Stunningly laid out around Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is a resort town that boasts an incredible variety of activities to suit all, from the high-flying thrill seekers that soar both air and sea, to the hedonistic spa-goers that frequent the area’s many naturals pools. Book your car hire Queenstown with easyCar, and gain the freedom to explore this natural oasis and all its wonders with ease!
Getting to Know Queenstown:
Acquaint yourselves with the region’s indigenous airborne residents at the Kiwi Birdlife Centre. The five acre wildlife sanctuary plays host to over thirty species of animal specific to New Zealand, from the renowned Brown Kiwi, who are available for feeding up to four times a day, to the lesser known , but still fascinating forest gecko. All this lies a picturesque 15 minute journey by hire car from the airport along Frankton Arm, the northeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu.
For a more panoramic introduction to Queenstown’s breathtaking beauty, how about a trip on the Skyline Gondola? The take-off point is only five minutes from Central Queenstown and affords an indescribable 220 degree panoramic view of Coronet’s Peak, one of Queenstown’s most popular ski-fields, the Remarkables Mountain Range, and Lake Wakatipu. Truly some of the best views on offer here, once you reach the Skyline complex at the top of the gondola ride, prepare yourself to journey through the mystique of Maori culture at Kiwi Haka, via music and traditional dance. Come sunfall, it’s also the perfect spot for a gaze into the celestial or a nice meal at the Stratosphere Restaurant, where you will find remarkable foodstuffs from all corners of the globe. An adrenaline-charged 800m descent awaits via the Luge for those who like to live a little dangerously.
Adventure Capital of the World:
When you think of New Zealand, skiing certainly wouldn’t be the first activity that comes to mind. However, Queenstown’s mountainous terrain blesses the area with four treeless ski resorts whose world-class facilities would rival even the Franco-Italian alps. 25 minutes from the town centre, Coronet’s Peak prides itself on its 2.1 m of annual snow that fall on pistes intended for all abilities. 20 minutes further lies The Remarkables, with 3.1m of annual snowfall. For the more discerning skier, Cadrona and Treble Cone, an hour’s drive and 90 minutes’ drive by car hire Queenstown respectively, have the longest runs of all the ski zones at 4km each. Furthermore, it features the most advanced yet least crowded runs. All areas come with creche facilities and a comprehensive après-ski, ensuring that the fun doesn’t end when the slopes close.
Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in itself is quite a sight to behold! Erected in its current highway bridge form in 1963, it stands a vertiginous 43 m above the unspoiled allure of Kawarau river. Yet, what if we told you you could bungy jump off this bridge? In an experience that will take you from petrified to exhilarated, it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, this unique thrill at the world’s first commercial bungy jump site is available for all those brave enough to take it! Options include tandem jumps, where you can jump with a friend. Remember though, jumping with a mate doesn’t make it any less scary!
Time to Unwind…
Queenstown isn’t all just go go go! Take a breather from all that excitement at Olsen Hot Pools. Delightfully perched in the mountains, overlooking the unbelievably beautiful Shotover Canyon, treat yourself to a soak in some of the purest waters on Earth. There’s also a sundeck that surrounds the place in a serene charm that makes it that perfect spot for a romantic escape for two! Parking is available.