Queenstown’s winter is the absolute best. Whether you want to get your heart racing with adrenaline pumping activities or whether you prefer to sip mulled wine on a balcony overlooking gorgeous snowy peaks. In either case, Queenstown New Zealand should be your first choice.
You won’t be disappointed; winters in Queenstown are one of the most beautiful experiences. The vast sky, sun shimmering through the snow-capped mountains, and you gazing amazed at how beautiful the world is, that is what a quiet Queenstown winter is all about.
There is always plenty to do during the Winter months – Destination Queenstown has an up to date schedule.
Here are some of the exciting things to do when you are at Queenstown.
- Ski away!
For those that have never skied , you can take a few lessons, there are plenty available. Before too long, you’ll be up there on the slopes flaunting your newly acquired skills.
- Farm tour at Walter Peak
If skiing is not your thing, there are many other exciting Winter activities to keep you busy.
Maybe sometimes you yearn for a good old walk. At Walter Peak, you’ll be able to have a pleasant outdoor walk on the farm and even feed the animals. Sipping steaming cups of hot tea and strolling through the lakeside will make your already lovely day even merrier.
Moreover, if you are interested in a farming lifestyle, you can learn a thing or two from the team of experts who are there to guide you at Walter Peak. The duration of this fun little adventure would be around 3 hours.
Do stars and open sky mesmerise you? The night sky in Queenstown is a surreal stargazing experience. If you have Southern Lights on your bucket list; you may be able to tick it off in Queenstown. You may be lucky to see the Southern Lights on a clear winter.
Unwind yourself and spend hours gazing at the iconic beauty of the vast expanse of Queenstown’s sky.
- Onsen Hot Pools
After a winter day of adventure in the of Queenstown, you get to chill out in relaxing hot pools. Onsen Hot Pools are a perfect place to calm down and treat yourself to some drinks while looking at the beautiful landscapes. You can see the Shotover River while you unwind in the hot pool. Return rejuvenated with after one of their iconic facial and body massages packages available.
- Explore Milford Sound
Famously known as the 8th wonder of the world, Milford Sound is truly a beauty to behold.
It’s about a three-hour drive from Queenstown (each way) and is considered the most beautiful part of Fiordland National Park. Breathtaking, especially during winters and stuning when it rains, you’ll find yourself spellbound by the magnificence of this place.
Boat cruises are one of the most popular ways to explore Milford Sound.
- Drive to some quaint towns
Just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, is the cute village of Arrowtown. A perfect place to wander , grab something to eat, a hot drink from the cafes and watch the world go by.
Also, if you are a Lord of The Rings fan, you cannot miss the lakeside drive to Glenorchy.
- Ice Skating
It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro or a novice. A day spent ice skating is always fun. Slipping and falling with your mates and family and doing a quick stunt or two would make for some good memories to laugh about later.
And if you don’t want to ice skate, Queenstown Ice Arena has a space for you too. Off-rink, there is a comfortable lounge and a warm fireplace. So you can chill without feeling left out.
- Bungy Jumping
Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercial Bungy jump. The splendid view once you are up there and taking that plunge gazing down to the turquoise water below is truly indescribable .
Though Kawarau Gorge is the most famous for bungy, Queenstown is known as the hub of bungy jumping for a reason. You have a variety of choices. The highest in the Southern Hemisphere is the Nevis Bungy, with 8.5 seconds of free fall. At the top of Skyline Gondola, there is the Ledge Bungy with a 47m drop where you can do freestyle.
- Jet Boating
The only way to experience the stunning canons of Queenstown is to take the jetboat. Summer or winter this is always open.
So pack your warm clothes and be ready to lose yourself in the natural beauty of Queenstown.