View of Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown, New Zealand sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and set against the dramatic Southern Alps. As you arrive by air into the city the Remarkables greet you and as you drive into the city, the lake follows you wherever you go offering fantastic, picture perfect views. Being the adventure sport capital of New Zealand there are plenty of activities like bungee jumping or jet boating or white water rafting to get your adrenaline pumping. There are several walking tracks where you can walk at your own pace, or you can people watch sitting on a park bench by the lake front or sit by a roaring fire and enjoy a drink. I enjoyed walking around the lake and the landscape is so spectacular, I guarantee you would want to take a zillion photos to capture the serenity of this lake. By the way the whole region is very picturesque and don’t just fly in and fly out of Queenstown – take time to explore quaint townships like Cromwell, Clyde, Roxburgh and Alexandra.

Swimming in Lake Wakatipu

Going up the gondola gives you a different perspective as you look down towards the lake. If you take your own car up to the gondola, finding parking can be a hassle – so arrive early. Otago Regional Council has made bus travel easy and convenient. Get the Go card and it’s the cost effective way to travel within the region to Wanaka and Arrowtown.

Autumn Afternoon in Arrowtown
Dawn in Spring time and below is dusk in Queenstown

My husband and daughter did the A J Hackett Nevis Bungy. The bus ride to the place was worth paying the spectator fee and I was most impressed with the way everything was organised. The crew were professional and engaging and I would highly recommend it for anyone so willing.

Nevis Bungy Jumping
Mirror Lake enroute to Milford Sound

On one trip, we went to Milford Sound on a Real Journeys tour. By the way I just want to make it clear that neither A J Hackett or Real Journeys or Queenstown Gondola have given me any freebies – I genuinely had an awesome time and felt that they deserve a customer recommendation. The guide was excellent and while it was a fourteen hour round trip, I would still give this tour a big tick. For starters if I hired a car and drove, I would miss out on the awesome scenery plus the historical and cultural context as told by our driver guide.

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