Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.
There's bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there's skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
There's also bad traffic congestion at different times of the day, particularly in the Frankton area.
This is a gorgeous city, however we found it very touristy when we were there (January). it's one of those towns that is gorgeous all year round and very busy all year round - not just over winter.
The town is spectacular to look at from on top of the mountain which you get to by gondola for about $44 per person. It's an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and takes you 450m above the town showcasing the most incredible panoramic views.
There are other packages you can buy including lunch or dinner and even a ride on the luge. Check them out here. I recommend going up towards dusk if you have a decent camera (or even just an I-phone), to get some great shots of the city heading towards nightfall. It closes at 9pm nightly.
If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace there’s plenty of recreational activities including hiking and biking trails to explore, guided tours, boat cruises, scenic flights or spa and wellness options to help you get away.