Ultimate Queenstown


Water, Water Everywhere

Posted by David Fahey: 27th Sep 2014 @ 14:27:26

With the 2014 ski season now coming to a close, we now start looking to the hills as the solid snow pack that produced so much joy over winter slowly begins its transition from solid to liquid. As the snow begins to melt, waterfalls begin to cascade down the hills and make its way to rivers, then the rivers finally come to rest at the lake. All of this culminates with hot summer days as Queenstown sprouts into a water lover’s dream.

No matter what you like to do in the water or how adventurous you are, if you can’t do it in Queenstown it probably can’t be done – well surfing may be the exception, but we have even adapted to this with the creation of river surfing.

For the faint hearted jump aboard one of the many lake cruises, where informative commentaries about the area will be delivered. Take a journey on the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw and gently make your way across to Walter Peak where you can stop for lunch or dinner, witness a farm show or partake in a horse trek. Sea Kayak self-hire or guided trips are available on a daily basis, or try the latest craze and give stand up paddle boarding a go.

My personal pick for the soft core water enthusiast would have to be ‘Funyaking’. Effectively a jet boat accessed inflatable canoe trip down the Dart River, tucked away at the top of the Lake in the picturesque Mt Aspiring National Park.

For the more adventurous the world is your oyster! Wizz down sheer walled Shotover canyons in a 720 horse power jet boat at 80km per hour with the world famous Shotover Jet or conquer the rapids of the mighty Shotover River with Queenstown Rafting. Jump off cliffs and abseil down water falls with the team from or get up close and personal with the Kawarau River as you negotiate the rapids of Chinese Dog Leg, with Serious fun River Surfing. Tear around the lake inside a shark – yes I said shark, as you dive under water and leap back out of it with Hydro Attack. And even turn yourself into a water born missile as you porphorse like a dolphin with the newest water born attraction – Flyboard Queenstown.

Like I said. Queenstown really does have it all when it comes to water. Whether you’re a family, young or old, adventurous or not, then you are guaranteed to find it here! 

For more information on these great water activities visit Thrill -Water

New Walter Peak Combo package this summer

Posted by Kate Fahey: 26th Sep 2014 @ 17:42:31

Real Journey's have just announced the ultimate day out at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Do it all with the newest value packed combo to hit Queenstown this summer!

The Walter Peak Combo includes a return cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship across the lake, delicious gourmet BBQ lunch, a high country farm tour and a 45 minute horse trek.

Sit back and relax on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as the chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill.

After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens before meeting your horse and guide for a wonderful high country horseback experience.

The 45 minute horse trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders.

A quintessential Kiwi experience for families, couples and friends alike. This summer combo is a must-do experience and incredible value at just $136 per adult and $80 per child.

For more information or for similar experiences visit out Family Thrills or Tours & Sightseeing pages.

Queenstown Bike Park season open

Posted by David Fahey: 25th Sep 2014 @ 13:56:40

And so it begins! Yep that’s right the season of shred has kicked off in Queenstown early this year with the Queenstown Bike Park bringing forward it’s opening date to 18th September. With a season that now extends right through to 3rd May, $699 buys you seven and a half months of all access biking.

Winter has seen some serious fluffing going on in the park, with mountains of dirt moved and re-sculptured to produce some seriously world class riding. The park now boasts over 14 marked trails with everything from the ultra flowey Hammy’s green run, right through to World Cup which I’m sure the name speaks volumes for.

Ride with a local for a day though and you’ll see that there are far more than just 14 trails on the mountain. Look beyond the bermed corners and the dense pine forest holds a magnitude of slightly more ‘organic’ trails, trails gauged through the undergrowth by the cover of darkness, with hand cut lines and skidded in corners.

While still in its infancy it’s fair to say that Queenstown Bike Park has something for absolutely everyone and is in a state of constant evolution.

It’s also worth pointing out that should you be tight on funds, the park is not solely accessible by Gondola. From Lomond crescent the access road for the Gondola is open for foot traffic and bike access all year round. So if you don’t mind earning the turn or keen to develop legs and lungs of steel then take on the challenge of the road. The post ride beer at Atlas Beer Café will have never tasted so sweet.

Skyline Mountain Biking Gondola passes will set you back $60 half day, $85 full day and $199 for a 3 day all access pass.

Sunshine Bay Walking Track

Posted by Kate Fahey: 22nd Sep 2014 @ 14:20:30

For a picturesque stroll along Lake Wakatipu, head along Queenstown’s Lake Esplanade to the Sunshine Bay walking track.

A short walk out of the town centre or a couple of minutes’ drive will lead you to the trail head just beyond 1 mile creek on the road to Glenorchy.

The track itself follows the curves along the shores of the lake, through some native forest and past some incredible views across the lake and mountains before reaching the beautiful beach of Sunshine Bay.

The scenery from this track is spectacular, so do be sure to take along your camera. There are a couple of spots to sit back and soak up the views and watch the world go by. As always in Queenstown, there is certainly a lot to see with lake activities such as the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown Paraflights and the Hydro Attack boats passing you by.

The track undulates with a few short climbs, rocky steps and roots but is suitable for all fitness levels. It comes highly recommended for those wanting some iconic photos of the Remarkables. Enjoy!

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