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Best Things To Do in Queenstown

Queenstown offers visitors unlimited access to the great outdoors. You can bungee jump off Kawarau Bridge, hike breathtaking mountain trails like Ben Lomond Track, tackle some serious powder at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables; you can even fly through the air as you paraglide or sky-dive. And at the end of the day, you can relax your aching muscles in the Onsen Hot Pools or take a scenic ride above the city on the Skyline Queenstown gondola. Before you leave this stunningly beautiful city, stop by Walter Peak High Country Farm and Kiwi Birdlife Park for up-close encounters with local wildlife.

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#1

#1 in Queenstown

For some of the best mountain vistas, climb aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola. After ascending nearly 1,500 feet, you'll end up at an observation deck atop Bob's Peak, where views of central Queenstown, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak await you. You'll also find a restaurant, a bar and various mountain bike trails at the top.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Skyline Queenstown
For some of the best mountain vistas, climb aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola. After ascending nearly 1,500 feet, you'll end up at an observation deck atop Bob's Peak, where views of central Queenstown, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak await you. You'll also find a restaurant, a bar and various mountain bike trails at the top.
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#2 in Queenstown

Located 15 miles east of central Queenstown, the truly remarkable Remarkables offer 47 ski and snowboard trails and three terrain parks. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can be accommodated on The Remarkables' slopes, which are open annually from June to September. Should you choose to ski here, expect to find some of the best mountain views in the area.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
The Remarkables
Located 15 miles east of central Queenstown, the truly remarkable Remarkables offer 47 ski and snowboard trails and three terrain parks. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can be accommodated on The Remarkables' slopes, which are open annually from June to September. Should you choose to ski here, expect to find some of the best mountain views in the area.
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#3 in Queenstown

Approximately 10 miles north of downtown Queenstown lies the picturesque ski and snowboard destination of Coronet Peak. This ski area, which is open during the winter months, features 32 slopes, two terrain parks, a tubing park and a ski school. Plus, the slopes themselves are geared to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, so beginners, intermediates and advanced visitors will all feel right at home.
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Recreation Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Coronet Peak
Approximately 10 miles north of downtown Queenstown lies the picturesque ski and snowboard destination of Coronet Peak. This ski area, which is open during the winter months, features 32 slopes, two terrain parks, a tubing park and a ski school. Plus, the slopes themselves are geared to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, so beginners, intermediates and advanced visitors will all feel right at home.
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#4 in Queenstown

If you're coming to Queenstown for adventure activities, odds are you're here to bungee jump. This heart-pounding endeavor, which is offered locally by AJ Hackett Bungy, is one of the area's most popular outdoor activities. Several bungee sites can be found within Queenstown, including Kawarau Bridge (home of the world's first commercial bungee jump), The Ledge (which sits on Bob's Peak and can be reached by the Skyline Queenstown gondola) and The Nevis (an above-river jump that holds the distinction of being New Zealand's highest bungee jump).
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Bungee Jumping
If you're coming to Queenstown for adventure activities, odds are you're here to bungee jump. This heart-pounding endeavor, which is offered locally by AJ Hackett Bungy, is one of the area's most popular outdoor activities. Several bungee sites can be found within Queenstown, including Kawarau Bridge (home of the world's first commercial bungee jump), The Ledge (which sits on Bob's Peak and can be reached by the Skyline Queenstown gondola) and The Nevis (an above-river jump that holds the distinction of being New Zealand's highest bungee jump).
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#5 in Queenstown

After a long day of heart-pounding activities like skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, skydiving and bungee jumping, a nice soak is usually just what the doctor ordered. And at the Onsen Hot Pools, soaking in one of the indoor and outdoor pools also includes an incredible mountain vista. Visitors find that the pools (each of which can accommodate up to four bathers) are as nice in the hot, sweltering weather as they are in the middle of winter.
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Spas Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Onsen Hot Pools
After a long day of heart-pounding activities like skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, skydiving and bungee jumping, a nice soak is usually just what the doctor ordered. And at the Onsen Hot Pools, soaking in one of the indoor and outdoor pools also includes an incredible mountain vista. Visitors find that the pools (each of which can accommodate up to four bathers) are as nice in the hot, sweltering weather as they are in the middle of winter.
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#6 in Queenstown

The family-friendly Kiwi Birdlife Park is Queenstown's premier destination for animal-spotting. Situated less than a mile away from downtown Queenstown alongside Skyline Queenstown, Kiwi Birdlife Park offers more than 30 animal species, including brown kiwis, tuataras and rainbow lorikeets.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Kiwi Birdlife Park
The family-friendly Kiwi Birdlife Park is Queenstown's premier destination for animal-spotting. Situated less than a mile away from downtown Queenstown alongside Skyline Queenstown, Kiwi Birdlife Park offers more than 30 animal species, including brown kiwis, tuataras and rainbow lorikeets.
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#7 in Queenstown

Walter Peak High Country Farm is more than just a petting zoo, which is what most "farm attractions" tend to be. The experience begins with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Once you get to the idyllic farm, you can take a tour, watch sheepshearing demonstrations, feed farm animals, enjoy an outdoor barbecue lunch (or morning or afternoon tea) and walk through flowering gardens.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Walter Peak High Country Farm
Walter Peak High Country Farm is more than just a petting zoo, which is what most "farm attractions" tend to be. The experience begins with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Once you get to the idyllic farm, you can take a tour, watch sheepshearing demonstrations, feed farm animals, enjoy an outdoor barbecue lunch (or morning or afternoon tea) and walk through flowering gardens.
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#8 in Queenstown

To fully grasp the beauty of Queenstown's landscape, head 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up and jump out of a plane. Though it'll take some guts to follow through with a skydiving excursion, as you freefall, you'll see jaw-dropping views of Queenstown, The Remarkables' snow-capped peaks, Lake Wakatipu and the South Island's rolling green hills.
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Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Skydiving
To fully grasp the beauty of Queenstown's landscape, head 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up and jump out of a plane. Though it'll take some guts to follow through with a skydiving excursion, as you freefall, you'll see jaw-dropping views of Queenstown, The Remarkables' snow-capped peaks, Lake Wakatipu and the South Island's rolling green hills.
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#9 in Queenstown

If you want a breathtaking aerial view of Queenstown without the freefall feeling skydiving provides, consider booking a paragliding excursion. As you float with your pilot, you'll catch bird's-eye views of iconic Queenstown landmarks like Coronet Peak, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.
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Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Paragliding
If you want a breathtaking aerial view of Queenstown without the freefall feeling skydiving provides, consider booking a paragliding excursion. As you float with your pilot, you'll catch bird's-eye views of iconic Queenstown landmarks like Coronet Peak, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.
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#10 in Queenstown

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For outdoor enthusiasts who'd rather keep their feet firmly planted on the ground instead of soaring above Lake Wakatipu or plummeting toward the Nevis River, Queenstown offers Ben Lomond Track. This scenic walking and hiking trail starts at the western end of Skyline Access Road – about a mile southwest of central Queenstown – and ends at the nearly 2,000-foot high Ben Lomond Summit.
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Hiking Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Ben Lomond Track
For outdoor enthusiasts who'd rather keep their feet firmly planted on the ground instead of soaring above Lake Wakatipu or plummeting toward the Nevis River, Queenstown offers Ben Lomond Track. This scenic walking and hiking trail starts at the western end of Skyline Access Road – about a mile southwest of central Queenstown – and ends at the nearly 2,000-foot high Ben Lomond Summit.
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