Queenstown is a land made for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, with canyon swings, bungee jumping from bridges, G-force acrobatic flights, and paragliding, just for starters. Say you’re an average mountain biker and you’ll find yourself pointed towards promontories so steep you wouldn’t ski down them. Even the hiking is dangerous — its so beautiful it takes your breath away. But with a 12-hour flight from Los Angeles debunking all the talk of New Zealand being 20 hours away, all the fun seems closer than ever. Comfortable, beautiful lodging, hip bars, cozy restaurants, and some of the best wine in the world, offer up a number of ways to sooth a traveler’s nerves after a day spent jumping, falling, gliding, and riding.