New Zealand: A South Pacific Paradise

Use this travel guide to Wellington and Queenstown to plan your New Zealand vacation

By Stephanie Stephens
View photos of The Lighthouse Thorndon House: Another boutique bed-and-breakfast, Thorndon House is, not surprisingly, located in Wellington’s historic suburb of Thorndon. It is walking distance to many of the city’s main attractions.Check out the rooms available at Thorndon House The Wellesley Club and Boutique Hotel: This luxury hotel has been magnificently restored and is an elegant choice for a stay in Wellington.View specials at the Wellesley Club and Boutique Hotel QueenstownWhat to DoIn Queenstown, this takes on a whole new meaning…. We list these in descending order of thrills.Bungee Jumping: From the original site at Kawarau Bridge, or the Nevis High Wire (down 440 feet), or The Ledge Urban Bungee high over Queenstown. Or if you don’t want to jump, thrill vicariously from behind the scenes and screams at The Secrets of Bungy Tour. Read more about bungee jumping in Queenstown Fly By Wire: Designated "the fastest adventure ride in the world," this ride in a purpose-built plane connected to an overhead suspension point is for real speed lovers and control freaks.Learn more about this unique and exhilarating experience Shotover Jet: This heart-pounding jetboating on the Shotover River is for adrenaline junkies only.Check out the "Thrill Therapy" you’ll receive on this ride NZONE: "Embrace the fear" with this tandem skydiving company.View photos of tandem skydives and book reservations Queenstown Tandem Paragliding: Take off adjacent to the popular Skyline Gondola and soar 2,000 feet above the ground. Book a paragliding flight The Rungway: Climb like a pro on majestic Queenstown Hill, using permanently fixed rungs, pegs, rails, ladders, and cables.Learn more about the military history behind the Rungway Mad Dog River Boarding: For a wet and personally challenging experience, ride the river rapids on a body board.Learn about river boarding trip details Day Hike on Milford or Routeburn Tracks: Take a guided walk on one of these two trails, part of New Zealand’s revered network of "Great Walks."Learn more about guided walks Appellation Central Wine Tours: New Zealand has 500 wineries. Try outstanding Pinot Noir here in the Central Otago wine region.Learn more about New Zealand wine tours Where to ShopClothing: Designer duds and active outerwear are yours for trying on. Don’t miss Angel Divine, Goddess, Untouched World, and R&R Sport. Shop Detour for jeans.Wine Tastes: Taste more than 100 different wines, all price ranges, using a state-of-the-art Enomatic system. Customs allows you six bottles coming home.Learn more about wine tasting at their Central Otago store Where to EatAmisfield Wine and Bistro: "Fresh, simple, local food to share with family and friends." Wine tasting is available too.Take a peek at the Amisfield Bistro menu Saffron: Award-winning cuisine in nearby Arrowtown, made with fresh South Island ingredients, is sure to please even the most distinguishing of diners.Take a peek at Saffron’s menu The Cow: A local institution, The Cow has been serving the same menu since 1976, with pizza and spaghetti, soup, and homemade bread. (03 442 8588)Inspire at The Spire hotel: Sample fine dining in this all new restaurant under the guidance of New Zealand chef Rex Morgan.

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