queenstown nz lake

Where

Queenstown, New Zealand

Why now

If Drake’s song Views was the soundtrack to any trip, it would be this one. Ski in the Southern Alps, paraglide over crystalline Lake Wakatipu or go white-water rafting on rivers flowing through the rocky canyons. Whatever you choose you can bank on the backdrop being screensaver worthy. If you’re after more chill than thrill, head to one of Wakatipu’s peaceful beaches with a good book or go for a lazy bike ride through the vineyards.

When to go

If you’re in it for the winter sports, hit up Queenstown between June and October. Otherwise, summer in the southern hemisphere stretches from December to February and is a wonderfully temperate time to explore the island’s diverse landscapes.

Most likely to bump into

Sheep.

Who to take with you

The members of your crew who are up for anything. There are loads of activities to get involved with – no room for sideline spectators here.

Don’t miss

If you like skiing, a backcountry session with a guide will blow you away. Adventure junkie? Go heli-skiing. Finish both with chic après-ski drinks, of course. Speaking of which, the area is known for its Pinot Noir so grab your pals, pack a picnic and a bottle (or three) and wile away the afternoon under a shady tree overlooking the vineyards.

An essential you need to bring with you?

Hiking boots and a bikini. We recommend wearing them together.

How to get there

Fly into Queenstown International Airport from several cities in New Zealand and Australia such as Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne on major airlines including Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Destination Inspiration

Kyoto, Japan

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