How to Spend 2 Days in Queenstown
Queenstown, the so-called adventure capital of the world and certainly of New Zealand, is the place to try extreme sports and activities, such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting. With two days to spend here, you also have enough time to explore the more peaceful surrounding area. Here’s how to best fill a 48-hour stint in Queenstown.
Day 1: Sightseeing by Water, Air, and Gondola
**Morning:**Queenstown is surrounded by lakes and rivers that beckon curious travelers. Start day one with a splash on Lake Wakatipu, or the Kawarau or Shotover river. Choose a water-based adventure that suits you, whether it be a leisurely catamaran cruise, a jet-boat excursion, or a white-water sledging experience.
**Afternoon:**Take to the skies for a helicopter tour from Queenstown. Soar over the Remarkables and the Southern Alps, marveling at the jagged peaks below. Some helicopter tours from Queenstown whisk visitors to faraway destinations, such as the Milford Sound, that may not otherwise be feasible on a 2-day trip.
**Night:**Back in Queenstown, take the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. The ride up the mountainside takes only 10 minutes and offers some Instagram-worthy views of Queenstown and beyond. At the top, enjoy dinner with a view at the summit restaurant.
Day 2:Lord of the Rings, Bungee, and Wine
**Morning:**From Queenstown, it is only a 45-minute drive to Glenorchy, which is known for its stunning lake and mountain scenery.Lord of the Rings filming location tours take visitors to beauty spots in Glenorchy where scenes from the trilogy were shot.
**Afternoon:**There is no better place to attach yourself to an elastic cord and throw yourself off a great height than Queenstown, the birthplace of the bungee jump. Though there are now lots of places in town to go bungee jumping, the original site at Kawarau Suspension Bridge remains one of the best.
**Night:**After the rush of bungee jumping, you may need a glass of wine to unwind. Depart in late afternoon for a wine tour of Central Otago, pairing local pours with pizza, or prepurchase a tasting voucher for a Queenstown wine lounge, where you can sample multiple varietals plus cheeses and charcuterie.