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5 things that Make Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World

In my two weeks in Australia and New Zealand, I must say, Queenstown was the one place that stole my heart.

Known as the adventure capital of the world, this town tucked away in New Zealand’s south island has one of the most spectacular scenaries and untouched lands I’ve ever seen. Queenstown is no ordinary city, it’s actually a skiing town given it’s close proximity to the Remarkables and Coronet Peak, two very famous skiing destinations in New Zealand. The town is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu with the cheap jerseys Remarkables mountain range at the backdrop giving a stunning picturesque view while walking by the lake front.

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When you think about New Zealand, cities such as Auckland and Christchurch often come to mind. But, being able to go around Auckland, I must say Queenstown is the city to go in New Zealand – especially for those adrenaline junkies. Queenstown is said to be the adventure capital of the world, so what makes this town in the southern tip of New Zealand so noteworthy?

1. Skydiving from 15,000 feet overlooking The Remarkables

There are many places in the world where you can actually skydive may it be in the US, Australia or Dubai, but nothing beats the scenery  Queenstown has to offer. Imagine skydiving with a backdrop of a majestic lake and towering mountain peaks covered with snow at either 15,000, 12,000 or 9,000 ft in the air!  A skydive would cost around 300-450 USD depending from which altitude plus the Go Pro pictures and videos. Skydiving can get pretty expensive, so if there’s one place you might want to do it, then that should be Queenstown.

There are different skydiving companies that operate in Queenstown, but Nzone Skydive is the most well-known and recommended since the location of the jump enables you to see the iconic Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu giving the Go Pro shots a stunning capture.

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Preparing to Skydive

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That’s me from 15,000ft 🙂

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2. Bungy Jumping – 4 different Ways!

The thing about Queenstown is the weather. With gloomy, cloudy weather, it is nearly impossible to skydive. So if you have limited time and stay in Queesntown might as well try bungy jumping in the place where they say bungee jumping was invented — New Zealand! AJ Hackett Bungy Jump actually offers 4 different kinds of Bungy Jumping.

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The Nevis Swing, the world’s biggest swing, will suspend you 160 metres above the canyon floor and you’re suddenly released finding yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph.

The Nevis Bungy is New Zealand’s highest Bungy jump from an epic 134m above the Nevis River. It’s a 45 minute drive from Queenstown and should be part of every adrenaline junkies’ bucketlist.

The Ledge Bungy is located 400m above Queenstown. Jumping off The Ledge allows adrenaline junkies to put a twist by jumping backwards or from a handstand towards the ground below. There’s actually a “Jump Menu” that allows you Fake Ray Bans to choose from a variety of jumps that fit your personality.

The Kawarau Bridge Bungy was the original Bungy Jump in New Zealand started over 28 years ago in 1988 by A.J. Hackett. It’s the adrenaline rush of jumping from the Kawarau Bridge towards the river below from 43m!

 

 

3. Shotover Jet Boat Ride through Shotover Canyon

Not far from central Queenstown is Shotover Canyon. A canyon with a  narrow river where the Shotover Jet Boat conducts their adrenaline pumping activitiy! Here you’re strapped on a jet boat jetting through canyons while being driven and drifted around Shotover canyon, Pretty good for an adventure weekend, right? Fasten your seat belts, enjoy the view, and get ready for a thrill of a lifetime!

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Shotover Jet Canyon

 

4. Paragliding from the top of Queenstown Gondola

Queenstown is iconic for it’s view from above where you can see the town and The Remarkables mountain range surrounding it. If you go up the gondola to the top of Queenstown, GForce Paragliding will be there to paraglide from the top of the mountain ПИРСИНГ headed towards Queenstown. Feel like a bird and get a bird’s eye view of Queenstown from above.

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Paragliding overlooking Queenstown

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The view from the top of Queenstown with Paragliders in the background

 

5. Roadtrip to Glenorchy and Milford Sound

For those faint-hearted a roadtrip is already an adventure in itself. From Queenstown, both Milford Sound, often called the 8th Wonder of the World is a 4 hour roadtrip away. Glenorchy is also quite near and takes only an hour to drive from Queenstown. Both drives are considered the most scenic drives in New Zealand. Driving through jaw-dropping views, the scenic experience is actually an adventure in itself. I took it up a notch and went kayaking in Milford Sound. For the extra-adventurous, kayaking is a tiring, yet fulfilling experience.

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Kayaking through Milford Sound

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The drive to Milford Sound

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Milford Sound

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Driving through mountains to Glenorchy

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Glenorchy

All photos taken by Go Pro Hero 4 and Fuji XE-2.

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