This town should be on everyone's bucket list, even if you want to stay indoors and just get a spa treatment at the Sofitel or taste wine at Amistead Winery. And if you thrive on adventure, Queenstown is the place for bungy jumping, tandem skydiving, white water rafting, jetboating as well as...more
It's about a 45 minute drive from Queenstown to the kayak launch site on Lake Wakatipu, but the scenery if fabulous. Sam de Reeper is the owner/operator of Rippled Earth, a very eco-focused biz.Terry Gardner - Gogobot
I specifically chose to go kayaking with Sam and Rippled Earth because of their eco-friendly Qualmark rating and stated focus on minimizing Rippled Earth's environmental impact. Sam is a great tour guide, and he provides first class equipment.
These guys are crazy. Since I had bungy jumped forward, they thought I should go off the Canyon Swing backward. Unlike bungy, where they tie your ankles, in the Canyon Swing, you're in a climbing type harness to keep you safe. Whereas the AJ Hackett folks tell you how safe bungy jumping is as they...more
This place was just a kick. You don cold weather gear and then literally step into their freezer for drinks. Drinking a frosty beverage surrounded by ice makes you feel a bit like you are inside the drink. It was cold, however, so I don't think my group lasted more than half an hour or so....more
I can't believe I don't have a photo of my Fergberger. I've eaten there at least twice. I guess I've been too busy chowing down to bother with a photo. You will want to get some exercise before or after because it is a big burger, very filling, but oh, so good....more
Doubtful Sound makes Milford Sound seem pretty small. I chose this overnight journey in the fjordland because Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland Nat'l Park.Terry Gardner - Gogobot
I've experienced three trips with Real Journeys: an overnight trip in Doubtful Sound, an afternoon cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw including a wine tasting at the Walter Peak Farm and its Stewart Island Tours.
Hank Sproul is a wonderful pilot, and his flight-see of Milford Sound is fantastic. I did the Fly/Cruise/Fly option where you fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound, then take a cruise through Milford Sound on a smaller vessel than Real Journeys uses, and a flight back. Flying over the glaciers is...more
I didn't know I was an adrenaline junky until I experienced bungy jumping with AJ Hackett at the original Kawarau Bridge location. I loved it so much that I also jumped off The Ledge. But Nevis Arc seemed a bit too high to me.
If only I could afford my taste. The Sofitel is heavenly. I spent one night there at the end of a press trip, but I loved it. The accommodations were so spectacular that I came back for a hot stone massage after I moved to a less expensive lodging. The Spa is first rate too....more
Creeksyde offers both camper van hookups and backpacker accommodations. I chose it in 2008 because it was inexpensive and a top spot in New Zealand for anyone trying to travel with a lower carbon footprint. They emphasize recycling and try to reduce their impact on the environment. The...more