Renowned the world over as an air adventure Mecca the stunning landscapes of Queenstown are an adrenalin junkie’s dream come true. Laden with lush forests, cascading canyons and diverse topographical features it is as if this magnificent region of New Zealand was specifically created with air sports in mind. Offering a wide range of activities for novice air sports enthusiasts as well as experienced air adventure fanatics Queenstown is a one stop holiday destination specially designed for those without a fear of great heights.
Tandem hand gliding is a veritable treat in Queenstown which affords gliders the unique opportunity of setting off from towering Coronet Peak. Tandem paragliding is also available on the Coronet Peak ski field which has seen thousands of paragliding enthusiasts engage in the gravity defying activity. Those who are fortunate enough to visit Queenstown in winter can hop on board a chairlift to get to the snow covered Coronet Peak and glide from an altitude of 5400 feet while summer visitors will use a launch pad only 3800 feet in height. Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola is another poplar paragliding venue which lets visitors fly over the magnificent landscapes over Lake Wakatipu.
Tandem skydiving activities are also all the rage in the area offering skydivers the opportunity to jump off at altitudes of 12000-15000 feet in a 45 second descent to the ground at speeds of up to 200 kilometres an hour. Ideal for novices who wish to take the plunge skydiving gear and clothing are all provided by the adventure sports companies in Queensland which also record one’s excursion among the clouds on DVD and provide photographic mementoes of the freefall.
Canyon swinging is another popular activity in Queenstown which specializes in shotover canyon jumps that allow visitors to travel the 200 metre distance between canyons at 150 kilometres an hour. There are 10 varieties of jump and release methods to choose from in canyon swings that range from mildly exciting to exhilarating experiences. Tandem swings are also available while bungee jumping enthusiasts will find more than a few locales to jump off of when in Queensland.
Hot air balloon rides are also available in the city which take guests on a visual and sensory tour of the environs with champagne and snacks waiting at the landing sites.
Travellers in search of the best luxury accommodation Queenstown New Zealand has to offer should look no further than the Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview. Beautifully appointed with stunning views over Lake Wakatipu the guestrooms at the venue are some of the finest Queenstown hotel accommodation has on offer.