The land, rivers, mountains and sky -- Queenstown serves up adventure pursuits aplenty, everywhere. Be there, and just go for it.
Whether it’s sailing, hiking, white water rafting, jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, canyon swinging, skiing, mountain biking... or whatever more to get your adrenaline pumping, this resort town, nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, is a perfect stage for it all.
Setting sight on the hustle-bustle of activities happened as soon as I drew the curtains apart in my hotel room, which gave me walking access to the front of the glistening Lake Wakatipu. It was visibly dotted with sails, kayaks and boats. The backdrop was the Remarkables mountain range, and it was sunset.
It has a compact town centre, where everything is within walking distance, including about 100 places to dine -- which are often alive during the day and night with live music -- and a beauty that’s remarkably picture postcard perfect. What’s more? You can see it from every height and angle. Ask those why skydive from 15,000 feet!
Queenstown is a resort town in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, some 900 km from the capital Wellington. It has its own airport. For many Indians, the first glimpse of the town’s beauty came through the Bollywood blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, starring Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel, which was partially shot here. Even the 2010 release I Hate Luv Storys, featuring Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan, captured its beauty.
Queenstown can make you forget your worldly worries. Good enough reason to go there.