Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There’s bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
After living in Australia for several years, I had made several short trips to the neighboring country of New Zealand. None of them prepared me for the trip to Queenstown in the southern Island. The mountain landscapes were breathtaking as well as the ocean shores that touched them. The town was nice, the people friendly, and plenty of amenities to keep you busy.