About Monica U
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Jan 2014
35-49 year old female
Globetrotter, foodie and lover of good festivals, digital marketing and writing. I have visited more than 80 cities around the world but have called Sydney home for the last 10 years. Previously , I lived in Cancun, Mexico and Playa del Carmen for 5 years and learnt to scuba dive. Having a partner that skies, Queenstown is one of our favourite destinations both in winter and in summer, and just a little "jump" from Sydney. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to cook a meal and share it among friends.
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing
Game & Entertainment Centres
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails
Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas
Bodies of Water
Hiking & Camping Tours
If you are looking for the ultimate adventure in New Zealand, head down to the Kawaru Bridge Bungy, where AJ Hackett and Henry Cab Asch pioneered the first commercially operated bungy in the world in 1988. The jump from the bridge is 43m high, and they have been operating it for 25 years. It is the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure!
Queenstown Hill is a short 1.5km walk from Belfast Street in Queenstown and a fantastic way to see some of the main landmarks. After climbing only 500m to the summit of the Tapu-nui, the views through the pine forest walk are exhilarating. The walk has information points that tell you about the history of Lake Wakatipu and are built to show the past, present, and future of Queenstown since the early Maori settlements.
If you want to spend a couple of hours in an oasis located just a few minutes from Queenstown, head down to Queenstown Garden. The first trees in the garden, the English oaks, were planted by the mayor of Queenstown in 1866, and since then thousands of visitors have enjoyed the magnificent botanical gardens. Stroll at your own pace or book into one of the guided tours to learn more about New Zealand's flora and fauna.
Ever wanted to participate in the exhilarating adventure of white water rafting? Queenstown has two prominent rivers with an abundance of white water (the turbulence that makes the boat go up and down). You can head down to either Kawarau or Shooting rivers depending on your level of experience. It is a lot of fun for the whole family from grades I and II to the most adventurous and challenging 3-5. Tour operators provide all the necessary equipment.
Imagine getting into a small car with 4-6 other people and being lifted 450m above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. This is one of the tourist attractions you do not want to miss! You will be rewarded with a 220-degree panorama view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables Ski Area, Walter Peak, and Cecil Peak.
Whether you are an expert bike rider or just a beginner, the Queenstown trail offers over 100km of spectacular bike trails that go through wineries, hidden ruins, some very old historic bridges, and amazing scenery and architecture. You can either join one of the organized tours or get a local map. Don't forget to stop for some cheese and wine or watch people bungy jumping at Kawarau.
This fantastic mountain range is located about 45 minutes from Queenstown, and is where I learned to ski as an adult. The place is breathtakingly beautiful and has some fun easy slopes, while more advanced skiers can try the black diamond runs. Plus, you can warm up afterwards with some of the best hot chocolate in town!
Only 50km away from Queenstown you will discover New Zealand's 4th largest lake — a day trip to Lake Wanaka is a journey of the senses. You will not only experience the magnificent scenery of the crystal clear waters surrounded by mountains; but the warmth of the people in this place will stay with you forever. Embrace your inner farm-guru and go on an ecological adventure of a sheep farm around the lake, with great views of the Southern Alps, or simply stop off at one of the strip's award-winning restaurants and cafes.
The Mt Crichton Loop Track is a good three-hour hike, although a bit steep and not for the faint hearted. You will discover some beautiful views over Lake Dispute, trek through some stunning forests, bridges, and a great waterfall before arriving at Sam Summers Hut: an old mining hut from the gold era at the end of the 19th century. Further down is a long 24m tunnel and then a chilly walk to the car park.
Galloping through the exhilarating scenery of the Ben Lomond station remains one of my most fond memories in Queenstown. The tour lasts 90 minutes and caters for all different levels of experience. You can choose different treks through a working farm, deep into the old mining country, climbing a mountain over 200m above the valley floor, and even try your luck at gold panning.