QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand,is set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by stunning scenery with high mountains and lakes with crystal clear water, which provides the backdrop for a wide range of activities in both summer & winter.

QUEENSTOWN

Surrounded by magnificent mountains and situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Originally named because ‘it was fit for Queen Victoria’, Queenstown boomed during the gold rush of the late 1800s. People from all over the world rushed to Central Otago to discover their fortunes and relics of old Chinese settlements are still evident in the Queenstown area today.

The town centre is only one square kilometre in size, which makes everything within easy walking distance including a huge variety of shops, bars, accommodation and over 100 eating places.

Queenstown enjoys four distinct seasons and you can find an adventure activity to suit any one of them. Try bungy jumping from the world’s first commercial bungy jump operation. Kawarau Bridge Bungy first started in 1988 and now there are a total of four Bungy sites in the Queenstown area, where you can take the ultimate plunge with only a rubber cord attached to your ankles.

The Shotover and Kawarau Rivers offer the thrill seeker jet boat rides, whitewater rafting or river surfing. Do a tandem hanglide or parapente, go rock climbing, four wheel drive or mountain bike over the local terrain, ‘Fly by Wire’ or enjoy the million dollar views on a chartered flight. Some of the other activities on offer are ice-skating, mini golf, water skiing, wind surfing, horse trekking, fishing and hiking.

Along with adventure activities there are plenty of relaxing things to do in Queenstown as well. Take the Gondola up to the Skyline Restaurant and Luge, where you can enjoy Queenstown’s greatest views. See our native Kiwi at the Kiwi and Bird-Life Park, enjoy award winning wines from the world’s southern most vineyards and experience a traditional Maori meal and show at the Queenstown Maori Concert & Feast.

Cruise Lake Wakatipu on our ‘Lady of the Lake’ the TSS Earnslaw. Built in 1912 this steamboat is an icon in Queenstown and is a classic way to travel to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

The Resort winters produce some of the best skiing conditions in Australasia. Both Coronet Peak and the Remarkables ski fields are very accessible and offer full ski hire, international ski schools, night skiing and heli-skiing options. To celebrate the arrival of snow, Queenstown hosts the ultimate winter party its popular annual Winter Festival. This event is not to be missed and is jam packed with fun and entertainment for a whole week in July.

Step back in time when you visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Only 20 minutes drive from Queenstown this quaint township is rich with history. Try your luck at gold panning, visit the old jail and Chinese settlement and explore the Arrowtown Museum, one of the best boutique museums in the country. Visit Dorothy Brown’s - a unique movie theatre and bookshop, wine and dine at one of the many good restaurants or take a look around nearby Millbrook Resort. The annual Arrowtown Autumn Festival is another popular event in the Resort.

Along with a buzzing nightlife, numerous activities and breath taking scenery Queenstown is one of those places you can spend days just relaxing and enjoying the serenity.

Key Links:
www.queenstown-nz.co.nz
www.atoz-nz.com/queenstown