Queenstown, New Zealand

There’s a good chance that you are thinking about launching yourself from a bridge attached to a bungee cord or cruising down some white water rapids when you arrive if you are heading to Queenstown. After all, it is the extreme sports capital of New Zealand. However, head out of the city to see some of the excellent attractions in the surrounding area, many of which are just a short drive away if you decide to take a break from the action.

Gibbston Valley Wines

A short drive out to Gibbston Valley Wines is an excellent option If you want to make sure you try some of New Zealand’s famous wines during your holiday. Only about 20 minutes from Queenstown on State Highway 6. Here you will find award-winning wines located in the Central Otago.

Before relaxing in the excellent restaurant take a tour of the wine cave the largest in New Zealand, enjoy some wine tasting sessions, and learn about the winemaking process.

Milford Sound

During your stay in Queenstown a day trip to this world-famous fjord is one of the absolute musts. Easy to arrange Rental cars in Queenstown after which you can head out with ease and enjoy a fantastic drive.

The route takes you through the Fiordland National Park with its stunning scenery, and highlights include the Mirror Lakes, Eglinton Valley, and Hollyford Valley. You can head out onto the fjord on a boat cruise, where you will be able to see an incredible bird and marine life when you arrive at Milford Sound.

Mount Cook

home to the old gold mines Head north out of Queenstown and drive through the Kawarau River Gorge, then on through the Mackenzie Basin to get to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Which stands 3,754 meters tall Here you will be able to see the highest mountain in New Zealand. The alpine background is spectacular, and a helicopter ride is what better way to see it.  As an alternative, to experience the best of the scenery up close, take a walk along a mountain trail.

Lakes District Museum

Arrowtown a small gold mining town in the Wakatipu District, easy to reach from Queenstown is the location of this museum with impact windows. As well as the arrival of Europeans in the area, the museum puts on interesting exhibitions where you will be able to find out all about the gold rush of the 19th century.

Skyline Gondola

To see the amazing views of the city and the surrounding lake and mountains, Head up above Queensland on this gondola ride. You could go for a walk along one of the walking trails or go to a café at the top where you can take in the views. If you’d prefer, there are even mountain biking trails. Why not hike to the top instead if you don’t want to take the gondola.