7 Reasons to Visit Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is an all-time favourite destination for travellers. People love to visit this small but mighty New Zealand resort town due to its diverse experiences, scenic wonders, and amazing vibes.

7 Reasons to Visit Queenstown

1. Bungy Jumping

Bungy Jumping
Bungy Jumping

In 1988, AJ Hackett established New Zealand’s first commercial Bungy operation. From here the love affair with this thrilling sport just blossomed. The original Kawarau Bridge Bungy is still getting strong today. Kawarau Bridge is the most famous adrenaline-inducing place in the world, which is the only place in Queenstown to offer tandem jumping experiences.

New Zealand is considered the world’s best destination for bungy jumping. It is the home of the world-famous AJ Hackett bungy jumps and the first commercial bungy site at the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. In recent years several more bungy jumps have been launched by AJ Hackett, including the 134-metre Nevis highwire and 47-metre Ledge bungy in Queenstown, as well as New Zealand’s only ocean touch bungy from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. You can also enjoy bungy jumping in Taupo, Rotorua and Hanmer Springs, twelve months of the year.

Whether you choose to jump off a bridge, leap off a ledge or hop out of a cable car, there is no better place in the world to bungy jump. If you want to save money and time then package your bungy up with another adventure activity like jet boating, skydiving and rafting and book an Adventure Combo.

2. Skiing and Snowboarding Terrains are Popular

Skiing and Snowboarding Terrains are Popular.jg
Skiing and Snowboarding Terrains are Popular

Queenstown has many ski resorts. Practically the town is the gateway to some of the very best in New Zealand. Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, and Treble Cone are all within a short drive from the town centre; and most of the ski passes will give you access to multiple fields at once. Town transport often includes this in those packages, and you can get them online or upon reaching the venue.

What makes skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand extra special is the fact that a temperate climate allows visitors to enjoy a range of other activities in between days on the slopes. Off the mountains, wintertime temperatures still allow visitors to go hiking through native forests; surfing (yes, even during the winter months – although you should recommend that your clients wear wetsuits!) or try an adrenaline rush such as bungy jumping or black-water rafting.

More relaxed après-ski options include unwinding with a glass of mulled wine in a cosy pub, soaking in a hot pool or exploring New Zealand’s vibrant urban centres.

See also: 10 Skiing Destinations in New Zealand

3. The Town Buzz all year Round

The Town Buzz all year Round
The Town Buzz all year Round

The best part of this place is no season affects its activities and buzzes. You will be engaged all year round with some event or the other. Starting from the annual Winter Festival, to cool summer concerts and dynamic live music concerts. Some other popular year-round attractions include hiking, jet boating, canyon swinging, and cruises.

Explore New Zealand’s stunning landscapes and thrilling adventure opportunities. 

You can find walking and hiking trails all around the country. Choose a short walk or a multi-day trek to discover destinations such as Stewart Island/Rakiura, Fiordland, or Tongariro National Park. 

On your outdoors adventure, you might see some of New Zealand’s wildlife, including rare birds, dolphins, or even whales. 

4. The Locals are Quite Friendly

The Locals are Quite Friendly
The Locals are Quite Friendly

Queenstown is known for having the friendliest cities in the world. Conde Nast magazine ranks it among the top 10. You will find Kiwis incredibly friendly by nature and are ready to help anyone who needs a few extra pointers. They are known for their hospitality; so you will find people working in restaurants, bars, hotels, and retail places quite helpful and friendly.

Kiwis are quite humble people. They don’t like bragging about their achievements, and they equally hate hearing anyone being boastful about their own feats. Kiwis also expect their sports idols to stay grounded in the nation’s proudest moments. For instance, New Zealand rugby star Richie McCaw’s choice to decline a knighthood has been lauded as a model example of this much-valued sense of humility.

5. Great Accommodation Options

Great Accommodation Options
Great Accommodation Options

If you are traveling to this place on a budget or can splurge on a boutique hotel, you won’t be short of accommodation options in Queenstown. Just keep in mind that the most luxurious venues from AirBnBs to backpackers, fill up fast. It is great to book your accommodation as early as possible.

Since the mid-1980s, New Zealand has pioneered the backpacker hostel, a less regimented alternative to traditional YHAs, which have transformed themselves dramatically to compete. Found all over the country, hostels offer superb value to budget travellers.

Wherever you stay, you can expect unstinting hospitality and a truckload of valuable advice on local activities and onward travel.

You should book accommodation at major towns and popular tourist locales at least a few days in advance from December to March. Reserving several weeks ahead is a good idea if you’re particular about where you stay. Most Kiwis take two to three weeks off from Christmas onwards, so from December 26 to mid-January anywhere near a nice beach or lake is likely to be packed, particularly holiday parks (campsites) and motels, which usually rack up their prices considerably during this period. Places that don’t attract Kiwi holiday-makers can be relatively peaceful at this time. Towns near ski resorts are typically busiest between July and September, particularly on weekends and during school holidays.

6. Scenic Landscapes are in Abundance

Scenic Landscapes are in Abundance
Scenic Landscapes are in Abundance

Lake Wakatipu, a collection of alpine ranges, great vistas, and an all-around unspoiled scenery – all these are in abundance in Queensland. This is the best place if you want to make the best of the South Island’s sublime backdrop. Go climbing up Bob’s Peak to get a full panoramic view of the town, or soak up the stunning lakeside views by going on a picnic.

In NZ, you can see spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. Much of these landscapes are protected by National Parks with thousands of kilometres of walks and trails opening their beauty to the public.

7. Queenstown Casino

What’s on at Skycity Queenstown
SkyCity Queenstown

Skycity Queenstown Casino is a gem nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. This premier gaming venue boasts an array of exciting table games, state-of-the-art slot machines, and a dedicated poker room. The stylish casino prides itself on delivering a world-class entertainment experience. It doesn’t just stop at gaming, though.

Skycity also offers a top-tier dining experience, with an on-site restaurant serving a blend of local and international cuisines. Beyond the thrill of the game, it’s the exceptional customer service that sets Skycity Queenstown apart. Attentive staff are ready to assist, ensuring a memorable and comfortable visit. Whether you’re an experienced gambler or a casual player, Skycity Queenstown Casino provides a compelling reason to drop in.


Also, there are many other reasons to visit this great place in New Zealand, I am sure you will not miss out on visiting these places on your next trip to this country.

Mamta Sharma

Mamta is a spirited writer hailing from Wellington, bringing a youthful zest to the world of digital content. Merging her love for narrative with an eye for detail, Ella crafts stories that resonate and engage the modern reader.