For those who aren’t familiar with Queenstown, it’s a popular resort town in the southern part of the South Island that attracts tourists with its prime opportunities for adrenaline junkie activities such as sky diving and bungee jumping.
Queenstown has been on my New Zealand travel bucket list for a bit as it was one of the tourist destinations that my friend Katelyn and I sadly did not have time to visit on our road trip in October 2017.
But, to be honest, visiting this beautiful resort town wasn’t a huge priority for me at the time. The reason I was initially turned off from it was because some other travelers had mentioned that the city is very touristy and commercialized. Plus, it doesn’t help that I am not that interested in many of the activities the city offers such as skiing, snowboarding or throwing myself off of a mountain regardless whether I’m attached to a bungee or not.
So it’s possible that at this point, you may be thinking, ‘Okay, why write a post about a place you don’t want to visit?’ The reason is because I finally did make my way to Queenstown and I must say, I am really glad I did. Regardless of your interests, Queenstown should be a stop on every traveler’s “Must See’s in NZ” list.
You can explore it by land, water or air. Take a stroll along the waterfront or hike up the hour-long Tiki Trail that takes you to the top of the gondola, where you can take in some beautiful views of Queenstown. Hop in a jet boat and zoom around the lake. Get some air and go parasailing or paragliding for a different perspective.
The ski town offers more than action-packed activities, though. There is a plethora of shops, unique and tasty restaurants and bars to take advantage of. But one of the things that peaked my interest the most was the breathtaking views. Okay, I understand that I may frequently describe New Zealand and its landscapes as breathtaking, but it is true, I promise. Part of the fun of going to Queenstown is the nearly six-hour drive there, which I spent gawking at all the gorgeous snowy mountainous views around every bend, twist and turn.
But then, it’s a whole different ball game when you arrive there. Imagine you’re standing at the foot of the clear turquoise lake and to your left is the snowy mountains range known as the Remarkables and on the right are lush trees along the shore with an assortment of beautiful lakeside houses up on a hill further behind. As long as the weather is good, it’s the perfect place to soak up nature’s beauty.
Regardless of how good your camera is, it seems that the pictures still don’t do the Queenstown views justice. I guess you’ll just need to visit New Zealand and see the breathtaking views for yourself.