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Queenstown hasn’t earned its moniker of “adventure capital of the world” without good reason. This mountain town is the epicentre for thrill seekers of all levels and offers a veritable playground for intrepid newlyweds opting for a bit of adventure, as well as the opportunity to relax and unwind.
For water sport adventurers, hop aboard the Shotover Jet for a white-knuckle joy ride down the aptly named Shotover River, or opt for a cruise with Dart River Safaris, which lets you explore the natural beauty of the world heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park from the comfort of the boat, which has heated seats and plenty of warm blankets.
In town there are designer boutiques, quaint cafes to warm up with a hot chocolate and for some deep relaxation visit the Onsen Hot Pools, where you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the mountains from your own private cedar-lined hot tub.
In the evenings, slow down the pace with a romantic ride aboard the Skyline Gondola. Touted as the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above the town and, once at the top of Bob’s Peak, there are numerous observations decks to take in the twinkling nighttime lights of Queenstown below.
Before heading down, enjoy a feast of fresh, local produce and wines from the Queenstown and Central Otago regions at the restaurant.
When to visit: Primarily a ski town, visit when the snow levels are at their best (June to August).
Must-do: The ski fields are undoubtedly the town’s biggest drawcard, but for the ultimate alpine experience, take things up a notch with Harris Mountains Heli-Ski Tours. The view of the Southern Alps from the helicopter is staggering enough, but the outlook from the top as you’re ready to ski or board your way down the untracked powder fields is truly spectacular.
Stay at:The Spire, 3-5 Church Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand.