In Queenstown, everything revolves around the dazzling beauty of the surrounding mountains, where big, vivid living happens on land, water and even in the air. Skiers and snowboarders bank broad turns in wide-open bowls overlooking stunning natural landscapes. Bungy jumpers at the world’s first commercial bungy operation leap 43 meters from a 19th century suspension bridge to dunk their heads in the rushing Kawarau River. Skydivers free-fall into a place named Paradise. But Queenstown’s experiences go beyond adrenaline. Lake Wakatipu, shaped like an 80 kilometer-long lightning bolt, is Queenstown’s centerpiece, its crystal clear waters rising and falling like an ocean’s tide. The mountain range that forms a dramatic backdrop – aptly called The Remarkables – towers with pure beauty and jagged peaks. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is a compact and cosmopolitan town that welcomes adventurous travellers during all four of its lovely seasons. Here, hikers find themselves relaxing to dub beats after walking wish list trails. Golfers have their pick of six courses. Anglers who have come to cast into the pristine Greenstone River become enraptured with a steamship cruise across the lake’s expanse. And mountain bikers drawn to Queenstown for back-country adventures find time to tour the vineyards and savour globally acclaimed local pinot noir.
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