Queenstown, known as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand, offers stunning landscapes and numerous adrenaline-pumping activities. Here are a few that are sure to get your pulse racing:
Foodies will enjoy Taste for Adventure at Leonardo’s Children’s Museum. Sample cuisine prepared by local chefs stationed throughout the museum and sample menus specifically created for this event.
1. Skyline Gondola
Ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere to Bob’s Peak for unforgettable views across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The year-round gondola provides all year activities ranging from watching paragliders land from above, dining at Skyline Restaurant/Bar or taking a thrilling spin on Skyline Luge!
Fun for people of all ages, this activity provides endless hours of enjoyment for the whole family. Challenge friends or just relax on the green track; for thrill-seekers there are two more challenging tracks with banked corners and tunnels!
Skyline complex offers much more than just a gondola ride; visitors can explore hiking and mountain bike trails at Queenstown Bike Park, scenic walking tracks (such as Tiki Trail), as well as stargazing astronomy tours at night. Gondola tickets that include Skyline Luge rides can also be purchased. Package deals may also be available throughout the year.
2. Luge Rides
Queenstown is known as the pioneering town for commercial jet boating and bungy jumping, so it should come as no surprise that adrenaline junkies throng this town for world-first thrills. Experience heart-pumping thrills on AJ Hackett’s Ledge Bungy or Coronet Peak’s stomach-dropping swing for yourself or take a scenic jet boat tour along its lakes and rivers of Queenstown to get their thrill fix.
Luge Rides combine elements of both go-carts and toboggans for an exhilarating gravity-powered experience with full control over speed thanks to an intuitive braking and steering system that’s easy to master. Blue Track offers gentle rides ideal for first-timers or young families while Red Track features more challenging gradients with banked corners, tunnels and dips for an adrenaline-pumping adventure ride!
Skyline Gondola rides and Luge rides can often be combined, since both activities are operated by the same company. Infants can ride tandem with an adult and an onsite payment of $5 is applied (payable upon arrival). This combination offers visitors a thrilling journey into alpine scenery at both heights – after your thrilling luge ride take the Gondola back down town after your thrilling experience on the Luge!
3. Bungy Jump
Queenstown offers thrill-seekers numerous high-elevation activities. As an early leader, it was home to many notable events – including the world’s inaugural bungy jump – at Kawarau Bridge; New Zealand’s highest bungy jump can be found on Nevis Bungy.
At Ledge Bungy, a site run by AJ Hackett Jump Sites, tourists have the freedom to decide how they’d like to land after their 43m freefall – traditional bungy or otherwise. Adrenaline junkies also have the chance to try tandem skydiving here for breathtaking views of nearby mountains and lakes from heights up to 15,000 feet!
Queenstown Paraflights offers tourists an enjoyable parasailing boat tour around Lake Wakatipu to take in its scenic vistas from a parasail boat, offering unparalleled views of Remarkables mountain range, Cecil and Walter Peak, Bowen Peak and Queenstown downtown.
4. Jet Boating
Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without experiencing its thrilling jet boat rides! Skim across Lake Wakatipu and speed around corners on this fast-paced adventure that offers views of both Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. Shotover Jet offers premium experiences while other providers might provide budget options through package booking.
Un amazing way to experience New Zealand’s stunning mountains and lakes is from high above in the air! Skydiving activities for adrenaline junkies abound – including full-day tours that include multiple jumps at Mount Cook.
Oxbow offers an unforgettable adventure for jet boating and off roading enthusiasts in Queenstown – their combination tour combines jet boating with off roading for maximum fun! Their four-seater Jet Sprint boats reach incredible speeds before venturing off road through Queenstown’s mountainous terrain on 4WD off roading sections. What’s best? This package departs directly from Steamer Wharf in central Queenstown so there’s no need to arrange separate transport!
5. Hiking & Mountain Biking
Queenstown is known as “the Adventure Capital of New Zealand,” offering an exciting variety of experiences designed to delight both young and old alike. You’re sure to find something suitable here – be it bungy jumping from one of the original commercial jumps (yes, they still do it) or taking to the skies in a helicopter to admire New Zealand’s rugged mountains from above. There’s sure to be something here for you.
The Skyline Gondola provides stunning views of both town and lake, but you can also experience thrills on Bob’s Peak or via Ledge Swing or Luge Ride. For something a little tougher try Mount Crichton Loop Track or Routeburn Track (both part of Great Walks).
Queenstown offers many activities for those who prefer staying on the ground, such as mountain biking. There are trails suitable for beginners and experts alike. When visiting in winter months you can also try your luck at heliskiing and heliboarding; or join a canyoning tour through Shotover Canyons with waterfall plunges into its depths!