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Queenstown might be the capital city for adrenaline junkies. But truly, Queenstown is a strikingly beautiful city with some of the most welcoming people in the world. For visitors who need a relaxing trip or normally prefer to get their rush from world-renowned wine or learning about a region’s cultural heritage, here’s the shortlist of how to get the most out of this Kiwi city.

Tour a winery

Each of the six sub-regions without the Central Otago wine region produces world-class wines. Within 40 minutes from the city centre there are over 200 wineries. Stop in for a quick tasting at their cellar doors to learn why this region’s soil and climate make their grapes so special, or make a day of it at with a vineyard tour and exceptional meal at their restaurants.

People enjoying wine outdoors

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Learn Queenstown’s history

Between the museums and the heritage walks, visitors can choose their level of immersion when learning about Queenstown rich cultural heritage. Old homesteads and gold mining villages provide the chance to go back in time to see what it was like for early settlers to live there. Cultural shows around Queenstown show the history of Maori living in Queenstown; take the opportunity to learn their mythology and honour their culture.

Visit a farm

A quick drive down a country New Zealand road will undoubtedly lead you to pastures full of cattle and sheep. But for real animal lovers, actually visiting a farm here is quite a treat, and it’s also one of the best ways to explore the highlands of the South Island. Feed the animals, watch a shearing and learn how this industry makes an impact on the Kiwi industry.

View spectacular scenery

In Queenstown, there are a number of ways to take in the powerful vistas of the surrounding natural landscape. A gondola can carry visitors high above the city, maximising the chance to get a 360-degree view of the Remarkable mountains and Lake Wakatipu. For a speedier ride, jump on a scenic flight to soar into the sky and look down below at the incredible view. Or take a cruise right across Lake Wakatipu and feel connected to the view at ground level.

Couple enjoying Queenstown scenery

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