New Zealand has firmly established itself over the years as a prime vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts.
Sometimes, though, our vacation budgets only go too far. If you don’t have enough money or time for a thorough exploration of everything Kiwi country has to offer, you can still get a tasty slice of the adventure pie by staying in Queenstown, dubbed the Adventure Capital of the World.
Queenstown is a town in the scenic South Island of New Zealand. Getting there is a piece of cake, as it has its own international airport. Whether you’re on a private plane or a dialaflight.com flight, you’ll quickly be greeted by the spectacular runway approach thanks to the surrounding Southern Alps. Here are a few attractions that are highly recommended for the budget-conscious traveler.
Enjoy Lake Wakatipu
Before you start looking for adventure tours that fit your budget don’t forget to take in a nice, scenic stroll on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Bring a camera and enjoy the scenery and the historic TSS Earnslaw steamboat.
Relive the Lord of the Rings trilogy
OK, there won’t be any orcs chasing you around, but you can visit the many locations around Queenstown where Peter Jackson filmed the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are paid tours available, but you can map out your own route by either doing a bit of research on the internet or springing for an AA road atlas. The filming spots are marked in the latter.
Go wine tasting
SH 6 has plenty of vineyards where you can try their products. Queenstown is also home to wine shops that offer wine tasting for a small fee. If you’re lucky, you can even taste some for free.
Put your legs to work
Cyclists and hikers can find over 100 km of trails on the Queenstown Trail. Not only will you get some exercise, you also get to experience Queenstown’s many breathtaking views up close. The more experienced bikers can also have a go at Macetown, one of the country’s premiere mountain bike routes.