Known as the country’s adventure sports capital, Queenstown boasts the most spectacular location of any New Zealand city, set around crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, which strikingly reflects the dramatic mountain ranges that rise around it. While it’s a diminutive city with a population of just 30,000 people, Queenstown receives a whopping two million thrill-seekers a year. Fortunately due to its geography, adrenaline-junkie destinations are spread out around the surrounding region ensuring Queenstown retains its small town vibe.
In winter (June-August), the mountains are home to ski fields such as Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Treble Cone, with skiing and snowboarding, both on- and off-piste, the main activity. Given the local's love of adrenaline-pumping activities, snow sports and anything that flies (from small planes to helicopters), heli-skiing is understandably popular. The love of flying also extends to skydiving and if you needed further proof of how passionately New Zealander's are about defying gravity, Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercial bungee jumping site. Popular activities on the water include jet boating and whitewater rafting, available all year round.