SUM­MER LOV­ING

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Queen­stown is the ul­ti­mate win­ter won­der­land, so it’s easy to over­look its year­round ap­peal. Sum­mer is prime time for al­fresco ad­ven­ture. With the sun ris­ing at 5am and set­ting around 10pm, you score way more day­light for your dol­lar. Here are some ideas to make the most of it:

GRAPE EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

Ex­plor­ing is thirsty work — for­tu­nately you’ll find around 200 vine­yards within a 40minute drive of the town cen­tre (or chauf­feur if you’re plan­ning on tast­ing the fruits of their labours). The nearby “Val­ley of Vines” Gibb­ston is par­tic­u­larly pro­fi­cient in pinot noir. Find your new favourite at the Gibb­ston Wine and Food Fes­ti­val in March.

SLED­DING IN THE SOUTH­ERN ALPS

Just “over the hill” at Cardrona, Un­der­Dog’s sled­ding tours pro­vide a pinch-me win­ter ex­pe­ri­ence in the snowy South­ern Alps, but you don’t have to miss out if you visit in the warmer months. The ex­pe­ri­enced (and adorable) team of Alaskan huskies, Siberian huskies and Alaskan mala­mutes will take you tear­ing through the trails of Cen­tral Otago in wheeled carts spe­cially de­signed for sled­ding with­out snow.

SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

While Queen­stown is a pop­u­lar base for the re­gion’s Great Walks, a num­ber of shorter strolls suit lazy sum­mer days. Try the tracks at Moke Lake (pic­tured), Bob’s Cove and Ben Lomond for eas­ily at­tain­able views. If you pre­fer pedal power, the moun­tain bike mecca of Coronet Peak will give you a work­out.

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