Queenstown might be a winter paradise for skiers and boarders, but there’s plenty to do if you don’t feel like swishing down the slopes. The region is also renowned as the ”adventure capital of the world” and for its great party scene, but those who aren’t in their 20’s anymore can also enjoy soft adventures and wonderful pinot noir. Here’s our selection of some of the best things that non-skiers can do:
Combine wilderness jet boating with unique Funyak inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this stunning area at your own pace as you float downstream on sparkling water, then enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch before heading past ‘Paradise’ and on to Glenorchy. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in movies to illustrate Middle Earth.
A scenic 20-minute drive from Queenstown, Arrowtown is a must-do. This historic goldmining town looks like it came right out of America’s Wild West. It has charming cottages, offers a cute local museum and the opportunity to pan for gold in the nearby Arrow river. There’s also some fine food (try award-winning Saffron), and beautiful galleries.
Central Otago is the place to when it comes to New Zealand’s famous pinot noir, and our favourite terroir has to be the scenic Bannockburn area, home to several top wineries, including Carrick and Mt Difficulty. It’s very easy to get from one winery to the next so you can actually swallow the wines that you’re tasting 🙂 The food is also wonderful.
A cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic steamship the TSS Earnslaw is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience Queenstown’s famed scenic beauty. The leisurely 90 minute cruise across the lake showcases some of the region’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of the city’s living history – the 100 year old TSS Earnslaw.
The list really goes on… Queenstown has SO much to offer that a week won’t be enough and you’ll want to come back. The good news is that Transfercar has a lot of car relocations going to and from Queenstown so make the most of it!
Photos by Pascal Languillon except Steamship by Real Journeys.