by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural
the unique energy of the Queenstown region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of
adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Queenstown is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s third largest lake and the longest at 80km long.
The first European settlers came to the area for sheep farming then in 1862 gold was
the Arrow River which brought mining prospectors from all around the world and the region’s
population increased overnight. Queenstown and surrounding areas remain proud of its gold
This popular town is a wonderful year round resort that enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are hot with clear blue skies; Autumn transforms the town into shades of gold and red; Winter is a paradise for snow lovers with crisp clear days and miles of snow covered mountains; and in spring nature bursts into life.
The spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys of the Queenstown region are natures alpine wonderland. This scenery has made it a popular location for the movie and television industry. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was filmed at many locations around Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Local sightseeing operators include these Lord of the Rings locations in sightseeing tours and are immensely popular.
Queenstown offers relaxation at its best with something for everyone and every mood. The town boasts a reputation as the adventure capital of the world but visitors can set their own pace, choosing whether to watch or join in the thrilling adventure activities on offer or explore the shops and cafes, play golf at the international course or try their hand at gold panning and trout fishing.
In the winter Queenstown becomes a ski resort. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak Skifields are easily accessible from downtown Queenstown.
Queenstown has a wide range of accommodation and also offers a selection of excellent restaurants and cafes.
An institution on the lake is the steamship TSS Earnslaw. The 100-year-old twin screw coal fired steamer traverses Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Sheep Station daily except when it is being serviced in the winter months. Visitors can travel across the lake to see what life was like on a remote high country sheep station.
Queenstown boasts over 200 adventure tourism activities. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there is jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving, horse riding and fly fishing.
Queenstown is also the perfect base from which to explore Fiordland. There are coach and scenic options to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
The area also boasts four excellent golf courses. Millbrook, Jack’s Point, Queenstown and Arrowtown and has hosted the New Zealand Open for a number of years at The Hills.