Located in the South Island, Queenstown is a resort town with an urban population of just over 15 thousand people. The area is largely a tourist destination with some amazing attractions such as skiing and other adventure-filled activities. Since 2012 the city boasts at least 220 different tourist activities just in Queenstown alone so even if you’re travelling solo through the city, there is no doubt there is always a bunch of amazing things to do. And don’t fret! even if you’re not into the adventure tourism-style of experiencing a city, there are still lots of low key activities that are perfect for a solo tourist. Here are some of the best things to do alone in Queenstown, New Zealand.
1. Go bungy jumping
Bungy jumping is not for the faint of heart but if you are an adrenaline junkie, then this solo activity might be the thing for you. Bungy jumping involves being attached to a cord and then jumping off a very high platform. AJ Hackett teaches people the basics of a good jump, then lets you have your turn at jumping great heights. This company has been operating for over 30 years so you know you’re in good hands.
Address: Shotover &, Camp St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Website: AJ Hackette Bungy
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm
Price: 205 USD
2. Enjoy a hike to Queenstown Hill
Calling Queenstown Hill a “hill” is a bit of an understatement. Queenstown Hill is an amazing trek if you can get to the top. The hill itself is a place of immense sacredness for the Maori people of New Zealand and if you can make it up the 2,976-foot (852-meter) mountain you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and city so make sure to pack a camera. Along the walk there are also many plaques noting the history of the region, so you get a workout and a history lesson!
Hike to Queenstown Hill
Address: Otago, New Zealand
Website: Hike to Queenstown Hill
What’s the best way to get a view of a city? A bird’s eye view of course! Soar above the city like the superhero you always wished you were. Seeing as Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand there are a few options for paragliding around the city. An expert paraglider will hook you up and guide you through your bird’s eye view of Queenstown giving you all the safety tips and instructions before the two of you head off into the sky.
Address: Cardrona Shop in Queenstown: 37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand.
Duration: 2 Hours
Price: 150 USD
4. Have a round of disc golf at Queenstown Gardens
Queenstown Gardens is not only a lovely place to stay and hang out in during the day but its also home of the first permanently marked disc golf course in New Zealand. The sport has grown over the years and is now popular enough that the Queenstown Disc Golf Course Club was established, even holding tournaments annually. On the first Sunday of every month, there’s a tournament where beginners and experts are encouraged to come play.
Disc Golf at Queenstown Gardens
Address: Unnamed Road, 9300, New Zealand
Website: Disc Golf at Queenstown Gardens
Opening hours: 6am - 12am
5. Do some cheap shopping at The Remarkables Park
What’s better than a little retail therapy? The Remarkables Parks is located adjacent to the Queenstown Airport and is a great place for those solo travelers out there looking to get some cheap shopping done. The area is home to a lot of commercial stores–both local merchants as well as an international selection of brands. Admire the mountains in the back while you pick out a new outfit.
The Remarkables Park
Address: Remarkables Park Town Centre, Hawthorne Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Website: The Remarkables Park
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm
6. Take a stroll along Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s longest lake and its third largest by size. The lake is also very deep–so deep, in fact, its floors go below sea level. The area around the lake is known for its scenic beauty. Make sure to pack a camera, some food, and some walking shoes if you’re really looking to take in the beauty and the natural surroundings of the area. Lake Wakatipu was also featured in The Lord Of The Rings movie.
Stroll Along Lake Wakatipu
Address: Queenstown-Lakes District, Otago Region, South Island
Website: Lake Wakatipu
Get your blood pumping while you ride on the biggest swing in the world. The Nevis Swing is suspended on a high platform above the Nevis river and if you’re not too scared to look down, you’ll get some amazing views. Swoop through the air at a high speed. This be done with a friend or on your own.
New Zealand's Biggest Swing: Nevis Swing Queenstown
Duration: 4 hours
Are giant swings not good enough for your? Well, how about jumping from out of an aeroplane? Guests can jump from 9,000 ft (2,743.2 m), 12,000 ft (3,657.6 m), or 15,000 ft (4,572 ft). After being briefed by your guide, you’ll be suited up in your gear then you hop onto a plane where you’ll prepare for your jump. Take in the incredible views of the Queenstown mountain range and Lake Wakatipu as you make your descent.
NZONE Skydive - 9000ft
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Although not as intense as skydiving, this activity sees you going down a mountain, offering some amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the amazing mountain range outside the city. You’ll start at the top of Bob’s Peak on the gondola ride and then once at the top, you’ll get in your little luge and zip down the hill.
Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Luge Adventure Combo
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Seek out thrills on your own in Queenstown
Even if you’re traveling solo, there’s still lots of adventure and thrills to be had in Queenstown. It seems like every corner is filled with amazing scenery that you can admire while enjoying activities, from hiking Queenstown’s many trails to flying past them at break-neck speed.
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