Queenstown is a destination for people who like to play hard and party harder. They call it the Extreme Sports Capital of New Zealand, and it's a title well-earned. Its proximity to lakes, mountains and rivers offer plenty of locales for adventure.
Queenstown is the birthplace of bungee jumping. The winter ski season is internationally renowned, and in summer Queenstown is popular with rafters, hikers and jet boaters, who can book reservations and equipment at the numerous offices in downtown Queenstown. For a scenic overview of the dramatic landscape, the Skyline Gondola carries passengers to the top of a hill. The Maori Concert & Hangi treats patrons to a feast cooked underground on hot stones while taking in a bit of Maori entertainment. Wine lovers can imbibe to their heart's content at over 71 thriving vineyards that populate the region. There used to be gold in them thar hills – Queenstown was a boomtown during an early 19th century gold rush, and the Goldfields Mining Centre explores that heritage. Queenstown has responded to its influx of tourists by providing an abundance of amenities. Its streets are lined with shops, cafes and clubs to entertain visitors once the skis come off and it's time for a night on the town.