The serene town of Queenstown lying in the very centre of the old Otago goldfields is here to offer both goose-bump giving adventure as well as pure relaxation to your family. In terms of world standard the place may be very small but when it comes to charm and enjoyment the place is bigger than any place else.
The best time to visit Queenstown in winter which ranges approximately from June to October. At this time, the mountains are all covered up in snow and the ski business is in its full swing. While Coronet Peak or the Remarkables demands a day long trip, Cardrona and Treble Cone are less time-taking. Heli-skiing, ice-skating and ice-hockey are the other adventurous options available in the winters. There is also a wonderful Winter Festival which commence each year in late June- early July.
Hold on, it’s not an end; there are other adventure options available for you in the place. In case you want to go for an extreme adventure, check in from the options of bungy, white-water rafting, jet boating, extreme eco-adventures, parapenting, canyoning, river-boarding, river-surfing, hang-gliding, the Nevis Arc, sky-diving, luge, canyon-swinging and the list continues.
If that’s not your cup of tea and you want a smoother treatment for your nerves then do go for helicopter flights, hill country horse rides, hot-air ballooning, kayaking, Lord of the Rings tours, nature walks, 4WD safaris, mountain biking, segway and quad biking. To give a boost to your sportsman spirit, try out your skills in golf, fishing, riding, biking, walking, hiking, climbing, clay target shooting, abseiling and many more.
Queenstown offers a great treat for the walks. There are ample numbers of walking options available. Time Walk on Queenstown Hills takes 2-3 hours whereas Moonlight Track and Ben Lomond climb takes 5-6 hours. There are more serious walking tracks like The Milford Track and Routeburn which requires a careful planning.
By this time you must be thinking, where are the options for relaxation. Just, be patient. Coming to that point, there are plenty of thing to do in Queenstown to relax your nerves.
Go for a visit to the magical shoreline of Lake Wakatipu. Take a long walk along the shoreline or watch them from steamship- Earnslaw which is a part of the place since 1912. In Earnslaw itself, visit Walter Peak, a historic country sheep station.
Spot the New Zealand birds including Kiwi or Kea, world’s cleverest bird at Kiwi Birdlife Park. Visit the nearby Arrowtown and get lost in the mesmerizing history of the place. Skipper’s Road offers you a visual treat of its scenery whereas drive through the tracks and tunnels of Goldfields Mining Centre conversation park will be an experience to treasure for ever.
Tours are available for the great vineyards of Queenstown like Farm, Amisfield, Brennan, Gibbston Valley and Coal Pit. World’s finest wines are produced here in Central Otago.
To head forward for more relaxed option just walk around the town, talk with the locals, visit the Queenstown Gardens, the Underwater Observatory or a winery, shops, restaurants, pubs, galleries and boutiques. Gift yourself an exotic spa or a lakeside lunch available here in the town.