Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Zealand's Majestic Town of Extremes

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Zealand's Majestic Town of Extremes

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Byline: Corey Bertalli Manager Grafton Travel

IF YOU like adventure in your holidays or spectacular scenery then you cannot go past a holiday to Queenstown. Located on New Zealand's South Island, Queenstown has evolved into the place to go if you would like a little bit of something extra in your holiday. Queenstown itself is a pretty town, not too big, but its location makes it something special.

Queenstown is surrounded by incredible mountains, and situated on the edge of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand's leading visitor destination. The region is renowned for its four distinct seasons, spectacular scenery and world class activities and attraction. It is the gateway for some of the best snow skiing in the southern hemisphere.

Home to the latest and greatest adventure activities, there are adrenaline activities for every thrillseeker, from iconic bungy jumping to whitewater rafting, river surfing, canyon swinging, thrills on a jet boats and safaris on Quad Bike. Queenstown has it all.

Bungy jumping is not for the faint-hearted however if you feel the need to jump off a bridge or platform then you are in the right spot. They have the highest bungy, it is 134 metres (440 feet) above the rugged Nevis River. You get to experience 8.5 seconds of falling, it's a breathtaking ground rush like no other. So go stand on the edge and face your fear in what is for many one of the greatest personal challenges of their life. Make no mistake, the Nevis Highwire Bungy is not for the nervous.

If a bungy jump is not enough to quench your thirst for trying to kill yourself then try Shotover's Canyon Swing. The world's highest cliff jump. The swing is an adrenalinised adventure at its best. The cliff-top platform is 109m above the spectacular Shotover River. You freefall 60m past rocky cliff faces into the canyon before the ropes smoothly pendulum you into a 200m giant swing at 150kmh. …

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