenstown Backpacker Hostel's guide to romantic hotspots that we suggest you take your current eye candy to...

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Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane from 15,000ft is not something everyone would do, but for me it's something I have wanted to do for years, and I finally got the chance with Nzone skydive in Queenstown.

After calling for the morning weather check and finding out that my jump was going ahead, I signed my life away and headed out to the jump zone. The jump zone is a short 20 minutes drive from central Queenstown, at the base of the spectacular snow capped Remarkables mountain range.



So leaving my hostel in Queenstown I wasn't really sure what to expect of this day... But I was feeling nervous! Upon arriving at the Canyon Swing office I was greeted with a warm smile and a wonderful light breakfast provided by the Shotover Canyon Swing staff. I was checked in and got a chance to meet some of the others that were about to be thrown off a cliff attached only by a rope and harness and swung at a high speed over a beautiful river running between through the Canyon.

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A few of the staff from Nomads Queenstown Backpackers hostel were lucky enough recently to be invited to visit The Fear Factory, Queenstown.

I have to say it was a fantasticly freaky time! If you love a good fright like I do then don't miss out on this new must-do activity in Queenstown!



If you know me, then you are already know that I am a baby, ask any one of my colleagues at Nomads Auckland Backpackers hostel and they'll tell you what a big baby I am. I back out of bungee jumps, cry on skywalks and shake violently anywhere high so the idea of paragliding in Queenstown with G-Force Queenstown was most certainly not on my radar! I am definitely not a true red blooded thrill seeker, I am however a trier...


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