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Gay Queenstown: Adventure capital of the world

Mt. Coronet photo by JJ Keyes

Flying into Queenstown is an experience like no other. The plane tips to the left and the right slightly as white capped mountains peak out from swirls of clouds. All of a sudden, the pilot seems to make an unbelievably quick descent right between two of the massive snow peaks to unveil a snowy and quaint town next to Lake Wakatipu below. Queenstown is commonly known as New Zealand's most popular destination, a true "boy's town" where you can get your adventure fix by jumping out of a plane, off a ledge, down a slope, over a canyon or through whitewater ripples. Queer snow bunnies take to streets (and slopes) of Queenstown every year for the Gay Ski Week NZ, an event started started by Mike Sanford and Craig Lawson back in 2003. Days move quickly with seemingly super hero opportunities while nights are full of incredible wine, delicious food and fun company from all parts of the world. Queenstown is the kind of place where you can try things you never thought you'd have the guts to try and then raise the bar the next day. Are you up for the adventure?