If you know anything at all about New Zealand, chances are you’ve heard of Queenstown. Surrounded by beautiful alpine peaks perfect for skiing in the winter, beach access onto the sparkly Lake Wakatipu, and with more high-adrenalin activities than one person can physically handle, there is truly no shortage of things to do here. And no shortage of people here to do them (yes, there are a lot of tourists).

Even though Cal and I both really dislike crowds of tourists, we both immediately decide we’ll be coming back. It’s just that awesome here. Note: Cal is reading this over my shoulder and would like the record to show that Queenstown is not just the adventure capital of NZ, but the adventure capital of the world.

During our time in Queenstown, camping in a fabulous grass patch not at all far from town, we try to tick as many items off our Queenstown bucket list as possible. And I must say, we do pretty well!

Lake Wakatipu

We spend an afternoon lounging on the rocky shore of Lake Wakatipu, but the real highlight is when we rent a giant aquatrike and pedal our way around the lake, subtly racing other families and quietly taunting children under our breath.

 

The Nevis Swing

Of course we have to partake in some of the adrenaline activities while we’re in Queenstown, so all four of us sign up for a go on the World’s Largest Swing! Cal and I go together first and I have a million small heart attacks, as I’m sure my dad does as well when he goes with Eileen next. I would definitely do this again, it was that fun.

Bungy jumping

I still can’t really believe I did it.. Cal and I jumped tandem at Kawarau Bridge, the world’s first bungy site, over NZ’s signature Cool Blue Gatorade water. It’s incredibly fun, but, more importantly, it’s bragging rights for life. You can’t come to Queenstown without bungy jumping!

Fergburger

This is widely regarded as the best burger in all of NZ, and there’s a line wrapping around the block to prove it. Obviously we have to try, especially since Cal and I consider ourselves to be professional burger critics, and I must say that I’m really impressed. I don’t know if I’m ready to say “best burger EVER”, but I will say “best burger I’ve had in a while”!

Skyline Queenstown

For sweeping views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, we take the gondola up to Skyline Queenstown. Cal and I really want to go paragliding off the top, but funds are suffering a bit from the bungy jump and the swing we did yesterday, so we settle instead for all going luge racing on the track they’ve installed on the hillside. It’s actually super fun and crazy fast, it’s a miracle I don’t crash and hurt myself. 10/10 would recommend, be a kid for a few hours!

Read more about our travels through NZ:

GREETINGS FROM NEW ZEALAND’S LAKE TEKAPO

MUELLER HUT: THE MOST STUNNING SPOT IN NEW ZEALAND

THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWING, NEVIS SWING IN QUEENSTOWN

BUNGY JUMPING OFF THE WORLD’S FIRST BUNGY SITE IN QUEENSTOWN

BACK AT IT ON THE ROUTEBURN TRACK

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OKARITO, NZ (POPULATION 35)

SURVIVING AVALANCHE PEAK

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR ON NEW ZEALAND’S NORTH ISLAND

KAYAKING THE ABEL TASMAN TRACK

KAIKOURA & OHAU POINT SEAL COLONY

PHOTO JOURNAL: HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROADTRIPPING NZ