Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a resort town in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island. Geography has made this place ideal for outdoor sports. The town sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountain peaks. The area is best known for its extreme sports, such as heli skiing, bungee jumping, skydiving, whitewater kayaking and paragliding. Jet boats speed around the local waterways while mountain bikers, trekkers and skiers head up to the slopes.
At lower elevations, many sports take place year-round. Despite a relatively small permanent population, Queenstown is a cosmopolitan place with a big-city feel when it comes to the culinary, art and nightlife scenes. It’s also the center of a wine-making region. While adventure sports are the main draw, more leisurely activities like golf, horseback riding and hiking are also featured.