From what we had heard and read about this small town, it was clear to us that a very short stopover would do, just to see for ourselves what New Zealand’s adrenaline-activity capital was all about…
Queenstown’s scenic backdrop is the majestic Remarkable Mountains and Lake Wakatipu. Around these has evolved a mammoth number of adventure pursuits: skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, river surfing, white water sledging, canyoning, paragliding, skiing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, and what not! It seems the whole purpose of Queenstown’s businesses is to siphon off what some tourists’ seem to have in excess.
Our only activity was taking the Skyline Gondola up the mountain from where you have a great view of the dramatic mountain ranges and the lake and some of the many activities offered, like bungy jumping or paragliding.
It is quite a scenic place, but it was all a bit too much activity for us and when looking at the prices on the menu of some restaurants, we turned pale and decided to leave quickly, because a very cosy home stay was waiting for us on a farm near Wanaka!