Many people worldwide have heard about the city of Queenstown, New Zealand. However, just a quick drive northeast of the city is a small area called Lower Shotover. It might not be as well-known, but there are still some pretty cool things to do for anyone who likes being outside.
Located right on the Shotover River, there is some beautiful scenery all over the little town. Here are some of the top things to do in Lower Shotover New Zealand, and also some things to see nearby.
A lot of people who like to travel and explore new areas will either bring their bike, or rent one locally. This is a pretty cheap and efficient way to now and get some exercise, but check out nature on their own terms.
The Queenstown Trail links a number of smaller towns in the area very easily. It has some beautiful scenery, and there are plenty of stops along the way for rest. They get some pretty good weather in Lower Shotover, so biking is in season quite a few months out of the year. Just remember that there are a decent amount of inclines in the area, so prepare for your legs to do some heavy work.
This is one of the coolest weekly farmers markets in the area. If you find yourself visiting during the weekend, this is the place to check out. There is always a very strong sense of community during the farmers market, and activities that surround it as well.
It is also a great way to meet some of the locals in the area. They will be able to give some tips on what might be cool to check out that is a bit hidden for travelers. It’s always cool to get some inside information from a local and check things out that way.
For some inside fun, Game Over is located in the same area as the farmers market is every single week. This location does a great job of offering different challenges for people who like to drive and compete. Even as a single driver, a person can race others who are there at the time, and see if they can take on some of the top records of all time.
This is some very affordable entertainment as well if the weather is not cooperating. Check it out and see how it compares to your own local go cart place. They have some pretty unique builds that make it a step up from the norm.
Pretty much right next to Game Over is another indoor area for some extreme sports. SITE Trampoline offers a little bit of everything for locals and tourists who are trying to get some exercise and learn a few things as well.
Trampolines are obvious here, but people also train for snowboarding and skateboarding. This is a great place to go during the offseason to get ready for the slopes. Those who participate in parkour also get something out of SITE trampoline, so check it out and see for yourself.
This might be a place to check out before heading to something a little more adventurous outdoors. They can simulate how tough something might be, and then you can get a feel for whether or not you should do an outdoor activity or not.
Local Bed and Breakfasts
People always recommend checking out local areas as much as possible by visiting local bed and breakfasts. In this area, it is more important than ever, because Lower Shotover is located in such a unique part of the world. Every single bed and breakfast is slightly different, and they can provide some amazing views and history for a pretty affordable price.
Some people like to stay in top rated places, but don’t be afraid to give new bed and breakfast opportunities a try as well. They are also usually more than helpful, so it makes sense to gather some information from them before heading out on some other activities during your visit.
Not everyone comes from an area that has glacial lakes. This is a small little lake near this town, and although it might not seem like much, it is a great place to snap some pictures and take in the scenery.
What some people like about it is that it is so quiet because there is not a lot of build up around. Instead, a person can enjoy nature without any distractions at all, and it is all located in Lower Shotover.
Making the short trip to other parts of Queenstown
Since the heart of Queenstown is very close to Lower Shotover, many people have no problem visiting that area as well. It is known by some people as the adventure capital of the world, so people are more than happy to make a visit.
The first thing that any person with a sense of adventure should try out is of course bungee jumping. AJ Hackett, the first man to start bungee jumping, founded it in Queenstown. There are some great companies to check out, but the Ledge Bungee might be the most well known. They seem to have the best views, and also the best reviews online. Do you have what it takes to fall from high above?
Shotover Jet Boat Ride
This is not your typical boat ride, which can feel a little lazy at times. Instead, jet boats are very fast, and it’s a great way to see all parts of the area. It’s partially a thrill ride, but also a great place to check out the natural beauty of the area. Not only do you go in the heart of some of the city, but also through a narrow canyon with cliffs towering above. It certainly is not going to be a forgettable boat ride. In fact, it might ruin all future boat rides, because very few can live up to what one experiences on this ride.Places nearby:
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