What's it like?
Once fit for Queen Victoria, Queenstown is now fit for leisure and thrill seekers from all over the world. Resting on the shores of the deep blue Lake Wakatipu, and watched over by the commanding Remarkables Range, Queenstown draws visitors all year round. It’s easy to understand that Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four season alpine and lake resort.
A hot sun beams down from clear blue skies on visitors enjoying a Queenstown summer. Striking reds and glowing golds announce the arrival of autumn. Mountains blanketed with snow and clear blue-sky days attract snow lovers during Queenstown’s winter months before Mother Nature returns for all to see, with an explosion of life and colour for spring.
Things to do in Queenstown Lakes
Queenstown is not known as ‘The Adventure Capital of the World’ for nothing, but neither is it only for those looking to test their mortality in as many ways as possible. Queenstown has a pick and mix of adventure activities to try out. From the region’s highest peaks to the deepest gorges you can find a number of ways to get your adrenalin pumping. Skydivers bail out from 15000ft, snowboarders and skiers tackle the highest slopes; paragliders soar majestically above the lake, mountain bikers and four-wheel drive tours navigate the sloping hillsides, bungy jumpers jump off things and rafters and jet boaters mess about in purpose built boats. That’s just a snapshot of what’s available to check your insurance details for.
There are numerous ways to either lower or maintain a steady heart beat as well. A scenic cruise around Lake Wakatipu on the skilfully restored TSS Earnslaw steamer offers a relaxing way to take in the sights and fill up your camera’s memory stick.
Growing quickly in popularity as a way to experience the Queenstown region is wine tasting. Enlist yourself on one of the wine tours and get a taste of the greater Queenstown region while you sip on some of the region’s top class boutique wines.
Queenstown can also boast some of the most awe-inspiring golf courses in the world providing more opportunities not to pass up. With rainbow trout, brown trout and quinnat salmon, the area is popular for fishing as well.
A twenty-minute drive from Queenstown brings you to the charming, tree lined streets of Arrowtown. Here you can find shops and cottages preserved from the 19th century gold rush age.
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