mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, and just so much to do.
From bungy jumping to wine trails, jet boating to tramping, dining-out
to skiing, the tricky part is extending your stay to try and fit everything
The area has captured hearts and imaginations since the first Maori came
in search of pounamu (greenstone), and the giant moa bird. More recently
gold miners, adventurers, film-makers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars,
and US Presidents have been drawn to this magical region and its intense
for fun, accessible adventure, adventure for relaxation. Queenstown is
renowned for adventure. But there’s much, much more. Queenstown
is a sophisticated holiday resort set in the magnificent landscapes of
the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Born as an 1860’s goldmining camp, 140 years later Queenstown has
a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay
on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains,
there are amazing views from everywhere. There’s also a permanent
buzz in the downtown area where you’ll find a lively cafe/bar scene
and excellent shopping.
The Southern Lakes Region
A world of diversity. From rugged mountains to a wild and deserted coastline,
golden hill country to crystal alpine lakes, the Southern Lakes region
is one of the most diverse and physically beautiful on earth. It’s
easy to see why New Zealand film director Peter Jackson chose this region
for so many Lord of the Rings locations. Fans will recognize the Misty
Mountains, Isengard, the Ford of Bruinen, Lothlorien, and Rohan and the
Pillars of Argonath. Stunning, movie-inspiring scenery aside, there’s
a deep cultural bent to this area. Meandering wine regions, villages rich
in history, high country sheep farming and primordial world heritage areas
sit alongside international standard tourism resorts.