From what we could discern from the New Zealand Lonely Planet guide, Queenstown is the place to go to if you want to bungee, skydive, zip slide, canyon swing, or partake in any other form of extreme sport. Downtown Queenstown certainly seemed to support this conclusion too, with shops and retail outlets all geared up to sell you anything you needed to help you fulfil your adrenaline rush.
Luckily for us, there were plenty of other, more gentle, activities that we could partake of.
I think the highlight of our first day in Queenstown was an evening star gazing tour on top of the amazing Queenstown Skyline. Being set so high up above Queenstown it really cut down on the light pollution and gave us an amazing view of the night sky. Whilst it might not seem like a big deal, being able to see the Southern Hemisphere night sky from the naked eye was pretty amazing. Even better was being able to see the likes of Saturn (and it’s rings), Alpha Centari, and the craters on our moon, via a pair of very high powered telescopes.
Sadly, I didn’t get any photographs. The tour group we were in was just too big, and there wasn’t really any opportunity to photograph anything of any significance due to the partial full moon that evening. That being said, it was still a terrific experience, and one we may repeat when we get to Rotorua.