queenstown, new zealand’s adventure capital


New Zealanders are euphoric at the moment and it’s not just because they finally have three lululemon showrooms. New Zealand’s All Blacks won Rugby’s World Cup on home soil for the second time in the tournament’s history and, between games, Rugby fans from around the world have been enjoying NZ’s stunning culture and scenery. Danna and the rest of the lululemon Queenstown team share some of the treats they’ve discovered in New Zealand’s adventure capital.

adventure and adrenalin

nzone skydive

If you like to do one thing a day that scares you, do it with Nzone Skydive. Queenstown is renowned for its beautiful scenery and there's no better way to enjoy the sight of Lake Wakatipu and New Zealand's Southern Alps than jumping from a plane. No wonder people get addicted to it. A note of caution: if at first you don't succeed...skydiving's probably not for you.

skyline gondola

The trip up to the top of the Skyline Gondola is a gateway-drug to Queentown’s adrenalin-filled world of adventure. At the top you can choose from the legendary bungy jump, swing, luge, paragliding and the kiwi haka show; you can easily make a good day of it. To top off all the fun, there is a great restaurant and cafe to keep you well hydrated and fed. While you’re grabbing your snack and a breather, it’s a great time to take in the panoramic views of Queenstown Bay and the surrounding mountains.



high country horses

One of the amazing facets of New Zealand is that cosmopolitan cities, like Queenstown, are right on the doorstep of Mother Nature. A trek with High Country Horses is a great adventure for a Sunday afternoon. Your guide takes you for a trip on your horse through the rivers and countryside of Glenorchy. The views are outstanding and it’s a great way to relax and escape from all the hustle and bustle.


food and drink

vudu café

This is a fantastic café that is always busy with hungry locals.  Vudu offers deliciously fresh juices and a friendly atmosphere. We often duck in for a quick lunch or to grab a coffee. It's the perfect spot whether we're having a meeting or catching up with a friend. We love all their food  but we're especially addicted to their famous tuna melt.

johnny barrs

Johnny Barrs is the best (and only) place in town that serves dairy free smoothies. We're are huge fans of their delicious, healthy menu and amazing staff! We also just love popping in to pay our friend Cindy, a visit.

culture and history


t.s.s earnslaw

The T.S.S. Earnslaw is a living piece of Queenstown history. Launched in 1912, the iconic steamship is believed to be the only coal-fired passenger-carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. The Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu in the summer months, which are a perfectly peaceful way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery.

yoga and you

qt yoga

As summer springs to life in New Zealand (during the North American winter) QT Yoga's Kristen De Haan offers half an hour of Laughter yoga in the Park at the Queenstown Gardens on Saturday mornings. It's the perfect excuse for outdoor yoga and it guarantees a good laugh.

yoga nadi

Bending our schedules to fit in our yoga practice often seems harder than bending on our yoga mats. The lunchtime yoga with Sandi or Greg at Yoga Nadi can be a real sanity saver.

If you've been to Queenstown we'd love to hear about your adventures. If you haven't been to NZ, now's probably a good time with all those planes heading back empty after dropping Rugby fans home.

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No Fergburger or Nevus? Did you Lemons even go to Queenstown? Jeez.

Comment by Chris — October 25, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

Really enjoyed reading your blog post about Your Adventures in Beautiful- Pure New Zealand. Ben and I run Multi Sport Adventures in New Zealand and Canada. Were a kiwi/Candian Couple with a deep passion for the pure wilderness these countries hold. Pretty powerful places , once you immerse yourself out there..
Great coffee in NZ Eh?!
Were down in South Island right now, guiding some awesome trips right now, Hope you girls get to stay for a while! ? I usually go to a good Yoga class in Qtown when im around too!
Anyways , Sweet as, have fun!

Comment by Yoho Adventures- Ben and Cristina — October 26, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

Hey Chris,
Fergberger was on the original list and the team definitely paid them a visit (or three). Sadly, we haven’t got enough space to list all the amazing things about Queenstown so had to draw the line somewhere. Thanks for giving Fergberger and the Nevis Bungy a shout out.

ka kite ano,


Comment by Facebook User — October 26, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

Awwww my friend lives in Queenstown and this post made me feel a teeny bit closer to her! I’m so impressed with the sky diving and I’m a firm believer in trying things that scare you – this would be high up on there of scary things to do! When in New Zealand…… x


Comment by Basil — October 27, 2011 @ 11:27 am

Hey Chris… we LOVE Ferg and the team that runs it! As far as the Nevis?? Hmmm.. well let’s just say we are getting around to that one ;)

Comment by Danna — October 28, 2011 @ 11:35 am

I’m looking forward to popping into your store when i come up to Queenstown in March next year before the Real Womens Duathlon.

Comment by Phillipa — November 12, 2011 @ 2:09 am

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