Queenstown, New Zealand is commonly listed as one of the adventure capitals of the world. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath the Remarkable Mountains (yes, that’s really the name of the mountain range), this small town is packed with things to do for your next holiday.

Bungy Jumping

Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping, so a trip there would be incomplete without paying homage the adrenaline packed sport. Bungy jumping put Queenstown on the map, transforming it from a sleepy town into its current-day buzzing self. There are now plenty of options for bungy jumping while you’re there, including the Nevis Bungy, the highest jump in the southern hemisphere, or Kawarau bridge, the very same place AJ Hackett created the very first commercial bungy jump in 1988.

Canyon Swinging

You could consider this bungy jumping’s little brother. It’s a great alternative to bungy jumping for those looking for a little less thrills because your whole body is strapped into a harness, making it feel safer. There is also more variety in canyon swinging  as you could choose between 10 different ways to swing through a canyon from a 109 meter platform.

Skydiving

What better way to take in New Zealand’s gorgeous scenery than flying above it in a plane, and then eventually jumping out of that plane? As you plummet down to earth from 12,000-15,000 feet, you’ll experience the full adrenaline of free falling through through the sky as well as taking in the snowy peaks, rolling hills, and deep blue lakes and rivers below you.

Paragliding

Picture yourself comfortably seated, breeze in your face, while you and your pilot soar over the majestic mountains with a parachute strapped to your back. Paragliding is a wonderful mix of adrenaline and serenity. It’s essentially skydiving but without the jumping out of a plane and free falling part. Like bungy jumping, paragliding, originated in New Zealand.

Heliskiing

If skiing or snowboarding wasn’t an adrenaline rush enough, how about jumping out of a helicopter with your skis strapped on at the highest point of the mountain and flying down the untouched powder that resorts can’t give to you.

Jet Boating

Jet boating involves flying through canyons and gorges in an incredibly fast, extremely powerful, and highly maneuverable boat that only requires 4 inches of water to skim over. The most thrilling ride is through the dramatic Shotover Canyon where you’ll skim across the river inches away from the cliff faces. There’s also Skippers Canyon which gets you a bit more bang for your buck and into some incredible backcountry.

Whitewater Rafting

The Shotover River is also a great place for rafting through icy blue glacial waters and past steep canyon walls. For a less intense experience, you can also raft the Kawarau River which is much more tame.

Ride the Skyline Gondola

Take the gondola up the mountain and have a go on the luge track or just check out the view over Queenstown and the surrounding mountains. The gondola also allows mountain bikers to bring their bikes up the hill and race down the trails below.

No matter kind of sport you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in Queenstown. Besides all the action sports, Queenstown is a beautiful place that looks plucked right from a storybook. You can’t go wrong making this your next holiday.