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11 Awesome Things To Do In Queenstown New Zealand

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New Zealand is renowned for its serene, natural beauty, but nowhere is it more evident than the beautiful resort town of Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island.

Known for its tranquil lake, dramatic Southern Alp mountain range, and plethora of adventure sports, there are so many things to do in Queenstown NZ, not to mention it makes for an ideal base to explore the surrounding regions of the South Island, such as Milford Sound or Te Anau.

It’s also a thrill-seekers playground! You can go jetboating across the lake, bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, skiiing in the mountains or even skydiving.

From walks and wineries, don’t miss these unmissable attractions in Queenstown.

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Things to Do in Queenstown New Zealand

1. Take a Skyline Gondola Ride to the Top of Bob’s Peak

Skyline Gondola Ride going  to the Top of Bob's Peak
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From atop Bob’s Peak, you will find the best view of the Queenstown township. This is the photo-location for thousands of postcard images.

If you’re keen for some physical activity, take the Tiki Trail Top Station hike to the top and earn that view. The trailhead is right next to the gondola station, and is one of the most accessible hiking trails from the town.

Alternatively, you will find easier walking trails from the top of the mountain, such as Ben Lomond Track through Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve.

Otherwise, taking a relaxing gondola ride to the top is the perfect excuse to rest your legs.

This is an awesome option for kids and elderly travelers, or those wanting to save their legs for the countless other hikes in the region.

Whilst at the top, there are countless adventure activities that you can do, from luge rides to zip lining with Ziptrek Treehouse, and a restaurant with the best skyline Queenstown view.

Another hike that is popular for great views is the Queenstown Hill Walk.

2. Visit Arrowtown

wooden shack Arrowtown, New Zealand
Cute Arrowtown

Arrowtown is the cutest little town we’ve ever seen.

It’s quaint and old, renowned as a popular gold-mining town in the 20th Century. In fact, you can still pan for gold here – but only if you’re up for the challenge! We’ve never been successful.

The town itself is a 20-minute drive from Queenstown central, so it’s absolutely worth visiting Arrowtown for a full day or half day trip.

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