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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.

Jaw-dropping views are a given when you paraglide in Queenstown. In addition to the vistas, prior travelers appreciated the flexibility provided with a paraglide excursion. Thrill-seekers can do acrobatic moves with their pilots, while less adventurous participants can simply float along with their guides.

Three paragliding companies are available in Queenstown: Skytrek, Coronet Peak Tandems and GFORCE Paragliding. Most paragliding operators offer complimentary transfers from downtown Queenstown. (GFORCE Paragliding includes free Skyline Queenstown gondola tickets to access its site on Bob's Peak.) Depending on the company, paragliding excursions last anywhere from an hour to two-and-a-half hours. Paragliding schedules vary by company. However, excursions are typically available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Paragliding prices start at NZ$219 (roughly $147), but some companies offer discounted rates for morning flights.

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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

#5 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of Onsen Hot Pools

#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

#7 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 ... Read more » MACH KAZU / Getty Images

#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

#10 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 ... Read more » Stoneography / Getty Images

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Catch a glimpse of New Zealand's famous brown kiwi at Kiwi Birdlife Park, which can be found next to the Skyline Queenstown gondola. Smithsonian's National Zoo / Flickr

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A paragliding excursion in Queenstown features picturesque views of central Queenstown, icy blue Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Marco Simoni / Getty Images

If you love exploring the great oudoors but don't want to go on a heart-pounding skydiving, paragliding or bungee jumping excursion, consider hiking the challenging Ben Lomond Track. Stoneography / Getty Images

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