Chances are you’ve already heard of Queenstown. The adrenaline capital of New Zealand, here you’ll be able to throw yourself out of planes, off bridges and be thrown about in the Shotover river in the speedboat tours.
Having spent my days with adventure and as much relaxation as possible I wanted to share my favourite things to see and do…
Being one of the closest, most populated towns to the lakes you’ll be sure to see all the advertisements for the trips to the most famous fjords in the Southern Hemisphere.
Milford is located approx. 3/4 hours away in the Fjordlands so is a big trip out!
I headed out with Jucy on their ‘Sunriser’ trip and with a 5:25am pick up I was seriously regretting not going for their late option but boy was I glad I did. To be honest I slept the whole way out so time passed without much worry but when we arrived there was very few other boats on the water allowing us to feel alone with the world in one of the greatest natural wonders.
Be sure not to miss this, it’s an incredible chance to see a world heritage sight and is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. With the added possibility to spot seals, penguins, dolphins or even whales along the way.
Prices start from $125 with return transfers.
Book direct with Jucy here online.
Onsen Hot Pool
So this was a little splurge and having seen pictures online I knew if I never went back and hadn’t been I’d live to regret it…. Money’s only money right & I was there to earn for these things.
I booked a morning session and work up to sunshine which was fantastic. When booking if choosing an hour slot (starting on the hour) then you are able to use the free shuttle bus they have to get you back and forth from Queenstown as it is located about 10 mins outside the city.
The onsen is your own for the hour and comes with a retractable roof so get the most of the spectacular views over the Shotover River, occasionally you’ll see the boating passing by.
Now I’ve been I am desperate to go back, although maybe this time I’ll book the evening special with the lanterns! (Swoon)
Prices start from $80 a pool.
Book direct online here.
Luge And Gondola
I’d been seeing this all over my Facebook before I arrived and knew I had to go. There’s 2 options here, walk up and save yourself $30 odd dollars by not travelling up on the gondola and purchase the luge tickets separately (chair lift is included to the very top) or if you’d prefer the quickest option then you can purchase a bundle with the gondola included. Prices can vary so be sure to check out all the options, I purchased 2 luge rides and the return gondola for $49 however there are deals for 5+ rides with the return trip up from $50. Be sure to check out my post here on how to save money while your travelling in New Zealand.
If your travelling during the summer months be sure to check out the local markets, get yourself prepared for winter with some m wool hats/gloves/socks or some art work. Even if your budget won’t stretch to souvenir purchases a morning stroll won’t do any harm?
Okay, so if you’ve not seen them plastered all over any NZ arrival adverts then let me fill you in. New Zealand has a thing for adrenaline and these speed boats are basically stunt boats with passengers, you’ll be racing, spinning and simply thinking your going to crash into something the driver neatly avoids.
They are great fun, but not for the weak stomached. To be honest there are so many companies in queenstown offering a very similar experience and I chose mine based on location and price. (Check out my post here about saving while travelling)
Sunset On The Lake
Probably very cliché but honestly one of the best ways to end your days is to grab a dinner to take to the lake and eat from your lap watching the sunset between the glorious mountain ranges.
You’ll find everyone down here from about an hour before sunset with entertainment even. Grab a $5 dominos, a cider and enjoy the calls of the waters and be sure to have your camera close by!
I did all these activities alone as I am a solo traveller, Don’t think any are not worth doing alone as you’ll only regret it. Sure things are always fun to share with others but sometimes you just don’t have the chance, be sure to check out your hostels notice board as they may arrange day trips locally and you can join with others and make a friend or two!