The rainbow wedding connection

Lonely Planet promotes Queenstown as one of the top 10 gay wedding destinations. Photo by James Beech.
Lonely Planet promotes Queenstown as one of the top 10 gay wedding destinations. Photo by James Beech.
Queenstown is among the world's top 10 gay wedding destinations, Lonely Planet says.

The travel guide praised Queenstown as New Zealand's most popular resort, known for its daredevil sports.

''After saying 'I do', newlyweds can test their bond by jet-boating, whitewater rafting, skydiving and bungy jumping (the town is bungy's birthplace and provides multiple scream-triggering venues to leap from),'' the guide said.

''It's equally busy in winter, with lots of folks getting hitched during Gay Ski Weekend in early September.''

Queenstown was placed sixth, ahead of New York City, Iceland, Vancouver and Boston. Hawaii took the top spot, followed by San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Taihiti.