Pure fascination on New Zealand's South Island

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Queenstown is located at the most beautiful end of the world. The dream destination is located in the interior of New Zealand's South Island, which captivates with its remoteness and wilderness. The former gold mining town with currently 12,000 inhabitants is visited by 2 million people annually. In the meantime it is considered a Mecca of fun sports. Bungee jumping is said to have been born in the adventure capital of the world.
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If you travel to Queenstown at the entrance to the Fjordland National Park, the Maori welcome you with "Kia Ora". The holiday resort is located at Lake Wakatipu. The third largest lake in the country is surrounded by the New Zealand Alps. On the opposite side of Queenstown are "The Remarkables". The striking mountain range is known for its sawtooth-like peaks. The former glacial lake belongs to the Southern Scenic Route.

This natural jewel with a depth of 380 meters has developed into a center of extreme sports. An old steamboat operates on the 80-kilometer-long Queenstown waterway, which also takes excursionists to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here visitors can get an insight into sheep farming. One of the unforgettable experiences is a helicopter flight over the idyllic lake.

Around Queenstown there are extensive areas for hiking, mountaineering and skiing. To Bob's Peak, travellers take the gondola to enjoy the fantastic views. On the 731-metre-high mountain, a special kind of live show awaits guests in the skyline complex. The Kiwi Haka with dance and music gives an insight into the culture of the indigenous people.

The 30-minute spectacle high above Queenstown is combined with a dinner. A reservation is essential. Compared to Germany, the time difference is 12 hours. In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are exactly the opposite. Under the protection of the New Zealand Alps, mercury rarely falls below freezing point in the winter months. The continental climate of Queenstown proves to be mild and balanced in summer.

Adventure sports such as canyoning, jet boating and rafting are possible in this paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Paragliding, skydiving, skydiving, helibiking, fishing and horseback riding are all available in Queenstown. The area is perfect for cycling and mountain biking. For thrills, bungee jumping from the Karawau Bridge is also available. At the "watertouches available" daring people touch the water surface with their heads.
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In the Queenstown Gardens you can see ice skaters, golfers, tennis players and bowlers depending on the season. The cosmopolitan city is known for its art scene and food culture. The oldest winery is located in the Gibbston Valley. In the Otago region, vacationers take part in wine tasting. Nature lovers visit the Kiwi Bird Park and Underwater Observatory in Queenstown. The tranquil Arrowtown has an award-winning Lake District Museum.

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