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|2 Dec|5 mins

How to get high in Queenstown (legally)

There’s more to this city than just snow and hobbits
Lucy E Cousins
2 Dec
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Queenstown. The city of long-haired snowboarders and well-dressed après-ski drinkers. It’s like an alpine heaven! But when you tire of icy pursuits or if you visit during the warmer months, Queenstown is actually one of the best places to get an adrenaline high. Here’s our breakdown of how to raise your heart rate in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations.

Advice
|2 Dec|5 mins

How to get high in Queenstown (legally)

There’s more to this city than just snow and hobbits
Lucy E Cousins
2 Dec
Share:

Queenstown. The city of long-haired snowboarders and well-dressed après-ski drinkers. It’s like an alpine heaven! But when you tire of icy pursuits or if you visit during the warmer months, Queenstown is actually one of the best places to get an adrenaline high. Here’s our breakdown of how to raise your heart rate in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations.

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Skydiving with a view
Fear Factor: High. Really high.
Sure, skydiving anywhere will give you a buzz for days and it’s equally as scary no matter where you throw yourself out of a plane, BUT Queenstown’s views from above are absolutely stunning. The Remarkables mountain range, the ski fields, Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River… they are so stunning they’ll take your experience to the next level. nzoneskydive.co.nz

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Ziplining in the clouds
Fear Factor: Your baby sister could do it.

Imagine stepping off a 20-metre high tree house and ziplining through beautiful New Zealand forest at speed, with views over Queenstown. You can choose from four tours and even combine two, if you like. Our pick? The Twilight Tour where you end up ziplining through eerie dark forests, lit only by your head torch. ziptrek.co.nz

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Bungy Jumping on steroids
Fear Factor: New pair of undies needed.

Throwing yourself off anything generally isn’t a great idea, but when you’re in the ‘home of bungy’ it seems like an insult not to partake… Choose from three options… The most daring will choose the Nevis Bungy – a 134m bungy jump where you freefall for 8.5 seconds. It’s one of the highest in the world. bungy.co.nz

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Jet boating near waterfalls
Fear Factor: Take your Nanna.
Now you may think you know what jet boating feels like, but jet boating in Queenstown is something entirely different. Founded in 1965, these speedy little guys whip down the skinniest of rivers, turning at the very last minute so you don’t smash your face on the sheer cliff walls. It’s a heart-stopping ride, but all you have to do is sit there and get a little wet! shotoverjet.com

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Swinging over a canyon
Fear Factor: Requires a stiff drink afterwards.

If you want the highs of bungy jumping but with the memories of your childhood, a gigantic swing over a canyon is what you need. Just 15 minutes from Queenstown, Canyon swing allows you to jump off 109-metre cliff walls, dropping 60 metres, then swinging a massive 200 metres out into the canyon. The beauty is that once you make the drop, you can enjoy the fun of the swing over and over again until you slow down completely. canyonswing.co.nz

Lucy E Cousins
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