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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!)
Having already had some experience with quad bikes, I guess I kind of thought I had a bit of a clue what to expect from Nomad Quad Safaris...wrong! My previous experience with quad bikes entailed cruising round placid farm country in a singlet, shorts and jandals. I knew from the off that this was going to be a little bit different.
The guys at Nomad Safaris offer 4WD adventure tours into New Zealand backcountry, exploring historic gold mining areas and a selection of filming locations used in The Lord of the Rings movies.
If you are tired of paying through the nose for all the high adrenaline activities that leave you feeling light in the head and the pocket, why not try experiencing New Zealand the cheap and natural way by trekking or hiking around Queenstown. If you want some time to yourself, some deep soulful conversation with a friend or if you just need to clear your head of the indulgences of the night before, then get out and try these amazing Queenstown trekking and hiking tracks that are within spitting distance of Queenstowns town centre.
Queenstown is a very popular place to live and work, whether it's for 1 month or 1 year and it seems like a large portion of Queenstown's population is foreign. Genuine Kiwis are very hard to come across, and Queenstown locals are even harder to find, meaning that backpackers with work visa's do have a good chance of finding work. The best times of year to find work are just before Winter, in April/May, and coming into summer in November.
Whoever came up with the idea of river boarding in Queenstown is a genius. Think white water rafting crossed with body boarding and you've got the right idea. As far as summer activities in Queenstown goes, Mad Dog River Boarding ranks up with the best of them. After so many activities involving plummeting from great heights it's a pleasant feeling dipping yourself into the water and getting your heart racing on the ground.