12 July, 2019
Prepare the adrenaline glands, folks – Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. Everything from high-octane speedboats to skydiving descents to downhill luging to wild swimming is on the menu here. It was where the thrill-seeking AJ Hackett put bungee jumping on the map back in 1988. And it's based in a great bowl of the Southern Alps, with ski fields draped over the high Remarkables, old gold-mining villages peppered around, and more hiking trails than you can shake a Kiwi at (but definitely don't do that!). Multiple nonstop departures go daily from cities as diverse as Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney and Brisbane. That means finding a top deal on cheap flights to Queenstown from Australia should never be impossible.
Looming 1,748 meters above Queenstown is the peak of Ben Lomond. Hike to its top for sweeping views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu.
Like something out of the Wild West, Arrowtown has saloons and low-rise outback cottages. Once a mining town, it's now artsy and fun, with bars and wineries and more.
Strap on the skis for the altitudinous runs of The Remarkables. The bowls here cover 540 acres and have breathtaking views over Queenstown in the valley below.