Peter Jackson chose well for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, for on the outskirts of Queenstown, New Zealand, you will find landscapes worthy of fantasy novels. These high peaks and rolling green valleys are now the playground of fans of extreme sports.
Visitors to Queenstown, the "global capital of adventure", are usually keen to take part in some hair-raising activities. Parachuting, paragliding, base-jumping, rafting, speed-boating, canyoning, bungee jumping... adventurers will never get bored in Queenstown.
However, poets and sensitive souls can rest assured, Queenstown also has a more tranquil side. The surrounding countryside is ideal for long hikes, to the top of Coronet Peak, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu or through Paradise Valley, for example.
In winter, discover the island’s best ski resorts dotted around four ski areas with an international reputation. In summer, the Mount Aspiring National Park welcomes visitors, who flock to explore its mountains, glaciers, valleys and high altitude lakes.
Once you have tired yourself out, its time to enjoy some excellent food; this area is particularly well known for its cuisine, especially its seafood and wines. For a real treat, spend a few hours in one of Queenstown’s many spa and well-being centres, you will instantly feel rejuvenated. Queenstown is one of the most naturally inspiring and revitalising places in the world.
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