Queenstown Travel Guide
Introduction to Queenstown
Queenstown is located on the southern side of the South Island in New Zealand. The town’s resident Lake Wakatipu is roughly 80 kilometres long from end to end and bends in a shape resembling a lightning bolt, meeting Queenstown in its centre. Queenstown is said to have gained its name from when locals found gold in the nearby River Arrow in 1862 and was proclaimed that the area was fit for Queen Victoria.
The settlement homes around 29,000 residents and has become known as one of the best ski resort destinations in the world. According, Queenstown is beloved by international travellers and thrill seekers looking for a snowy and adrenalin-filled holiday in New Zealand’s adventure capital. At last country the town offers around 220 tourist activities including everything from bungy jumping and mountain biking to skiing and snowboarding.
Upon arrival in Queenstown there is a genuine buzz around the area as tourists and locals gear up to tackle the terrain of the onlooking slopes which surround the vicinity. The multinational centre is backed onto by the long stretching lake and is just as essential to the area as the mountains. In Queenstown there are 4 main skiable resorts to choose from; The Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. But activities aren’t just limited to the ground; local experts offer to take willing participants up hang-gliding to get that true bird’s eye view as well as paragliding, sky diving and the infamous heli-skiing.
Away from all the action, Queenstown is also a place where you can unwind with many local spas available. Rejuvenate after a long day in the expansive outdoor playground, settle in for a long massage and take a dip in a steamy jacuzzi. If you’d rather relax with retail therapy, shopping in the centre is also great with quality branded items, particularly sporting gear, easily found.