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Insiders guide to Queenstown’s best activities

Whether you’re soaring over New Zealand’s glaciers, heli-skiing down mountains, biking around lakes or refuelling in world-class restaurants, adventure awaits in Queenstown

Queenstown never fails to get hearts racing, whether for the raw beauty of its setting – all frosted peaks, iridescent glacial lakes and rolling countryside – or the encyclopaedic roster of adrenaline-fuelled experiences on offer. Whether skidding across rivers in a jet-boat, soaring above them in a helicopter, throwing yourself from a bungy bridge or zig-zagging down mountains on skis, New Zealand’s home of adventure lives up to its reputation.

The best activities in Queenstown

Queenstown is New Zealand’s home of adventure, with a plethora of seasonal activities that take you from its snowy peaks to its lakeside shores.

Fall for this postcard-perfect patch of the South Island while wrapped in a bungy cord, take your appreciation to new heights on an alpine heli-ski outing, discover why the peaks are so cool at any number of winter resorts, or become breathless (quite literally) jet-boating through gorges carved by glacial rivers.

Queenstown also has cosmopolitan restaurants and bars, swoon-worthy hotels, lodges and spas that take après-adventure to a whole new level.

This article first appeared in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style Ultimate Guide to Queenstown ebook. To download the latest issue click here.