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Queenstown Things to Do – Attractions and Must See

Queenstown Things to Do

A very popular and heavily visited resort town in New Zealand, Queenstown attracts people from around the globe. Visitors will find many attractions to see and things to do while traveling here.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is probably New Zealand’s most famous and spectacular place to see. The scenery is breathtaking there, where the mountains spring directly from the sea. They are covered by temperate rainforest and are the source of many waterfalls. The weather is not always kind, but even on cloudy days, the majesty of Milford Sound is inspiring. Boat rides in the area include a standard scenic cruise, an extended cruise, and even overnight cruises. Visitors are warned to bring insect repellant, as there are many places where the insects are numerous.


For the adventurous soul, there are a few things to do while in the region. The Kawarau Bridge Bungy is home to the original 43-meter Bungy Jump. It’s the world’s first and debatably most famous jump in the world. The bridge itself crosses over the Kawarau River.

Another adventure to experience is jet boating. These boats were originally designed to navigate the narrow and shallow rivers in the Queenstown area, such as the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. These jetboats scream down the small intimate, canyons around these rivers and achieve very high speeds.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Queenstown.


By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

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