Queenstown is a picturesque tourist destination located in the South Island of New Zealand. The attractive resort township is set amid beautiful mountains and overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu. The jagged form of The Remarkables Mountain Range towers beyond the lake and in the visible distance the permanently snow capped Southern Alps can be seen raising their curious heads.
Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world and many tourists flock to the area year round to indulge in activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, jet boating, tandem skydiving, and of course bungy jumping from a choice of three different platforms, all boasting staggering heights.
In winter the township resembles a picture perfect image of clear blue skies and snow-capped mountain peaks. The season kicks off with the annual Queenstown Winter Festival, offering nine jam-packed days of excitement where locals, visitors and celebrities participate in activities both on and off the slopes. Numerous skifields operate daily to cater to the needs of ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Remarkables are popular fields, providing ski and equipment hire and boasting professional facilities and fully trained instructors.
Queenstown’s retail and shopping area is compact, covering a mere one square kilometre. Shops sell absolutely everything you can imagine - New Zealand souvenirs to leather and wool garments, to funky art pieces and items for the home. Retail outlets are open seven days, due to tourist demand. After you have ‘shopped till you drop’, why not treat yourself to a well-deserved bite at one of the many fine restaurants, takeaway outlets or foodcourts encompassing the city.
You may also wish to relax and unwind while indulging in a leisurely walk through surrounding native forestry. Queenstown is a region of valleys, lakes and mountains and neighbours the world renowned Fiordland National Park. Enjoy a horse trek or mountain hike or tramp through alpine flowers and tussocks on one of the famous multi day walks. You can access Fiordland by either plane or car while marveling at untouched forestry, cascading waterfalls, towering peaks and other scenic attractions en route.
Other attractions in Queenstown involve a magical ascend up the Skyline Gondola to gift shops and a restaurant, café and function centre, cruises on the tranquil waters of Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic Earnslaw Ship and scenic helicopter flights, among others. Queenstown is also a ‘party’ town so be sure to rage it up after dark at the wide array of cosmopolitan bars and nightclubs. Clubs are open until late and provide upbeat music and great dance floors.
Whatever your itinerary involves, do not miss the opportunity to experience one of New Zealand’s most vibrant and alluring destinations. Accommodation is plentiful, not to mention the exciting activities and endless shopping. Enjoy your stay, marvel at all this scenic wonderland has to offer and don’t forget your camera!!!