Queenstown for adrenaline junkies

Mar 08,2016

There is only one way to see Queenstown – and it's from high above the city with adrenaline coursing through your veins.

A visit to the home of adventure tourism wouldn't be complete without soaring through the sky on the world’s largest swing, hurtling towards the ground on a bungee, ziptrekking through the treetops or free-falling at 200kph. Located in the heart of the city, the Millennium Hotel Queenstown is the perfect base for our must-do Queenstown experiences for adrenaline junkies.

Take a Flying Leap in the Home of Bungee Jumping

Credit: AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

The extreme sport of jumping off really, really tall stuff was made popular by New Zealander AJ Hackett and there is no better place to experience the thrill than in Queenstown. Not for the faint of heart, The Nevis Bungy is said to be the highest jump in New Zealand, offering 8.5 seconds of free fall from an epic 134m. Buses to the jump site are provided and leave from the centre of the city, just a short walk from the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. Visitors should allow four hours for the round trip so if you only have a short time in Queenstown or would like to ease into the bungee experience, The Ledge Bungy is a great option that is a bit closer to home. Located at the top of the Skyline Gondola, The Ledge is the only night bungee site in New Zealand, is a 47m drop that offers breathtaking views across the city. Both activities have a minimum age requirement of 13 and 10 years old respectively. Anyone under the age of 14 must also obtain signed parental consent.

Zip through the Treetops

Credit: Ziptrek Ecotours

Fly through the forest canopy, taking in the pristine lakes and mountain ranges in a thrilling zipline adventure. Ziptrek Ecotours offers a totally unique way to see Queenstown, while also providing a great insight into the natural environment and sustainability. Suitable for every age (six years old and up) and ability, visitors can choose from two tour options. The Moa tour consists of four ziplines and is designed to start slow and gradually get faster and higher as you gain confidence. The Kea tour is longer and faster, finishing with a zipline ride that descends 30 storeys at speeds of up to 70kph. Ziptrek Ecotours is located on the top of Bob’s Peak, close to your hotel in the centre of the city. Ride the gondola up the hill or walk the Tiki Trail to take it all in from the ground level first.

A Big Step up from the Playground Swing

Credit: AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

The Nevis Swing in Queenstown is the largest swing in the world – a heart-stopping experience that will see you whizzing across the canyon at 120kph. Hold on tight as you drop from 160m, swinging out towards the other side of the valley in an epic 300m arc before swooping back up towards the oncoming cliff face. Visitors can brave it alone or take a friend for a tandem swing. You can go backward, forward or upside down if you want to get really adventurous. This is a four-hour round trip from Queenstown, with transport provided by AJ Hackett Bungy, the same people who operate The Nevis Bungy.

Experience the Feeling of Free-falling

Credit: NZONE Skydive Queenstown

For true thrill-seekers or those that want to test the limits of their comfort zone, skydiving in Queenstown is an unmissable experience. Take a 15-minute scenic flight over Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Remarkables mountain range before jumping off the plane from 9,000ft, 12,000ft or 15,000 ft (2740m, 3660m or 4570m). After an exhilarating free fall of up to a minute, you can take in the view at a more leisurely pace as you parachute back to the ground. There is no age restriction but anyone under the age of 18 must have signed parental consent. NZONE Skydive offers a three-and-a-half hour trip that includes transport to and from the drop zone. Jumpers will be picked up from the NZONE Skydive Centre in central Queenstown, a handy 10-minute walk from your hotel.

AJ Hackett Bungy, NZONE Skydive and Ziptrek Ecotours all have an exceptional safety record so you can feel confident you are in good hands. Just hold on tight and enjoy your Queenstown adventure.


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