If there’s one thing we can say with any certainty it’s that Queenstown knows how to party. Maybe it’s the fact the adrenaline activities put everyone in a really good mood—having cheated death for one more day to experience this fantastic night. Or maybe it’s the fact that Queenstown is laced withe a revolving populace of travelers—young people traveling, high on adventure, who are here to have a good time. Either way, the nightlife in Queenstown is some of the best you’ll on New Zealand’s South Island, particularly in the months of December-March, and again from June-September.
One of the quickest ways two people can bond is by scaring themselves together, and there’s no better place than Queenstown, New Zealand, for sourcing some shared adrenaline. Sure, the resort town also has “traditional” romantic opportunities from fine dining to roses, but what brings two people closer together than surviving a jump from a plane or standing soaking wet on a riverbank after bouncing down frothing rapids? To be fair, not all of romantic activities in Queenstown are based on out outdoor adventures — but there’s certainly the option to get creative for a date you’ll never forget.
Because of its location in the Southern Hemisphere just 3,000 miles from the Equator, Christchurch during Christmas is a time of warmth, beaches and outdoor activities. Days around Christmas are brilliantly long, and the sun doesn’t set on Christmas Eve until well after 9 p.m.
When it comes to adventure activities on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown always gets all the attention as the adrenaline capital of the world. While there’s no denying the thrills and spills a visit to Queenstown can offer, it isn’t the only place on the island you can seek out fast-paced adventure. From Christchurch, nearly every activity you’d find in Queenstown is available in a two-hour radius—with some adventures taking place within the city limits. So, for an idea of the different heart-pumping adventures you can find in the capital of Canterbury, here’s a rundown of where you’ll find the best adventure activities near Christchurch.
Queenstown is fantastic to visit during any time of year. But as is the case with ski towns, spring is a type of shoulder, or “mud” season, considered by many as less attractive. Granted, the snow conditions may be less than ideal — and many resorts start to close — but there are numerous other things to do when visiting Queenstown in spring.
Christchurch has healthy competition when it comes to views. After all, the South Island is considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth. But even in the city it’s possible to find sweeping views of the Southern Alps and shoreline, and oftentimes finding the best views of Christchurch only requires a short drive.