Queen­stown ... a thrillseek­ers par­adise

‘‘And while we are on the sub­ject of thrill seek­ing what about a jet boat ride, raft­ing the rapids, river surf­ing, canyon­ing, kayak­ing or hang glid­ing to name a few.’’

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Re­garded as the ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of New Zealand, Queen­stown has plenty to of­fer the hol­i­day­maker and it need cost you and arm and a leg as is the com­mon per­cep­tion among many.

If you book in ad­vance in what is a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket you may bre able to do a lit­tle bungy jump­ing or sky­div­ing in a pack­age deal giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to tell your friends and pos­si­bly show them with a pho­to­graph or two - what a thrill seeker you re­ally are.

And while we are on the sub­ject of thrill seek­ing what about a jet boat ride, raft­ing the rapids, river surf­ing, canyon­ing, kayak­ing or hang glid­ing to name a few.

If you are a lit­tle re­luc­tant to go ’all out’, then you could hire a bike and take to the bik­ing tracks that criss-cross the penin­sula on ei­ther side of Lake Wak­i­tipu or al­ter­na­tively talk a friend into let­ting them lend you their mo­tor­bike or scooter and take a day trip to Glenorchy - a real trea­sure at the north western end of the lake.

If you have the fam­ily on hand it may be bet­ter to take a ride on the Earnslaw or the ’lady of the Lake’ as she is of­ten ref­ered to.

This won­der­ful steamship plies the lake at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals stop­ping off at places of in­ter­est along the way and you can dine in com­fort while tak­ing in the nat­u­ral won­ders that have made the re­gion fa­mous with thou­sands of vis­i­tors over the years.

A ride on a dou­ble-decker bus to nearby Ar­row­town is an­other op­tion well worth con­sid­er­ing.

How­ever, if you just want to shop, eat and drink then you’re def­i­nitely in the right place with nu­mer­ous cafes and bars hand­ily lo­cated in the main busi­ness area and shops sell­ing every­thing from the lat­est fash­ion de­signs to art and crafts.

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