Queenstown is the main tourist destination in New Zealand among world travellers, and the typical go to Holiday for any Kiwi wanting to splurge on an 'exotic' location but aren't wanting the 21 hour flight to Europe.
The South Islands landscape is vastly different to the landscape of its counterpart, the North Island, seeing the Southern Alps from mid flight is breathtakingly beautiful, the rolling mountains capped with snow make any trip worth while no matter what time of year it is
Queestown has endless options for day trips, adrenaline rushes and leisure activities so I've put together a short list of must see and must do attractions.
Onsen Hot Pools:
Onsen is a day spa where you can come and enjoy a private spa experience as well as the view which overlooks the shotover river canyon. This is a typical pit stop for anyone visiting the area and there's no doubt about why, getting a private hot tub for an hour with a glass of wine is a perfect night spent whether by yourself or with a partner. If taking a night booking you'll get to gaze at the stars while you bath as light pollution is almost non-existent.
You will want to book this towards the end of your day as you wont want to be doing anything remotely strenuous after this muscle relaxing hours dip. To make a booking visit them here.
An iconic experience that can't be missed if you can help it, Shotover Jet is a thrilling boat ride shooting you between canyons, you'll get to see the beautiful scenery towering above you while you hold on to the sides praying not to get splashed with the icy cold water. Shotover gets hundreds of thousands of visitors a year which have included Hollywood Celebrities and the British Royal Family. It's not cheap but you experience one hell of a ride and learn a fair bit about the area and the boat itself. Visit them here to make a booking.
I didn't partake in any of these pant wetting adventures but I would highly recommend if you have the time and money and are keen to have adrenaline rush through your brain at the same speed as your free fall into a canyon. AJ Hacket run some pretty incredible activities around the country with majority of them based in and around Queenstown, having 3 bungys, 2 swings, a catapult and zipride there's plenty to choose from. The zip ride being the most tame and the Nevis swing is the newest and most stomach tightening ride to hit the canyon. Visit their website to see everything they have to offer.
If you're into cookies but want a taste of Hooters then this is your eye opening experience into seeing the family friendly answer for the controversial restaurant chain. Planted at 18 Camp Street near the main town center it will be a hard one to miss as music is continuously blaring from the shop. Great cookies though, 10/10 do recommend to satisfy your sugar cravings.
If you're craving a sweet treat paired with a great view then Patagonia is the place to visit, this 2 story cafe/chocolate shop/creamery is your one stop shop if you're planning on picking up diabetes while on holiday. I have been known to devour a 2 person serving chocolate dish on my own (successfully), so I tempted myself to a double scoop of gelato in a waffle cone only to find myself admitting defeat at the size of the scoops and clearly overstepping my recommended daily intake of sugar. At least the upstairs dining area has a great view of the lake so if I had entered a sugar induced coma my last sight would have been peaceful.