Queenstown, the adventure paradise of New Zealand
This city on New Zealand’s South Island on the edge of the mountains is a haven for adventurers and the birthplace of bungee jumping and speedboating. New Zealand’s South Island is famous for its wild landscapes and adventure sports, and Queenstown is the region’s main center for outdoor activities. Nestled between the country’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu, and Mount Ben Lomond, the city is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. Queenstown attracts hikers, campers, mountain bikers, skiers and those who simply want to experience the incredible beauty of New Zealand nature. Paradizo has been offering luxury villas in Queenstown for a long time and we thought to give you some insights and inspirations, so you might want to book your next vacation to this incredible place.
This fantastic city is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. In this region every traveler will find plenty of nature, culture or nightlife. Queenstown’s wild environment is irresistible to adventure lovers. It attracts many young visitors for its excellent party reputation, throngs of cool bars and excellent restaurants. The center of Queenstown exudes a youthful, dynamic atmosphere and is home to many bars, restaurants and hotels. Enjoy an evening of local food and wine in the Steamer Wharf entertainment district or have a picnic in the extensive gardens of the Queenstown Gardens. In summer, Queenstown is the starting point for cruises, flights and excursions to the mountains, in winter for the Coronet Peak and remarkable ski areas, as it has the most famous slopes in the whole country. Outdoor activities await you directly on the outskirts, often even within walking distance. Queenstown offers world-class adventure sports and the area is known for having launched many popular sports. Drop 43 meters from the world’s first commercial bungee jumping platform on the Kawarau Suspension Bridge or book the famous speedboat tour with Shot over Jets. Other activities for adrenaline junkies are jet boating and bungee jumping you can also go rafting, abseiling, skydiving, zip lining, paragliding and delta flying, moto crossing, canyoning, heliskiing, off-road driving, tobogganing, climbing, snowshoeing, zip riding, indoor climbing, golfing, acrobatics, Quad biking and mountain biking.
Places to visit near Queenstown
But as busy as Queenstown is, it is also in a beautiful setting, with gorgeous lake and mountain views wherever you are. Do not miss the waterfront and the sight of the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw, after 100 years it still cruises on Lake Wakatipu. Board the TSS Earnslaw ship for Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you can experience a traditional farm. The Gondola skyline will take you to the top of Bob’s Peak, with sweeping views of the city and some of the best hiking trails in Lake Wakatipu area. Just a short walk along the beach are the Queenstown Gardens, planted on a small peninsula that forms the small harbor of the city, the view from the lakeshore is very beautiful. We also recommend renting a kayak at Lake Hayes, one of the most beautiful lakes on this planet you will not forget the trip there. You should visit Arrowtown, one of the best preserved ancient cities in New Zealand, whose main street is still virtually intact, complete with a historical tour and a partially reconstructed Chinese gold mining village. Besides, the Kinloch Glenorchy is a lovely drive to the western end of Lake Wakatipu. Behind Glenorchy, two rivers of two valleys converge in a huge delta, and suddenly you can see mountains with glaciers.
Queenstown is home to many excellent restaurants that range from affordable to fine dining, from local to international cuisine. One recommendation is the new “Sherwood” with its cozy rustic atmosphere. Three kilometers from Queenstown, directly on Lake Wakatipu, it unites hotel, restaurant, bar and is also a place of relaxation with its range of yoga and Pilates. All ingredients used in the restaurant come from their own organic garden and surrounding farms and the bar serves wines from New Zealand’s best independent wine producers. Also, no visitor should leave the city without tasting “Ferg’s Gourmet burger” at least once. Because, since the opening in 2001 they are considered the best burgers in New Zealand. You can choose from New Zealand beef, lamb and chicken, tofu or falafel. The special are the surprising notes, which one additionally tastes depending on the burger: pineapple, apricot, mint, ginger and coconut, just to name a few variants. If you like Asian food you should visit “Asian street food style fusion” with its moderate prices in the bustling Madam Woo right in Queenstown. The menu features authentic Malaysian and Chinese dishes. The charming “Rata” belongs to the internationally renowned New Zealand star chef Josh Emett and has been inspired by the south of New Zealand. They offer local food in an authentic atmosphere.
Exclusive Luxury villas in Queenstown
Spaview Queenstown offers pure luxury and panoramic views from this stylish stand alone house located on a private lane off Hensman Road. The luxury villa has magnificent 180 degree views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Spacious, open plan living and dining with large glass windows make Spaview a relaxing base for your time in Queenstown.
This luxury accommodation near Queenstown is a brand new holiday home and has been furnished by local interior designer Carmen Hubber. Light and bright open plan areas make the most of the stunning views of the lake and The Remarkables, and open out onto the deck.
This centrally located, 4 bedroom holiday home with 3 bathrooms and 1 guest bathroom boasts a sophisticated and spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area which opens onto a large deck with BBQ. After a long day of sightseeing relax in the bubbling outdoor spa pool with a glass of local wine while dreaming away with the panoramic views
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