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Thrill-seeking Lions fans will have a ball in Queenstown

Thrill-seeking Lions fans will have a ball in Queenstown

British & Irish Lions legend Jason Robinson rates Queenstown as his favourite destination in New Zealand and any adrenaline junkies among the travelling red army in 2017 will no doubt leave the South Island feeling the same.

"A real adrenaline place, lively, lots of bars and restaurants. I enjoyed that." 

British & Irish Lions legend Jason Robinson rates Queenstown as his favourite destination in New Zealand and any adrenaline junkies among the travelling red army in 2017 will no doubt leave the South Island feeling the same.

On the 13th June 2017 the Lions will take on the Highlanders in a tour game in Dunedin and from there it would be madness not take in the sites at Queenstown.

More than a million people descend on Queenstown – situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu – each year and, with Warren Gatland's team due to tour during at the height of winter in June and July, Lions fans will have the perfect opportunity to experience some world class skiing and snowboarding venues.

"Queenstown was an interesting place," said Robinson. "A real adrenaline place, lively, lots of bars and restaurants. I enjoyed that. My best memories from that 2005 tour are of down-time in Queenstown."

The snow-covered mountains offer stunning scenery with Coronet Peak, the oldest and best known of the Southern Lakes' snowfields.

With great early morning and night skiing, Coronet Peak offers New Zealand's longest on-snow hours. The Remarkables area has a wide range of terrain and is popular with snowboarders too.

Bungee jumping off the legendary Kawarau Bridge, mountain-biking and jet boating are other high-octane experiences available.

But, for those seeking a more peaceful stay in Queenstown – renamed from Canvas Town in the 19th century after local gold miners dubbed it "a town fit for a queen" – Blanket Bay is home to luxury lodges.

And a day trip to Gibbston Valley – the world's southernmost wine growing region – boasts an award-winning vineyard, which has a fine dining restaurant and New Zealand's biggest underground wine cave.

While the window for Priority Access Pass has closed, official supporter ticket-inclusive travel packages will go on general sale soon, so click here to be notified about the full Lions tour experience.

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