Queenstown - A Celebrated Destination For Romance

21 February 2013

Queenstown, on New Zealand's South Island, comes complete with spectacular scenery, providing a fitting backdrop for the perfect romantic getaway. Sitting on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown offers a host of exhilarating outdoor experiences and cosy indoor activities, making it a favourite destination for couples seeking affordable, comfortable retreats year-round. We came up with a host of romantic Queenstown activities ranging from extreme sports to indulgent spa treatments. Here are our top five.

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Helicopter and Hot Air Balloon
Enjoy a bird's eye view of Queenstown's spectacular natural scenery from the comfort of a helicopter. Create a customised flight or take a Lord of the Rings tour, giving you a glimpse of magnificent Middle Earth. Add a shot of adrenaline to the relationship and try heli-hiking, biking and in winter months, ice-climbing. For a gentler trip over the Wakatipu basin, rise early and experience sunrise and a champagne breakfast after a peaceful hot air balloon ride.

Hiking, Trekking and Skiing
Stay at a cosy ski resort in the mountains, and spend days together, exploring glaciers and ancient rainforests, "tramping" through the Fiordlands National Park, and skiing in the beautiful alpine surrounds. Otago region's mountain range, The Remarkables, offer 2.2 kilometres of skiable terrain for all levels of skiers. Find Coronet Peak just 20 minutes from Queenstown, with its extremely efficient lift infrastructure, and advanced trails, as well as excellent beginner and intermediate runs to suit every couple.

Dinner
What's a romantic getaway without a quiet dinner for two in a secluded, elegant venue? Queenstown boasts several romantic settings for couples seeking a restaurant to remember, including award winning Gantleys Restaurant, located on Arthers Point Road, The Bunker, discreetly hidden behind an old wooden door on Cow Lane, and Wai Restaurant on Beach Street at Steam Wharf, offering relaxed fine dining and stunning views of The Remarkables. New Zealand's wines are some of the best in the world. The magnificent Marlborough region boasts more than 40 cellar doors.

Extreme Sports
Queenstown's natural beauty makes outdoor activities irresistible. Adventure-loving couples will want to experience together, exciting activities including skydiving, bungee jumping, jet boating, whitewater rafting, river surfing or canyoning. Try a tree-to-tree zipline that descends 30 storeys through ancient beech forests at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. From Coronet Peak or Skyline Gondola, fly like birds on hang gliders over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Pampering
A romantic getaway in Queenstown is not complete without a little pampering. Take time out to enjoy a completely private bathing experience in a cedar hot tub that will leave you both feeling calm and relaxed. Enjoy the Alpine views and the star filled sky when you press a button to retract the roof. Spoil yourselves with a couples' complete indulgence experience, which includes Hydrotherapy Tub treatment, full body massage, and customised facials. Following this romantic few hours, you'll feel refreshed and revitalised; ready for anything.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.