An outdoor-lover's holiday dream
New Zealand's South Island is blessed with sweeping valleys, world-class skiing and an array of natural assets to keep you on the go. You could be forgiven for not spotting Queenstown on a map of the country, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in spectacular scenery. Built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, this tourist-focussed town is skirted by majestic mountains including the jagged Remarkables which become a sprawling ski field in the winter and are, well, pretty remarkable!
When the cooler weather creeps in and Queenstown is abuzz with snow sports, spend a couple of days on the slopes and enjoy the apres ski festivities for a winter holiday from Australia. The skiing may draw big crowds but Queenstown is still a wonderful holiday destination any time of year. Adventurous travellers can a few days in Queenstown diving into history at the world's first commercial bungy jump off Kawarau Bridge, cycling the famous Otago Rail Trail on a guided tour or ziplining tree to tree on Gondola Hill. Make the most of your weekend getaway to Queenstown by embracing the local dining scene and vibrant nightlife, settling into an award-winning restaurant or wine bar for live music and delicious local fare.
Why not hire a car and make the journey across the isle from Queenstown to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula? The trip will take you approximately three and a half hours but you could easily spend a day pulling in at scenic towns along the way like Cromwell and Alexandra. Unwind in Scotland-esque Dunedin, exploring the Edwardian architecture, cosy cafes and great outdoors where sea lions, penguins and albatross congregate. Get in touch with a Flight Centre consultant to arrange hotels, tours and more for your short holiday in Queenstown.