Queenstown hosts an outstanding collection of adrenaline inducing activities and spectacular scenery. From jumping from tall bridges or quiet fishing, this is New Zealand's number one adventure destination. Lake and river join towering mountain ranges to make Queenstown as popular in the winter as it is in the summer.
At the heart of the action are cafes, the entire spectrum of accommodation, boutique shopping, restaurants and the visitor services expected in a small town with a big reputation.
Franz Josef Glacier
The South Island's most renowned explorer and geologist, Julius von Haast, named Franz Josef Glacier after the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Josef Glacier is a remnant of a much older, larger glacier which flowed from the alpine snowfields right to the sea. The glacier is over 7.5 miles long extending into the rainforest just 3 miles from the Franz Josef township, making it easy to visit. Walk to viewpoints and the terminal face or, for a close-up view of the spectacular ice formations, take a guided glacier walk, helihike or scenic flight.
View the beautiful Lake Moeraki via a fleet of canoes which offer you a unique perspective of the lake and the Moeraki River – or brave the Moeraki rapids for the more adventurous traveler!
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Arthur's Pass National Park
Arthur's Pass National Park is located on New Zealand's south island in the heart of the Southern Alps on the untamed west coast. It is the highest pass over the Southern Alps, used by Maori hunting parties as a hunting route long before it was officially discovered by Arthur Dobson in 1864. Enjoy viewing rare birds and wildlife, take guided nature adventures along the seacoasts and through ancient rainforests, or enjoy the views via TranzAlpine Train. Walks, skiing and mountaineering are popular activities in Arthur's Pass, and there are routes for all abilities.