Must See: Queenstown, New Zealand
If there was a heaven on Earth, Queenstown would be it. The small and quaint town of almost 30,000 residents is home to the world’s first commercial bungee jump, picturesque panoramic views, and not forgetting, Lord of The Ring’s Middle Earth. Arriving after a 12-hour flight, Queenstown promises to overwhelm your senses with its serenity and crisp blue skies that’s sure to make you forget your extreme jetlag.
Whenever someone asks me about my travels, I will always find a way to mention Queenstown – for a shameless bout of bragging. Located on New Zealand’s Southern Island, Queenstown boasts year-round magnificent views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu at its base all. While the currency exchange rates of the Singapore and New Zealand Dollar might get you all faint (definitely not in our favour), let me just assure you that Queenstown is most definitely going to blow your mind (and socks) off. Here’s how:
- Ski away on The Remarkables. If you find yourself in Queenstown in winter (June – August). Take the opportunity to check yourself in one of Queenstown’s many ski lodges and resorts for some snowy fun. Should The Remarkables end up to be terribly crowded, head on to Coronet Peak instead.Don’t own any ski gear? Fret not, you can rent them on-site and save yourself some baggage space.
- Cruise through Milford Sound. Located within Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a must-see for an overview of the lakes. Carved by glaciers during the ice age, Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. Get up close to waterfalls – some as high as 1000m, or make friends with the friendly seals and dolphins you’re sure to meet along the way.If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, hire a helicopter and take in the Sound from the top or kayak with a friend. Either way, it’s a win.