5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Queenstown

Are you an outdoorsy explorer? Or an adrenalin junkie who craves excitement? Maybe you consider yourself a hardcore Lord of the Rings Fan? Or perhaps you're a foodie who enjoys culinary excellence? No matter what your interests are, there's one town in New Zealand's South Island that has it all. Here are 5 reasons why you need to visit Queenstown.

1) Stunning Scenery

Queenstown's natural beauty will leave you speechless. Here, you'll be surrounded by majestic snow capped mountains, teal glacial lakes and lush rolling hills. During the day, indulge in a scenic boat ride across the lake. You could also take a gondola ride up to the Stratosfare Restaurant and enjoy panoramic views with your delicious meal.

2) Extreme Sports

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Want to take a walk on the wild side? Queenstown has got you covered. Considered a haven for adrenalin junkies, this place lets you do the unthinkable. In the summer you'll have the opportunity to go bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon swinging, white water rafting, zip-lining and much more. In the winter, hit the powdery slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

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If you're interested in doing extreme sports, prepare to shell out a lot of cash. A single bungee jump can cost almost $200NZD while a skydive at 15,000 feet has a price tag of well over $400NZD. For those looking for discounts, check out Bookme.com. The site offers cheap deals for attractions, activities, tours and restaurants in cities all over New Zealand.

3) Discover Middle-Earth

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Are you a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies? Queenstown's pristine landscapes were used in numerous scenes so if you want to discover Middle-Earth, this is the place to do it.

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Enthusiastic guides will take you to key locations and show you where specific scenes were filmed. They'll also let you play with the actual props from the movies. Popular tour companies include Trails of Middle Earth, Nomad Safaris and Pure Glenorchy.

4) Fergburger

Experience burger nirvana at Fergburger. Since opening its doors in 2001, Fergburger has become one of the most popular attractions in Queenstown. No matter what time of day, there is usually a line of hungry tourists out the door. It sounds crazy to wait that long for a burger but trust me, it's worth it! The burger is stuffed to the max with fresh and flavourful toppings while the patty just melts in your mouth.

My personal favourite is the Southern Swine which consists of Prime New Zealand beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, aioli and tomato relish. Yummmmyyyy! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. With 20 types of unique burgers to choose from, I guarantee you'll be coming back more than once.

5) Vibrant Nightlife

After a day of extreme sports, I'm sure you'll want to keep the adrenalin and fun going. When the sun goes down, put your dancing shoes on and hit the town!  Nightlife in Queenstown is busy all year round with plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. If you want to chill out, head to Minus 5 Ice Bar, a bar made entirely of ice. Enjoy dancing around in snowsuits (which are provided) and sipping cocktails out of ice glasses. Too chilly in there? Warm up at the Boiler Room, a cozy bar right next door. Finish the night out at Winnies, Buffalo Club, The Find, Cowboy or Barup.


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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