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  • Writer's picturePatrick Broadbent


Updated: Sep 23, 2020

When you picture New Zealand’s South Island town of Queenstown the first thing that pops into your head is normally icy mountain peaks, snow capped forests and a wintery wonderland. But Queenstown has much more on offer that just that – in fact visiting Queenstown when the snow has melted is sure to melt any traveller’s heart!

Visit Queenstown in summer to find warm, leisurely sunny days. The alpine climate of this mountainous town provides sheltered weather and an enviable natural summer playland. The town itself is nestled around the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu. The sandy beaches of the lake are the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine and taking in the sensational views of the mountain peaks and lush native forests.

The waters of Lake Wakatipu are just the right temperature for a summer swim or if you’re game enough – jump onto a water ski or boat to test your adventurous spirit! Many species of bird and sea life call the untouched Lake their home, so try and spot a native New Zealand Kea bird.

Just a short stroll from the Lake’s edge will land you in the heart of the township of Queenstown. The shopping is diverse and many local artists exhibit their works in the small galleries that are found throughout the walkways. You will also find a grand selection of eateries that are supplied from the farms and wineries found throughout the neighbouring areas. The cuisine is fresh and not easily forgettable.

Meet the friendly locals and immerse yourself in the rich multicultural environment. You will meet people from all over the world in Queenstown – people travel a long way to experience this town. Queenstown has a fun and vibrant community, where you will find buskers performing on the streets and people eager to share a drink and laugh.

The long days of Summer are a perfect reason to get up and meet the sunrise on horseback, atop one of the surrounding hills. Enjoy the best mountain views and soak up some of the beautiful untouched New Zealand landscape, and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

It is well known that some of the best New Zealand wine is produced near the town of Queenstown – and enjoying a glass or three of this area’s exquisite wine is made even better when down so under the summer sun. Take a tour of a few Queenstown wineries in your Snap Rental’s car and learn the region’s winemaking history. You can enjoy cellar door tastings enroute, stop off for a meal at one of the winery restaurants or even visit a wine cave!

Of course all of Queenstown’s world famous adrenaline packed adventures, like bungy jumping, luging and white water rafting are made even more exciting in Summer. When you are hurtling through the mountain gorge in a jet boat getting splashed by the crystal waters – the sunshine that dries your hair is a welcome end to a very thrilling day! A bungy jump while watching the summer sun set is more breathtaking in summer, and the Gondola adventure is made even more sensational when the weather is warm and views are picture perfect. You will be thankful for the air conditioning in your Snap Rental Car to cool off after all the heated excitement of your adrenaline packed days!

A summer visit to Queenstown is a must do experience – the weather is warm, the sun is up for hours and the adventures are easy to find but not easy to forget. Lucky for you we have a depot located just near Queenstown Airport and our rental prices are ‘cheap as’ over summer – we are the cheapest rental car company in Queenstown! So make the most of your alpine adventure and hire a Snap Rental car or people mover and travel every inch of this majestic place.

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