10 May 2018 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Bucket List Experiences in Queenstown

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Behold the ultimate all-year-round destination. Nestled in the midst of the stunning Southern Alps you’ll find Queenstown, where breath-taking views of glistening lakes and snow capped mountains come with the territory. Known for being New Zealand’s adventure capital, the area is truly a playground for all ages, with an abundance of activities and once-in-a-life-time experiences. From adrenalin fuelled adventures to scenic hot pool soaking by sundown, we’ve rounded up what needs to be on your Queenstown bucket lists!

1. Snowmobile Through A Winter Wonderland

Ever fancied catching a chopper up into the Queenstown back country and embarking on a once in a life-time alpine adventure? Queenstown Snowmobiles offers the only wilderness snowmobiling experience in New Zealand! Snowmobiling is one of the most adrenaline-pumping, action-packed winter adventures one can partake in. With stunning views surrounding you for the duration of the entire experience – think views across to Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and even down to Stewart Island on a clear day. Queenstown Snowmobiles has exclusive access to trails & back country riding, reached only by helicopter. Join them for the ultimate winter experience!

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2. Soak Into A State Of Bliss

Indulge in the ultimate spa experience at Onsen Hot Pools! Located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River Canyon, the retractable window/door converts your spa room from indoor to outdoor with just the touch of a button. Gaze out upon the stunning alpine scenery, watch the jet boats on the braided Shotover river below, or book at night to see a blanket of southern stars. The hot pools are the perfect way to soothe sore muscles after a day in the powder, enjoy time out with a loved one or to simply just relax! It would be rude not to add in a few extra treats to this sumptuous experience while you’re at it; enjoy choosing from Gibbston Valley wines, a range of snacks including Kapiti ice cream and Whittakers chocolate, as well as the addition of an aromatherapy burner… see you there!

P.s – we recommend booking well in advance.

3. Alpine Picnics And Snowlandings

Celebrating something or someone special? Partial to a decent spread, some bubbles and an unforgettable experience? A champagne picnic perched high up on an alpine peak could be just the ticket! The Southern Lakes are absolutely unbeatable when it comes to jaw-dropping scenery, and what better way to enjoy the remarkable views of Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps than a helicopter flight and a snow landing or picnic. Sit back and soak in the tranquility or throw some snow around and enjoy a guaranteed pinch me moment!

Over The Top The Helicopter Company offer a range of exciting flights and activities.

4. Get Off The Beaten Track

Convoy into Middle Earth! River crossings, sheer cliff-sides, some serious off roading, a few bites to eat along the way, magnificent views and great quality guides are what make Nomad Safaris 4WD excursion’s a world class experience. They offer a wide range of tours encompassing everything from Lord of the Rings tours, to historical gold mining tours. Explore locations around the Wakatipu basin, including Arrowtown, Glenorchy and Paradise and backcountry locations such as the thrilling Skippers Canyon and Macetown. There’s even the option to combine your tour with a jet boat experience for those craving an extra adrenalin hit!

5. Golf At Jack’s Point

Often dubbed as one of the most visually spectacular golf courses in the world, Jack’s Point enjoys a dramatic backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and a front row view of pristine lake panoramas. The course has been designed in harmony with the natural landscape, with the course weaving through native tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The presentation of the course is second to none, which makes Jack’s Point one of the world’s great golfing experiences. Jack’s Point is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Queenstown, and is well worth a visit, even if you’re only going for the cuisine, a few wines and the scenery!

6. Cruise Through Milford Sound

Everyone should experience whats been called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ at least once in their lifetime. The unspoilt grandeur and magic of the Milford Sound is utterly unique and must be experienced first hand to be believed. Real Journeys offer numerous cruises and tours that allow you to explore and experience the sound, from the cool spray of a waterfall as the boat moves in close to sheer rock faces, to the thrill of spotting dolphins leap from the water.

7. The Most Famous Swing In The World

Introducing the worlds biggest swing! An experience for the thrill seekers out there, you’ll drop into a scenic abyss at the speed of light and complete a 300m arc (likely all while shrieking at the top of your lung capacity!). You can choose whether you’d like to take the plunge solo, tandem forwards, backwards, or even upside down. Rumour has it that once back on solid ground you’ll want to do it all over again… who’s game?!

Glenorchy is a gorgeous area famous for its untouched beauty, and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu – one of New Zealand’s three World Heritage areas. The area has been showcased in the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as other major blockbuster films. Nestled in the Dart Valley you’ll find Dart River Adventures, with more than 60 horses of various breeds and a team of guides with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Meander about on the ‘1 Hour Hobbits Hack’, or embark on river crossings and a longer ride on the ‘2 Hour River Wild’. Enjoy the unforgettable scenery from horse back!

Queenstown Holiday Homes To Inspire…

Point Vista, Queenstown

8+2 People | 5+1 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $760

Point Vista is a luxurious, architecturally designed, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Queenstown holiday house located at Jacks Point. Set against a dramatic landscape, this modern and spacious home is an ideal option for a refreshing Southern Lakes escape. Unwind in comfort with jaw-dropping mountain and lake views from indoors, or relax in the private patio area including ample room to dine al fresco and admire the scenery. The outdoor fireplace is an ideal for extra warmth on cool nights, best accompanied with a glass of wine or two. You are also just a 10 minute drive to Queenstown Airport, and a 15-20 minute drive into the town centre.

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Pristine Vista, Queenstown

6 People | 3 bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | From $360 

This Queenstown holiday house boasts absolutely stunning lake and mountain views for an amazing backdrop to your next getaway… Relax in style as you enjoy a good read, or luxuriate in one of the many cosy spaces with your morning brew and gaze at the scenery! This home makes it hard not to instantly switch into holiday mode. You are also only a 7 minute drive to the centre of Queenstown, with breath-taking southern vistas to see along the way.

Step Inside Pristine Vista

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