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Queenstown

Queenstown is an exhilarating, year round, alpine resort, perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, overlooked by the majestic Southern Alps, the town was named because "...it was fit for Queen Victoria." Queenstown is today recognized internationally as New Zealand's premier visitor destination. Queenstown has more than just breathtaking scenery and a diverse range of attractions, it's the people visitors find enchanting. Queenstown enjoys four distinct and captivating seasons. Summer burns hot under blue skies before cool autumn mornings bring fire to the hills, trees change to vivid reds and gentle gold's. Crisp, clear days and miles of snow covered mountains; make winter a time for snow enthusiasts, before nature bursts into colorful life in spring.

Queenstown offers relaxation at its best-There is gold in them there hills, and trout in the streams, so try your hand with a gold pan or a fishing rod. Visit the Arrowtown Museum, one of the best boutique museums in the country then afterwards explore the Wakatipu Art Trail. Join the Queenstown Wine Trail and discover award-winning wines from the World's most southern vineyards. Return to town and sample the delights on offer in the many shops, cafes and restaurants. As night falls, get ready to experience the resort's buzzing nightlife. Take a short drive back in time to the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, or drive the shores of Lake Wakatipu to discover the beautiful hamlet of Glenorchy, the gateway to the Paradise Valley and the famous Routeburn walking track. Over the hill but not very far from Queenstown you will find the peace and tranquility of the small town of Wanaka with its crystal clear lake and dramatic mountain.

 

Suggestions:

  • Take a trip into Skippers Canyon to enjoy a mix of history and high adventure including bungy jumping, rafting, flying fox and jet boating
  • Go jet boating on the Shotover, Kawarau and Dart Rivers

    Some of New Zealand's most acclaimed walks are close at hand including, The Routeburn, Milford Track...

  • Experience white-water rafting on the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers
    Drift over Queenstown in a hot air balloon
  • Bungy Jump the Southern Hemisphere's highest land based bungy jump - The Nevis Highwire Bungy
  • Ride the gondola 450 metres above Queenstown to Bob's Peak and enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw (a 100 year old steamship) to the "Wakatipu High Country Farm"
  • Visit Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm vineyards or follow the Wakatipu Arts trail
  • Meet the feathered locals at Kiwi and Birdlife Park
  • Spend a day at Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town that provides an interesting journey back in time. Don’t miss the Lakes District Museum
  • Enjoy a Maori concert and traditional ‘hangi’ meal
  • Fish for trout and salmon at any time of the year
  • Experience high country farm life - horse trekking, sheep shearing, dog trials
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