In some ways, it's because of Lake Wakatipu and the picture-ready Remarkables mountain range that lies beyond that has earned Queenstown its nickname of “adventure capital of the world.” Such an ambitious reputation, while dependent on a great variety and intensity of adventures, would be moot without majestic natural scenery in which to enjoy them.
Queenstown lies at the eastern bank near its center and is the best place from which to access all that Lake Wakatipu has to offer. But what is on tap, you ask? Water sports are a-plenty, from the more adventurous jet boating, water-skiing, and wakeboarding to leisurely boat rides around the lake. From the water's edge, there is the famous Skyline gondola ride, although the luge tracks that look out on the lake are a quicker way to catch a rush and win a bet with your friends. There is also a take-off point for paragliders that operates nearby, allowing you to see the sights from the sky with your heart pounding in your throat.
In conjunction with the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu provides a worthy backdrop for the sheer profundity of adventure options in Queenstown. For more information, browse the included websites.