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Winter-wonderful Queenstown

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Kelly Landry was lured to Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. It's the country's fun capital and for those who love the outdoors in winter, this is the place to go.

New Zealand has been blessed with the Remarkables mountain range and ski field in Otago. The range rises sharply, creating an impressive backdrop for the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Average winter snowfall is 3.7m making it a magnet for snow sports lovers.

Of course there are day spas, countless fireplaces to relax in front of with a glass of good New Zealand wine or a hot chocolate, but before any of that, Kelly had a few new things to try.

She's not a skier or boarder so she chose the third option: the Tube. There's nothing too serious or highbrow about this snow adventure. It takes place in the Ozone Tubing Park and you decide whether to sit, lie down, go backwards or spin yourself around. You fly down purpose-cut tracks in big orange tyre tubes which are rented by the hour. Get yourself a lift pass and away you go. It's bags of fun.

New Zealand was the birthplace of bungy and they're always on the lookout for something new to get the adrenaline going. The Nevis fits the bill. It's the world's highest swing forming a 300m arc, it has 120m of cord and reaches speeds of over 125km/h.

You can tackle it solo or go tandem with a mate and go forwards, backwards or upside down. Suspended high above the valley floor, you can release yourself or have the jump master do it by remote control. Choose your fear factor — swing 80m or 120m.

The physical impact isn't as severe as that of the bungy so you can swing multiple times.

When she stopped screaming and opened her eyes, Kelly said there were no words to describe the experience. Suffice to say, she was ready to give it another go!


Queenstown, New Zealand's winter playground.


AJ Hackett Bungy's Nevis Arc costs $135 for adults and $88 for children. Transport from the centre of Queenstown, Nevis Arc trucker cap and certificate are included. There up to 13 trips every day.

Air New Zealand has flights to Queenstown.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $330
  • Adelaide $406
  • Perth $598

Sales, validity and other conditions apply.

Prices correct at August 26, 2010.

For further information

Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476

The Nevis
Ph: +64 3 450 1300

The Remarkables
Ozone Tubing Park

Hotel St Moritz
10-18 Brunswick Street
Ph: +64 3 442 4990
Fax: +64 3 442 4667

Visas: Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.

Electricity: 230V at 50Hz using the same plugs as in Australia.

Time zone: GMT +12.

Currency: The New Zealand dollar.

International dialling code: +64.

User comments
Nevis bungy is about a 140 m drop (40 building storeys), and takes 8 seconds to get to the bottom, it is the most adrenaline you will ever get, it beats skydiving, do the swing but you must do the bungy, it is the best

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