The proclaimed adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown has much more to offer than bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. Set on beautiful Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the Remarkables mountain range, the town is surrounded by some of the most stunning vistas you will see. Originally a sheep station, Queenstown soon established itself as a port, ferrying supplies and transporting gold south following the 1862 gold rush in nearby Arrowtown.
Arrowtown and Glenorchy, 2 small settlements nearby are well worth a visit, the former to wander amongst the shops and quaint building and to visit the museum and the Chinese village. Glenorchy meanwhile offers horse riding, Dart River safaris and one of the most tranquil spots in the region.
Queenstown is also the perfect base from which to explore Fiordland. Real Journeys provide great coach and flight option to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.