Wine, thrills but no spills for royals in Queenstown

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in New Zealand in style, this time on a high speed boat ride down Queenstown’s Shotover River.

Enjoying exhilarating 360-degree spins, they hurtled past hundreds of fans keen to get a glimpse of the royal couple on a Shotover Jet boat.This award-winning, adrenalin-filled activity is one of Queenstown’s most iconic attractions and along with bungy jumping and zip-lining is a magnet for the fearless.

Innovation and development

Innovation and development has been a hallmark of the company who - for safety reasons - have the only licence to operate on the Shotover River.

The Shotover Jet started in 1960 using New Zealander Bill Hamilton’s invention; the jet unit- the world’s first propeller-less boat. They have now carried more than three million screaming souls down the Shotover River creating memories of a lifetime for all who dare.

But Queenstown is about more than adventure sports. Set in a canvas of soaring canyons coloured with native forest and pristine rivers, this majestic landscape meets the sweeping Central Otago plains under wide blue skies dotted with vineyards.

Before the royal couple donned their spray-jackets for the jet boat ride, they attended a wine tasting at Amisfield Vineyard, meeting several local award-winning wine producers.

Excellent Pinot Noir

Central Otago is known around the world for its excellent pinot noir and Amisfield is situated in a stunning location overlooking Lake Hayes.

While still relatively young (founded in 1988) Amisfield has established itself as a strong global brand and was also most recently named New Zealand’s Best Winery Restaurant in the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards 2013.

Nestled on stunning Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque towns and a year-round resort haven for skiers, walkers, cyclists, nature and relaxation seekers.

Boutique luxury lodges through to backpacker accommodation bring visitors from all walks of life and the world famous Ferg Burger is what many of them write home about. Literally.