Queenstown is considered by many the ultimate in destinations. If adventure is your desire there is no question. Jetboating, paragliding, and the home of bungy jumping is just the beginning plus what a place to fulfill your retail needs and no question about the fabulous restaurants and cafes. A bustling and busy place by New Zealand small town standards with the bars and nightclubs going full tilt in the evening hours after the adrenalin junkies finish assault on their adventure pleasures. Lots of great walks and the lake is ideal for boating and water sports.
Be sure to take the road to Glenorchy. What a spectacular drive! One of our most enjoyable as we tour the country plus several places to stay for campers. We try to go out to the DOC camp at Moko Lake. The turn off is on the right a short time after leaving Queenstown on the Glenorchy road. Several kilometres from the main road on a picturesque isolated lake perfect for swimming, fishing and kayaking. Usually plenty of room to park overnight.
There are also plenty of activities for families also. A ride up the gondola and perhaps a luge ride , take a farm visit across the lake on the Earnslaw, ride in a monster truck, go-karts and more. A great holiday spot for anyone.
Complete information in my New Zealand travel books.