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Queenstown


 

The major resort town of Queenstown is nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Range in west Otago. Nearby you will find the charming village of Glenorchy and the historic mining town of Arrowtown. Within the region day trips include excursions to Milford Sound with it's steep, pointy Mitre Peak and Doubtful Sound which is an untouched wilderness. Overnight and day cruises offer viewing comfort by modern, spacious vessels. The settlement of Kingston is a 40 minute drive from Queenstown and from here you can travel by vintage steam train on the Kingston Flyer.


General


  Queenstown is New Zealand's year-round alpine destination, where you can be as active as you like or just leisurely soak up the magnificent scenery. It has been judged one of the top 25 cities in the world by a leading travel magazine.  
     
Main attractions & activities













  There are year-round action-packed thrills such as jetboating on the Kawarau or Shotover rivers, where these New Zealand-invented craft execute seemingly impossible manoeuvres. Queenstown is also the world capital and home of bungy jumping.   In winter, pristine powder runs are just over the hills. There are four world-renowned ski fields within easy reach, with tons of snow to ski, snowboard and play in.    On Lake Wakatipu, the vintage TSS Earnslaw has been beautifully restored to its original condition and takes visitors on daily trips.   The area has great rainbow trout, brown trout and quinnat salmon fishing, with the lake open year-round. Keen golfers shouldn't miss out on an opportunity to play some of the most scenic courses in the world, at award-winning Millbrook Resort, Kelvin Heights and Arrowtown.   There are several vineyards close to Queenstown where you can spend time wine tasting or why not sample their lunch or dinner menus. Don't miss historic Arrowtown with its quaint, tree-lined streets, miners cottages and the High Street preserved as they were during the 19th century gold rush era, just a 20 minute drive away.
The shopping and dining in Queenstown are excellent and most shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
     
To get there

  Queenstown has daily flights from New Zealand's main centres and several flights each week to/from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Queenstown is a 7 hour drive from Christchurch and a 4 hour drive from Dunedin.

     

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