Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there’s backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping (Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is among the sport’s original sites).
Weather: 6°C, Wind NW at 10 km/h, 55% Humidity
Getting there: 22 h 10 min flight. View flights
Local time: Tuesday 6:06 PM
Founders: William Gilbert Rees