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Queenstown and Lake WakatipuQueenstown (Pop 12,500) is an international resort town in central Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island.

It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin lake formed by glacial processes that is shaped like a staggered lightning bolt, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains.

The town was named because "...it was fit for Queen Victoria." Queenstown is today recognised 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 golds. Crisp, clear days and miles of snow covered mountains, make winter a time for snow enthusiasts, before nature bursts into colourful life in spring.

As a resort town, Queenstown is a centre for adventure tourism. Skiing, jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, tramping and fly fishing are all strong promotional themes.

Queentown Mall in the Towns CBDBungy Jump from the world's first commercial bungy site, swoop and soar in your own controllable "rocket", white water raft or surf, jet boat down canyons, tandem hanglide or parapente...it simply doesn't stop! Long walks, four wheel drive treks, or lunch on a majestic steamboat, you choose, it's your holiday.

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ueenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain skifields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snow Farm, located near the village of Cardrona.

Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centres. Neighbouring, historic Arrowtown also features excellent restaurants and bars and Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world's southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices.

Winter view of Queestown and Lake WakatipuTake 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.

Queenstown is a hub for regular daily coach and bus services to Milford Sound, Christchurch, Te Anau, Dunedin, Invercargill, Hokitika, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Greymouth, Wanaka and Mt Cook, plus the Queenstown to the Glaciers and Christchurch scenic bus and train service.

Air New Zealand National, Air New Zealand Link and Jetstar operate domestic flights from Queenstown to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar operate international flights from Sydney year-round and Melbourne and Brisbane during the ski season (Jun-Oct).

There are no passenger train/rail services from Queenstown to Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Fox Glacier or Franz Josef.