(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.
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
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.
Queenstown 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
to be the world's southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches
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
Routeburn walking track.
Queenstown is a hub for regular daily
coach and bus services to
Mt Cook, plus the Queenstown to the
Glaciers and Christchurch
scenic bus and train service.
Air New Zealand National,
Air New Zealand Link
Jetstar operate domestic flights from
Queenstown to Auckland,
Christchurch and Wellington and
Air New Zealand,
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