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New Zealand, Queenstown – The City of Sports and Adrenaline – VIDEO
At the heart of the Southern Alps, on the shore of Wakatipu lake, there is the town Queenstown. It is home to summer and winter sports, an ideal base to set out to treks.
When travelling across the South Island you can't miss Queenstown. This would be a mistake. There is a lot for everybody to enjoy – those who love adrenaline, wild nature, and those who love quiet walks along the lake, people who like history or good cuisine.
First and foremost, Queenstown is a base for skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts. You may choose from 4 main winter resorts here – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. And you will love it here also in summer. Everyday, people travel here to ride on rafts, kayaks, water ski or you may ride on speedboat against river current. Mountain biking is also popular here.
Should you be interested in bungee jumping, you should know that the first commercial jump happened here in Queenstown from a bridge across Kaawaru gorge. Even better is world's highest "swing" Nevis Swing. Here you will experience a 300 meter flight above the valley.
A flight above the lake and mountains is also a popular activity around here. I tried one and I highly recommend it. 30 minutes of flight gets you to places you would hardly see otherwise. Then the plane lands on one of many local glaciers.
Also, you can try one of many treks, be it one-day hike up Ben Lomond mountain or one of multiple-day treks into the mountains around. Mountain cabins are situated along tourist trails and it is no problem for you to stay there over night. However, be advised that it is necessary to book it in advance in the season. To enjoy some good food and wine, go to Arrowtown.
I highly recommend you to visit Queenstown. If you'd like it is a great base to set out to treks, even week-long, into the area. You will love it here.
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