This region was settled in the 1860’s during the Otago Gold Rush which
brought thousands of gold hungry miners into the area mainly to nearby
Arrowtown. Queenstown was named around
this time as it was "fit for Queen Victoria".
Being mostly a resort town you will find some fantastic accommodation with
unbelievable views of the Remarkables Mountain Ranges and Lake Wakatipu.
Adventure tourism is the main game in town specialising in skiing, jet
boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking, helicopter rides, white water
rafting and tramping through the wilderness.
Fly by Wire is the
latest extreme challenge to thrill the adventurous.
The four main ski fields are: Coronet Peak,
Treble Cone, and
together covering an area of over 540 square kilometres. The Remarkables is
one of only two ranges in the world to run directly north south. The ski
season runs from July to October each year and is kicked off by the 10 day
beginning on 1 July, one of New Zealand’s most exciting festivals.
Queenstown boasts many designer shops, souvenir specialists, unique
jewellery boutiques, international labels and much more, open every day with
many into the evenings as well. The town boasts several dozen bars, cafes
and eateries where you can party long into the night with other tourists and
locals in search of a good time!
If extreme sports are beyond you, then a trip on the
Earnslaw, the ‘Princess of the Lake’ is a must. 90 minute cruises of
Lake Wakatipu are provided by
Real Journeys or you can incorporate a cruise in with a longer day tour
to the other side of the lake at
Walter Peak High Country Farm where you will imagine you have stepped
through a time warp into 1870! Another living relic from New Zealand’s
transport past is the country’s most adorable steam train dating back to the
Kingston Flyer. At the southern end of Lake Wakatipu is the quant
village of Kingston where the train departs at 10am and 1.30pm daily for an
unforgettable joyride. The perfectly preserved gold rush town of
Arrowtown, only 30 minutes away is great
for a day trip. Many visitors actually stay there as its often cheaper than
by plane is like enjoying a scenic flight as the plane comes in over the
magnificent lake with mountain views on either side. When planning your New
Zealand holiday try to fly in or out of Queenstown if you can.
Air New Zealand fly
year round from Sydney and Brisbane and
Qantas flies during
winter. All coach companies service Queenstown from
Queenstown has the South Island’s best and most varied accommodation. Great
prices can be had by booking early or at the last minute. The visual and
adventurous splendour of this magnificent area provides for the perfect
vacation and no New Zealand holiday is complete without a stay in
New Zealand Queenstown accommodation. In addition to our online travel guide
info, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.