About Queenstown Region
Queenstown region is well recognised
as the adventure capital of the world. It is an
adrenalin junkies paradise. Here you can ski or board
steep and deep, jump out of a perfectly serviceable
plane with a parachute, enjoy the exhilaration of
some serious white water rapids,
or a fast and
ride, and if you still have a few nerves left why
not jump off a high platform tied to a giant rubber
band (popularly known as bungy jumping)
If your nerves are already rattled
just from reading the paragraph above don't panic
there are some great alternatives and great ways
to just chill out and relax. Enjoy a round of golf
one of Queenstown's scenic
world class golf courses, take a tranquil mountain
walk or sip wine from a local vineyard whilst you
take in the breathtaking Mountain and lake views.
Queenstown is particularly popular
in winter with several famous ski fields including
and The Remarkables close to town. The ski season
runs from mid June through to
early October. But when summer comes the water sports
come to life on the beautiful blue Lake Wakatipu
and the surrounding rivers. This is the perfect time
to enjoy sailing, jet boating, kayaking, canoeing,
white water rafting and para-gliding.
Places to visit
Arrowtown is 21 kms out of Queenstown and is known for its charm and historical
buildings. The streets
are tree lined and there are many restored cottages and old mining site to
be explored. Arrowtown
is home to the Lakes District Museum. This museum
is considered by many to be one of New Zealand's best small museums. Along
side the banks of
the Arrow River the humble village of the
Chinese gold miners can still be seen.
Coronet Peak is one of New Zealand's most
areas. It offers a diverse terrain with runs to suit all levels of skiers and
snowboarders, and the views from the mountain are breathtaking. Coronet Peak
280 skiable hectares accessed by a six seater express chair, an express quad,
chair, a t-bar, magic carpet and beginner tow. Coronet
Peak is just a short 25 minute drive along a fully sealed road from Queenstown.
Glenorchy sits at the northern
tip of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains, rivers and beech
forest. Located just 45 minutes out of Queenstown, many of New Zealand's
great walks start or finish just beyond Glenorchy.
The road to
Glenorchy gives travellers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu.
The township of Queenstown is alive year round, in winter it attracts skiers
and snowboarders and in summer it is golfers and adventure seekers.
Skippers Canyon has been the main hub of gold
mining activity since the 1860's until only recently. Today many historical
sites still exist, and a number of original gold mining
workings are undergoing restoration. Skippers
Canyon covers an area of 20 acres and it is home to the Pipeline Bungy, Skippers
Flying Fox, Winky's
Museum, Skippers Canyon Jet and the Pipeline Walkway. Just getting to
Skippers Canyon is an adventure with road carved out of a rock cliff face.
The Remarkables mountain
range near Queenstown is home to the The Remarkables
Ski Area. It offers skiers and snowboarders 220
skiable hectares of terrain spreads across 700
hectares of reserve.
There are 3 bowls and the resort is serviced by
three quad chairs, one magic carpet and one beginner
tow offer. There is also a purpose built Tubing
Park providing fun for the whole family.
Things to do
Queenstown golf courses offer such amazing scenery it is hard to concentrate
on your game. At least you can use that as an excuse if you lose. One of the
favourite courses with visitors to the region is Millbrook, designed by Bob
Charles. Then there is the Kelvin Heights course which is located on a stunning
peninsula that reaches into Lake Wakatipu. The other popular course is Arrowtown.
Frankton offers a driving range and 9 hole practice course.
Get an adrenalin rush
There are numerous ways to get a thrill in Queenstown. At Skippers Canyon you
can try bungy jumping, white water rafting, a ride on a flying fox and jet
boating. Jet boating is also available on the Shotover, Kawarau and Dart Rivers.
Enjoy a ride on the luge
at Bob's Peak.
Some of New Zealand,s best walks start just beyond
Glenorchy. The national parks of Fiordland and
Mount Aspiring are both within easy reach of
Queenstown and offer a range of
half or full day walks. Multi day walks are also
available and pass
through primordial forests,
and alpine tussock fields. Guided walks are also
On Lake Wakatipu you can enjoy the experience of
a cruise aboard a 100 year old
steamboat, the TSS Earnslaw. Gibbston Valley and
Chard Farm vineyards offer cellar door tastings
so you can sample some of the local wines. Fishing
is also very popular in the region with trout
and salmon available all year round. And for the
whole family why not experience New Zealand farm
life with a horse ride or watch the sheep shearing
or see how those amazing sheep dogs round up a
The Queenstown region has quite well
defined seasons with Summer being hot and dry and
range from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius, Autumn is warm
to mild with average temperatures
ranging from 6 to 16 degrees Celsius Winter brings
cold nights, snow to the ranges and the skiers are
clear. The average temperatures
range from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius Spring is known
for its changeable weather and average temperatures
from 9 to 15 degrees Celsius On average you will
expect to experience around 8 rain days each season.
Queenstown is easily accessed by air with the Queenstown
International Airport located at Frankton you fly
directly to this wonderful destination. There are
several domestic connection to Auckland,
Wellington and Christchuch each day.
State Highway 6 runs through Queenstown and the
drive is wonderfully scenic with
from north, east and south.
There are several daily coach shuttle options
from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and
The Queenstown region has a range
of holiday accommodation options to
preferences and budgets,
including luxury lodges, bed and
breakfast guesthouses, self contained apartments,
backpackers, motels, hotels and RV caravan parks.
For more information on Queenstown
region visit the official Queenstown Tourism web
site - www.queenstownnz.co.nz
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