As one of New Zealand’s main destinations, Queenstown's ability to seduce comes from its eternal companion: its natural environment of such rare beauty. Nestled between a mountain range that's quite rightly nicknamed the Remarkables, and a huge lake called Wakatipu, Queenstown is the creme de la creme of New Zealand’s cities. Welcoming and generous, it's a peaceful cocoon that should be savored as you watch the silvery, peaceful reflections of the sun fall onto the natural expanses that await the traveler.
And when it comes to sports, Queenstown will have no problem at all finding something to excite thrill-seekers and those craving wild, open spaces. The very best thing about this city is experienced when you fill your lungs with the fresh air from the tops of these Alpine-like mountains. You need to connect to this spectacular wilderness if you are to find Queenstown's true soul.
On sunny days, the city is a haven of peace, offering a variety of hiking routes around the lake. It's fun to punctuate this atmospheric peace with a trip on a jet boat on the lake or river, and be intoxicated by the speed of the boat.
The city also offers a choice of extreme sports that's absolutely unique in the world, with lots of bungee jump and skydiving clubs. But it was Nevis, the highest bungee jump in the southern hemisphere, that really allowed the city to claim its title of "adrenaline capital".
However, it's the Queenstown winters that are its best ambassadors. As it dons its immaculate coat, the city becomes the heart of New Zealand skiing, thanks to Coronet Peak, in particular. This ski resort located just a few miles from Queenstown, promises unforgettable thrills and chills to winter sports enthusiasts. The boldest among you will try your hand at heliskiing, an activity that involves reaching a summit by helicopter, away from marked trails.
And it is by straying off the beaten track in this way that truly makes Queenstown stand out from other cities in New Zealand.