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A Day Of Boats, Luges And All-Around Adventure In Queenstown, New Zealand

Touted as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown has just about every extreme activity you could imagine. Here's how we spent the day.

You could easily spend weeks in Queenstown alone, just experiencing all that this magical town as to offer. We opted for a more relaxed take of the adventure the city is known for, taking a ride up the mountain in a gondola and down in a luge with Skyline Queenstown, visiting the Mt. Nicholas Sheep Farm, and enjoying a scenic afternoon cruise with Southern Discoveries.

Gondola and Luge Rides

Open from 9am – 9pm year round, the gondola at Skyline Queenstown carries you 1,500 feet above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak, where the breathtaking view overlooks the turquoise waters below. Once at the top, you can enjoy a meal or cup of coffee while soaking in the epic views, or like us, opt for a few luge rides. There are two courses available depending on how much speed you are seeking, making it the perfect activity if there are young ones along with you.

Mt. Nicholas Sheep Farm

After lunch by the water, we walked over to the main dock in the center of the town to hop on the Spirit of Queenstown, a boat that would take us to Mt. Nicholas Farm. We got a glass of wine at the boat bar, pulled up a couple of bean bag chairs, and set up shop right on the front of the boat.

Scenic River Boat Cruise

After a lovely 40-monute boat ride, we spent the afternoon at a farm home to 29,000 merino sheep and set on 100,000 acres of breathtaking terrain. Mt. Nicholas is a family-run farm that produces the highest quality wool for world-renowned clothing company Icebreaker. We watched the dogs herd the sheep and the shepherd shear the sheep, before taking a bus ride up into the mountains for a photo. It may sound simple, but it was one of the highlights of our entire time in New Zealand.

Have you been to Queenstown? What are your favorite activities there? Let us know in the comments below!

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