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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.

Whether you're traveling with your significant other, friends or family, Onsen Hot Pools is a must for those looking to relax. Past visitors raved about the views each bathing room offers. Though daytime vistas are gorgeous, consider visiting at night to take in breathtaking views of the night sky.

Onsen Hot Pools are situated about 4 miles north of central Queenstown. Free shuttle pickups and drop-offs are available from the corner of downtown's Camp and Shotover streets. Shuttle service must be requested when booking appointments. An on-site parking lot is also available for travelers with cars.

Inside the cliffside Onsen Hot Pools, which are open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., visitors will find multiple private hot pools, plus changing facilities and restrooms. Showers are available in each hot pool room. Pool prices start at NZ$61 ($41) for one adult for an hour. Stays that last more than an hour and have two or more people incur additional charges. Tea, towels, soft drinks, swimsuit rentals and couples packages are offered as well. Check out Onsen Hot Pools' website for more information about pool packages, rates and shuttle services.

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#1 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 ... Read more » Daniel Pietzsch / Flickr

#2 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 ... Read more » Joao Inacio / Getty Images

#3 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 ... Read more » Kyle Sparks / Getty Images

#4 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 ... Read more » Peter McBride / Getty Images

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#6 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 ... Read more » Smithsonian's National Zoo / Flickr

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#8 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 ... Read more » Michael Napoleon / Flickr

#9 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 ... Read more » Marco Simoni / Getty Images

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