If you’re still pumping of course there’s the bungee jumping (included in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Top Travel Experiences), hang gliding, paragliding, white-water rafting, parapenting, and a myriad of other ways to die. But for those of us who would rather take it easier, Queenstown is still a great destination for a head rush of a different kind.
The result of all this testosterone fuelled activity means that most of the population at first appears to be cashed up young backpackers from the US, Australia and Europe. But take a closer look and you’ll see bearded Lord of the Rings fans, Chinese families (it was Chinese New Year when we were there), road tripping baby boomers, wealthy Americans holed up in glamorous eco lodges, photographers, bush walkers, fishermen, gamblers and international students studying at the tertiary colleges set up there to teach English and other pursuits of the West. It seems Queenstown, winter ski capital of the southern hemisphere, now whatever the season and whatever your age, has something for everyone.
It seems Queenstown, winter ski capital of the southern hemisphere, now whatever the season and whatever your age, has something for everyone.
Written by Kaye Francis.