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is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic
Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.
Queenstown was named because '...it was fit for Queen Victoria.' It's
certainly lived up to that expectation. Today it's an exhilarating alpine
resort, perfect for both adventurers and leisure seekers.
and on long summer days (when the sun doesn't set till 10pm) it's a popular
base camp for trekkers, and adventure lovers. The shops open till 10pm
also, seven days a week, and there are over 100 choices of places to eat
year-round action-packed thrills, such as jet boating, white water rafting
and parapenting. Queenstown is also the world capital and home of bungy
jumping. In winter, Queenstown turns into an alpine playground - skiers
and snowboarders come from all over the world to join in the fun at the
annual Winter Festival.
For some suggested itineraries that include Queenstown, please click here.
For a video preview of Queenstown, please click here.
- Take a
walk. After all, this is the walking capital of the world!
you're an experienced skier or a novice, take to the slopes.
- Put time
aside to experience the silent grandeur of Doubtful Sound and Milford
to Shotover River for jetboating, white water rafting, bungy jumping
or helicopter flight-seeing (most tour operators will mix up a cocktail
of different adventure activities.
you're a hacker or a pro, you won't find a more beautiful setting for
a round of golf.
- Take a
kayak out on one of the lakes.
- Take a
trip into Skippers Canyon to enjoy a mix of history and high adventure
including bungy jumping, rafting, flying fox and jet boating
New Zealand's largest underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley Winery
near Queenstown and Rippon Vineyard near Wanaka is perhaps the world's
prettiest winery, nestled along the lake.
- For fun
in the snow without balance and bindings try skidooing or snowmobiling
the picturesque gold mining settlement of Arrowtown (20 minutes from
- For the
small and grown-up kids, get lost in The Great Maze, Puzzle Centre and
Tilted House at Stuart Landborough's 'Puzzling World' in Wanaka.
over Queenstown at dawn in a hot air balloon
- Ride the
gondola 450 metre above Queenstown to Bob's Peak to enjoy views of Lake
Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Get down the fast way - take
the luge (a short raised toboggan for one person seated)
Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw, a 100 year old steamboat