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Spotlight on: Queenstown

21 April 2015
New Zealand’s beauty is in full force in autumn, and there is no place to better experience that than Queenstown.

In the southern third of the South Island, and based on the serene Lake Wakatipu, the resort town is one of the most stunning places in the country, set amongst mountains, lakes and quaint villages. In autumn, snow hugs the tips of the four nearby peaks and as the leaves turn from green to brown, you’ll be hard pressed not to find striking landscapes wherever you go.

While the snow skiers are after won’t arrive until winter, make the most of Queenstown’s fantastic opportunities with activities for everyone, from the whole family to couples and solo travellers. Known as the adventure capital of the world, bungy jump, kayak, or jump in a speed boat, or if that’s too much for you, wind down with a spa and a massage.

Picturesque scenic and more serious walks are all over the region, with some of New Zealand’s most famous in the area. Whether your ideal walk means staying overnight in a hut on a multi-day tramp, or only as far as the next shop, the beauty and magic of Queenstown is unsurpassable.

Here are our top recommendations

Luxury Accommodation

There is a host of boutique and luxury accommodation throughout and around Queenstown, from the remote tented Minaret Station to the new spa retreat ARO HA Wellness Retreat. We particularly recommend Eichardts, with its lakefront setting right in the heart of Queenstown.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Tramping (or hiking, for you non-kiwis!)

The ultimate adventure, passing through meadows, ice-covered valleys and waterfalls, the world-famous Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Single-day and multi-day tramps available.
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Golf

Play a round at the internationally renowned Millbrook golf course. Voted the best golf resort in Australasia the last four years running, you can’t miss this opportunity to have a swing at one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.

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Bungy

Offering three different bungy jumps: the world’s first commercial bungy, the 43m Kawerau bridge jump; the 134m Nevis; and the Ledge jump, 400m above Queenstown. Check something off the bucket list while you’re here and experience an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Run by New Zealand bungy-jumping pioneer AJ Hackett, these jumps are the bona fide Kiwi experience.
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Jet

Billed as the world’s most exciting jet boat ride, the Shotover Jet has given more than 3 million people the ride of their lifetime over 50 years flying through canyons and rivers. Experience 700 horsepower, 85 kilometres per hour speeds and 360 degree turns in as little as 10 cm of water.
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Relax

With stunning mountain views overlooking the Shotover Valley, the cedar-lined Onsen Hot Pools offer Queenstown relaxation at its finest. Private pools can host up to four people with its own changing area and showers. The roof and front wall can be retracted at the touch of a button, offering unparalleled and uninhibited views of Queenstown’s natural beauty.
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Slopes

When the winter snow does finally arrive, Queenstown is the epicentre of winter activities in New Zealand. With four peaks within easy reach (Cadrona, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone), Queenstown is a snow-lover’s paradise. The South Island is known for having some of the best snow in the Southern hemisphere and is a regular stop for the world’s best snow sport athletes training over the Northern hemisphere summer.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
 
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