• BILLABONG TRAVELS: QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

Let’s just go somewhere…

Pack your bags, grab your board, hiking boots and passport as we explore the South Island of New Zealand. Our base is Queenstown where the dramatic Southern Alps meet the rich deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. We get an insiders’ tour of Arrowtown, Queenstown and Jacks Point. We explore rustic country estates, back streets and scenic roads that hug the steep mountainside and offer epic views over unimaginable beauty.

Yearning for the coast we road trip down to Riverton – the southern most surf town of New Zealand. Driving through snow covered farmland we reach the wild and rugged coastline to see the clouds part for a beautiful sunrise. We tour around to Colac Bay and on to Orepuki, a quaint fishing village where we can see the snow covered mountains across the rapid rumbling waters of the bay. We make it back to Queenstown by nightfall and settle in by the open fire with an incredible dinner and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of The Sherwood.

Over the next few days Helen and a few of us explore Treble Cone and the spectacular Southern Alps with a heli trip. The stunning vista is mind blowing – we watch in awe as Helen rides through the pristine powder making fresh lines like an artist taking a brush to a clean canvas. Her love of life, graceful athleticism and positive spirit igniting the adventurer in all of us.


Highlights:
Queenstown is NZ’s favourite playground, and with world-class snowfields at it’s doorstep including Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, and the Remarkables,
its no surprise!

  • Nevis Bungy - New Zealand’s highest bungy jump
  • Take the scenic drive along Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wanaka.
  • Heli Snowboarding with Helen Schettini!
  • Keep the adrenalin racing with sky diving, white water rafting or zip-line riding.
  • Skyline gondola! Take a gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak for a spectacular view of Queenstown and watch the sunset over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
  • Picnic by Lake Wakatipu Grab some take out, a picnic blanket and sit along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Take in the stillness and calm beauty of and watch the sunset over the rocketing mountains - a memory we’ll never forget.






    Stay:
  • Queenstown is blessed with a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re after a vibrant backpacker hostel or luxury accommodation. Our pick was The Sherwood, an experiment in modern living, where clean organic eating and sustainability meet live folk music, yoga and the finest local wines and boutique brews. Set on three acres of alpine hillside, overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables range, about 3.5 kilometres out of Queenstown.


    Eat:
    • Anything on the menu at The Sherwood! ingredients are foraged from the kitchen garden and the chefs collaborate with local farms and independent growers to find the finest sustainable produce the region has to offer.
    • Don’t leave town without dining at the famous Fergburger - the best burgers in the country!

    When to go:
    Queenstown's four distinctive seasons feature long summer twilights (December-March) and brilliant autumn colours (April-May), some of the world's best skiing and snowboarding conditions in winter and early spring (June-September).

    Winter - A magical season of snow capped mountains and clear blue skies. Temperatures seldom reach higher than 7° C and often fall below zero. The snowfields open from early June, and a good season generally runs well into October.

    Summer - Clear waters, fresh air and breathtaking scenery and the list of activities means there’s plenty to do over the summer season. Daytime temperatures hover between 20 - 30°C, summer days are long - midsummer dawn is as early as 5am while dusk settles around 10pm.

    Autumn - A relaxed time with a backdrop of brilliant reds and golds of the autumn leaf fall. Warm days and balmy evenings. Come sunset and you’ll relish fireside evenings.Temperatures fluctuate between several degrees below zero and 25° and the leaves normally begin to turn in late March or early April.

    Spring - Fresh clean air, warm daytime temperatures, cool evenings and a time when the skiing is often at its best. Weather is unpredictable, sublime one moment, spring showers the next. Temperatures span 8°Celsius to 22° and the high alpine tracks are just open.



    Pack:

  • A good cosy knit
  • Your fave jeans
  • A jacket for layering
  • Tops and fleece for more layers!
  • Extras to keep warm - a hat, beanie and/or scarf
  • Camera (with extra batteries, they can die quicker in colder climates)
  • Hiking boots or comfy shoes
  • A bikini – yep, for the hot springs!
  • Lip balm & moisturiser – the mountain areas can dehydrate your skin
  • Sunscreen, don't be fooled by the cooler climate!


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