The Adventure Guide to Queenstown: Top 3 Extreme Activities Travellers Cannot Miss

Queenstown is known as the “birthplace of adventure tourism,” and here you can find thrills and excitement of all varieties including activities on land, on the water, and in the sky. In total, there are over 220 different adventure travel activities to choose from in Queenstown. If you’re looking for the best of the best, here are the top 3 extreme activities that you can’t afford to miss.

Take Hanging Out to a New Level With a Zipline Tour


In Queenstown, the term “hanging out” takes on a whole new meaning. While some prefer to spend their days hanging out in town, others would rather hang out on a zipline in the forest, flying from tree to tree at speeds of over 70 kilometres per hour. Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola hill is one of the world’s top ziplining destinations, and if you’ve ever been ziplining before, you’ll understand why. From the top of Skyline, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range, before flying down the mountain on a series of increasingly long and fast ziplines. This is the perfect adventure for those who enjoy nature, and love to have their heart pounding while they enjoy the view.

Expand Your Horizons: Try Skydiving


Skydiving is something that every thrill seeking traveller should try at least once. If you’ve never tried skydiving before, Queenstown is the perfect place for your first experience. You’ll get a whole new perspective on life as you free-fall from 15,000 feet in the air, over some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes. You’ll also have the advantage of flying tandem with an experienced skydive jumpmaster, who will ensure that your parachute is deployed at exactly the right time as you plummet towards the earth at speeds of over 200 kilometres per hour.

Spring to Life in the Birthplace of the Bungy Jump


In addition to being the birthplace of adventure travel, Queenstown is also the birthplace of the bungy jump. The world’s very first commercial bungy jump operation was established in Queenstown in 1988, and today Queenstown is known as the number one bungy jumping destination in the world. This activity is a rite of passage for New Zealand adventure travellers; if you haven’t tried bungy jumping in Queenstown, then you haven’t truly experienced all that Queenstown has to offer. There are bungy jumps of all varieties here to satisfy the timid first timer as well as the experienced daredevil. You can dunk yourself in the river at Kawarau Bridge, the world’s first bungy jump, or tackle the 143 metre high Nevis – New Zealand’s tallest bungy. This is one item that should be on every adventure traveller’s to-do list.

If you’re vacationing in Queenstown, you should know that you are visiting the cradle of adventure tourism. In addition to the aforementioned adventure activities, travellers can also ski and snowboard at Coronet Peak Ski Resort, ride a jet boat, take a sea kayaking tour, go rafting, parasailing, paragliding, backpacking, horse back riding, hot air ballooning, and much more. In Queenstown, there’s always something new and exciting to try out. If you haven’t tried skydiving, ziplining, or bungy jumping yet, what are you waiting for? Queenstown is ready for you.


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