So you've arrived in Queenstown. You step to the edge of Lake Wakatipu and gaze out across the water to see a delightful crowd of peaks at the south end and you wonder to yourself: well, aren't those just remarkable. As it turns out, this hypothetical you is spot on, for you have found yourself literally gazing upon The Remarkables.
The Remarkables skifields are arguably the area's most popular attraction, open from June to October and with enough variety to challenge all levels of skier and snowboarder. They've also got a tubing area if you're one to put your feet up at high speeds. In other seasons, you'll still have plenty of options, from rock climbing, mountaineering, and even heli-biking. There are over a hundred climbs at various elevations and challenge, many of which will need proper equipment to attempt. Guided day tours can be taken to some of the higher summits, although any of the numerous peaks above 2,000 meters (over 6,500 feet) will provide superlative views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding scenery. We would give the prize for most interesting way to explore the area to the heli-bike route, an 18 km (11 mile) trek that only begins once you and your bike are dropped off via helicopter. If you've got the skill level, then ride spectacular ridge-lines, alpine tracks, and more for a healthy clip of about $400 NZD. See if this video is any inspiration.
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