Although famous as the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest four season alpine and lake resort, Queenstown is a winter sports capital that is fantastic to visit year round. Its scenic landscapes have earned Queenstown the reputation as being ‘fit for a Queen’, hence its name. Set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, this leisure and adventure playground offers a huge range of activities and attractions. There are so many things to do in Queenstown aside from snow sports, so make the most of your time here no matter what time of year you visit. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a snow bunny, Queenstown offers something for everyone.
Every year thousands flock to Queenstown to experience the abundance of activities and adventure. As the bungy jumping capital of the world, thrill seekers love the extensive range of adrenaline pumping things to do in Queenstown including bungy jumping, jet boating, parapenting and white water rafting. During the warmer months the days are particularly long and in spring and summer the sun doesn’t typically set until 10pm, leaving plenty of time to explore the region. Better still, all the shopping and dining options stay open until 10pm every day of the week giving you heaps of time to enjoy any of the 100+ bars, cafes and restaurants.
Of course when winter does come, skiers and snowboarders come from all over the world to hit the slopes in this alpine playground and join in all the fun of the Winter Festival. The start of the snow season sees the region spring to life, with Queenstown boasting New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding. Two of Queenstown’s most popular ski fields including the family friendly Remarkables and the longest opening field of Coronet Peak. Of course for those not interested in skiing but still visiting in winter, there are plenty of other things to do in Queenstown that still involve the snow including snow shoeing, ice skating and riding a snow mobile.
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