With endless walking and bike trails, incredible mountain ranges and massive lakes, exploring Queenstown is no mean feat – especially for the first time visitor. Here is a brief look at some of our favourite means of getting around and seeing all Queenstown has to offer, in no particular order:
Bike – Queenstown is a cyclist’s paradise, and guided bike tours can be a fun and relaxing way of exploring the area. Guided tours can range from short day trips to multi-day adventures across the countryside and enjoying the great outdoor views Queenstown has to offer. Furthermore, biking tours offers you the opportunity to find like-minded people who share your passion for cycling in the great outdoors. If you’re an experienced outdoor biker who prefers to go solo, there are plenty of bike shops that will rent you a bike and all the additional kit you need to set out on your own.
Helicopter – Scenic flights over Queenstown’s distinctive landscapes is perhaps the ultimate way of exploring the resort town and its surrounding regions. Helicopter tours are available in a number of packages: including trips to Milford Sound, a panoramic trip across Queenstown, and even an Alpine snow landing where the helicopter drops you at the top of the mountain and you get to ski all the way down. Regardless of touring package, a helicopter ride around Queenstown will take your breath away.
Boat – Queenstown is located in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region, home of some of the most picturesque waterways anywhere in the world. Prominent lakes in the region include Lake Wakatipu (on whose shores lies Queenstown itself), Lake Wanaka and Lake Te Anau. A peaceful lake cruise in these waters taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfront is a great way to spend the day. There are many operators offering a variety of cruising options, from day trips to overnight cruises. Those looking for something a little more adrenalin fuelled can try their hand at jetboating or parasailing, both of which are popular tourist attractions in Queenstown.
Car – The roads in and around Queenstown routinely make it the “Top Ten Scenic Drives in New Zealand” lists, and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by serene lakes, snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of untouched wilderness, the roads around Queenstown boasts some of the most amazing scenery you will ever see as you drive by. Moving around by car is one of the best ways to take in everything the Southern Lakes region has to offer in the shortest amount of time.
Foot – Walking can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore Queenstown without breaking the budget. Queenstown itself is abuzz with bars, restaurants, cafes and bars, all within close walking distance of your hotel or accommodation. If you want to take your rambles out of town there are many excellent hiking trails in the area. Guided hiking tours are available that can last from a couple of hours to overnight camping excursions.
In Queenstown the adventure always starts just a few steps from your front door. Whatever your means of conveyance, we are sure you will have a great time exploring the best Queenstown has to offer.