There is also some top-draw skiing in and around Queenstown, with high mountains that receive quality snow, while the party atmosphere buzzes constantly. There are so many places to kick back with a coffee or beer, day or night. Plus many of the restaurants operate a bring-your-own (BYO) policy so you can sample any number of wines of the region without the high tab.
The original Queenstown extreme sport can be enjoyed at several spots outside of town, as well as from underneath the Skyline Gondola Restaurant. The most accessible bungee jump out of town is the 140-foot Kawarau Bridge jump, while the Nevis Arc is the world's highest swing. Bungee jumps are organized in town and often include pick-ups.
Jet-boating is a long-time activity in Queenstown. Developed in New Zealand, jet-boats make use of turbine technology to power the vessel and can thus skim over as little as just a few inches of water. The Shotover and Kawarau rivers have the best jet-boating and you can also do a trip on Lake Wakatipu.
The Shotover and Kawarau rivers also have great scope for whitewater rafting, with high value rapids and clean waters. If you are a beginner, head for the tamer Kawarau as the Shotover River can go as high as grade V.