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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!)

queenstownluge

Luging is fast becoming one of the most popular activities in Queenstown, not only with backpackers but with locals too. Luging is located at the top of the Gondola which is a perfect location because you have a beautiful view over Queenstown while you race down the luge tracks. You can even join other activities while you are on top of the Gondola, like the ledge bungy, a maori show or having lunch/dinner at the Skyline restaurant.


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Earnslaw.Queenstown

If you want to do something a wee bit different here in Queenstown other than adrenalin madness, then I highly recommend going for a ride on the famous TSS Earnslaw. I think people easily put it into the 'trip for the older person' or 'family trip' box, but honestly it is something worth doing no matter what your age!


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ferg

I’m a big fan of hype, or at least the creation it. I love the fact that people get excited, get interested, and something gets attention. It’s even better when it’s something small that has a huge amount of attention. Or something that is the most something in the world, like the biggest pineapple or the longest straight road.


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Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Jet boating is another unique New Zealand activity that can found throughout New Zealand, originating from another Kiwi with time, imagination and a desire for adrenaline on his hands. If you are going to experience the thrill of Jet boating during your time in New Zealand then make sure you do it with Shotover Jet on the Shotover River in Queenstown.


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Whitewater rafting

The words 'rafting in Queenstown' is often followed immediately by 'Shotover river' but what happens when the Shotover river isn't raftable and what happens if you fancy some rafting action but aren't too sure about whether you can handle the serious stuff. Well this is where the Kawarau River comes in. Rafting the Kawarau River is awesome for first time rafters and those wanting to enjoy Lord of the Rings country with a bit of a difference.


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Nevis Arc Queenstown

So you're not really into the whole bungy thing. Or maybe you are, but you're just a general maniac and keen to get into everything possible while you're here. Meet the Nevis Swing. Not quite a bungy, the Nevis Swing sells itself as the biggest swing in the world, out in the Nevis canyon next to the AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy.


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ajqueen

This is the big one, the Pièce de résistance of bungy in New Zealand, the bungy Holy Grail if you will. The highest in Australasia and the third highest in the whole wide world. One of three AJ Hackett bungy sites to be found in and around the Queenstown area. These guys are the experts, the founders of the commercial bungy, established in 1988 and still going strong, leading the way in adventure tourism and constantly delivering the ultimate adrenaline high.


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Ziptrek Eco-Tours Queenstown NZ

In keeping with the eco-friendly spirit of things, I opted to walk up to Bobs Peak, the spot near SkyLine overlooking Queenstown where the Ziptrek Ecotours starts and finishes from. It took me a cool 50 minutes, and it's definitely a gruelling track in places, but also well worth it. If you don't fancy the walk up to Ziptrek Ecotours then the Gondola itself is in fact hydro powered, so don't feel too guilty if you opt for the more relaxing way up, you're not hurting Mother Earth too badly.


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