Honestly, I don’t know if it’s the muggy heat here in Auckland or the unstoppable rain but I have been feeling so lazy lately. So, lazy in fact, that the prospect of traveling to Queenstown didn’t really excite me as much as it should have.
Queenstown, or as some call it “the adrenaline capital of the world” or “extreme sport capital of the world” is a city in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s called the adrenaline capital because of all the adrenaline surging activities they have here, in fact, I do believe this is where bungy jumping was first created. They have everything I’m too scared to try, bungy jumping, swings, sky-diving, paragliding, high-speed jet boats, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and so much more.
It is also a party town which means bars, restaurants and stores don’t close until late, which surprised me because everything in the rest of NZ closes around 5pm but here in Queenstown its all open almost 24-hours. Adventures during the day, and then party all night.
It’s such a combination of all this craziness of activities and noisy tourists and yet it has so much nature and peacefulness once you step out of the main city, which honestly this “main city” is a really tiny place of maybe 4 or 5 main streets where everything is going on. Once you step out of the city buzz you get true peace and quiet by walking around the Lake Wakatipu, and The Remarkables.
What are The Remarkables you ask?
They are these majestic mountain ranges that are like nothing I have ever seen! Even as I flew in and peeked through the airplane’s window I could see all these huge mountains as far as the eye could see. They are the most perfectly shaped, mysterious, sharpest mountains that I have ever seen. They are quite remarkable…
That is Queenstown.
Queenstown is also a place where backpackers, adrenaline-junkies, tourists and even kiwi’s come for vacation and to have fun. Oh, Queenstown must be rich from all the tourism!
However, because it is such a small place crowded with so many people, there is a serious housing, and accommodation shortage. To book a hostel or any cheap accommodation you have to do it months ahead, it is definitely not a place you stop by on an impulse and expect to find cheap accommodation. If you want to move here, I hear that you have to know someone to stay with while you search for a place, and rent prices can be extremely high.
Even though there are a lot, and I mean a lot! Of tours and activities to do here in Queenstown it can be quite pricey and the most popular activities such as Milford sound tours or Lord of the ring location horse riding tours can book up well in advance. I was lucky to get the last spot on the horse riding tour but because of it rain the morning I was meant to go, my tour got cancelled and there was nothing else available for 3 more weeks so I could not reschedule. Sad.
At the end, I was satisfied with my trip there and I got to finally visit Milford Sound which I’ve been wanting to see for years, but other than that I think that as amazing as it is Queenstown is not the kind of place I would like to live or even stay for a prolonged period of time. For me one visit was more than enough. I don’t know, I guess it’s because it’s just such a vibrant, extreme-sport, party-all-night kind of city I felt a little out of place. And honestly, I only enjoyed the first few days because I had gone with a friend, if I had gone alone like I usually do on my travels I think I wouldn’t have survived the loneliness. Queenstown is kind of lonely if you are alone, at least for an introverted soul like me.
But, to avoid finishing on a depressing note (sorry about that) I am so glad I went to Queenstown because I checked off a few items on my bucket list. One of them is Milford sound and the other I don’t know if I can say in here. LOL
Hasta la vista and see you next Thursday!