Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season lake and alpine resort. Queenstown is rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations and in 2014 was named New Zealand’s number one destination in the Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor as well as the second best destination in the South Pacific.
For its remoteness, Queenstown is one the busiest little towns in the country, sporting the equivalent to around half the population of New Zealand in tourists every year, who come to experience the unique "Adventure Capital of the World". Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Its natural beauty changes with the seasons, the lake gleans in the summer sun, and snow clad mountains tower above the township in winter. Queenstown is a great place to visit all year round. Nestled in beside the mysterious Lake Wakatipu, in the Southern Lakes district of New Zealand, Queenstown is a cosmopolitan haven, offering a limitless adventure, southern wine and cuisine, and breathtaking alpine scenery.
Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving, canyon swinging, jet boating, paragliding, hang-gliding, jet-skiing, quad-biking, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.
If hard-core adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Queenstown has many cosmopolitan restaurants and a vibrant arts scene, excellent vineyards and five international-standard golf courses. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine. Or just find yourself a lakeside bench at dusk and immerse yourself in one of NZ’s most beautiful views.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognise many Middle-earth locations here. Nearby Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant; visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning. At the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.
Queenstown possesses the perfect location to base yourself while you explore the wonders of Fiordland National Park and the rest of the Southern Lakes region. The magnificence of Queenstown's lakefront location and the range of accommodation and attractions available make it an essential part of any visit to New Zealand.