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Views of Lake Wakatipu from the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown, New Zealand

Why you absolutely must visit Queenstown NZ

I can’t recall how many times I’ve told people that Queenstown NZ is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, but it sure has been a few.

You can stand anywhere in the smallish township and be treated to amazing views of the surrounding lake and mountains. What type of traveller are you? Find your style below and find what Queenstown has to offer you.

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The Adventure Traveller

If you seek the thrill of extreme sports, you’ll never get bored with the insane selection in and around Queenstown. Skydiving, jet boating, white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking… you name it.

During the winter months you can join the numerous skiers/snowboarders who take advantage of Queenstown’s proximity to 4 major ski fields, including the Remarkables which act as a spectacular backdrop to Lake Wakatipu.

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The Backpacker

You’ll be spoilt for choice as Queenstown has of the largest concentrations of backpackers hostels in NZ. Most are an easy walk to the town centre, where you’ll find an abundance of eccentric bars and watering holes, and a great selection of local and foreign cuisines (be sure to check out the famous Fergburger for the best burgers in Queenstown).

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The Nature Lover

For those not into adventure sports or partying, Queenstown still has something to offer you! Lakeside scenery more spectacular than you’ve ever seen awaits as you drive along the lake in any direction. The Skyline Gondola, though touristy, is worth a trip up the hillside as the views it offers are rather incredible. Hiking trails are abundant along the lake and hilltops, and you can drive to a number of cute townships (such as Arrowtown or Glenorchy) within an hour.

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The Cultural Explorer

While most of the Maori culture activities are concentrated on the North Island of NZ, there are plenty of other cultural activities that may take your fancy. Take your pick of art galleries in the town centre. The nearby historic Arrowtown features the Lakes District Museum, which will give you an insight into early Maori settlements and 1800’s gold rush era.

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