With mountain peaks as far as the eye can see, beautiful lakes, and pristine alpine air, Queenstown is simply a place of pure inspiration. Whether you have an appetite for adventure or are more at home tracking down a delicious meal, this cosmopolitan four Season Lake and alpine place provides the perfect mix of action and relaxation. Its population may be less than 20,000 but nearly 2 million visitors come to Queenstown each year to experience its spectacular scenery and diversity of experiences. With a huge range of activities easily accessible from skydiving, bungy jumping and jet boating to world class golf courses, walking and biking trails, spas, shopping, you can experience more here in a day than most do in a lifetime.
How to get here?
Getting to Queenstown is very easy as Queenstown International airport is well served by major airlines. Air New Zealand and Qantas fly direct from Sydney year round and extend this service to encompass Brisbane and Melbourne in winter. Domestically there are several connections each day from New Zealand’s main centers like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Access by road is a wonderful option even if its self drive or catch a Bus tour.
From September to November, there is spring time in Queenstown. The temperatures hover between 8 to 22 Celsius in daytime. Spring time here is loaded with lots of artistic, cultural and sporting events here. From December to February, the summer has temperatures hovering between 20 to 30 degree. Summer offers the ideal opportunity for international visitors to mingle with the buzzing throngs of New Zealanders making the very most of every blue sky minute. March to August is the winter’s time. In winters, its not just about snow. Walking trails, superb shopping, day spas, over 150 restaurants are all on offer here.
Coronet peak has the largest and most modern snow making facilities in New Zealand. With varied ski terrain and superb facilities, Coronet Peak is one of New Zealand’s most popular ski resorts. Coronet Peak is located about a 25 minute drive from Queenstown. There are a lot of five star hotels, self contained motels, luxury lodges, stunning resorts and friendly bed and breakfast accommodation.
The Remarkables are one of the most photographed mountain ranges in the world due to the spectacular jagged shapes and the steep rise above the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The mountain range is also famous for the Remarkable ski field.
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in New Zealand’s South Island and offers the longest vertical in Southern Lakes. Famous for its long groomed slopes, legendary and unrivalled views. It is a place you have to see to believe.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Resort is famous for a laid back atmosphere loved by snowboarders and families and also for on slope accommodation along with wide ranging terrain, serious half pipes and an excellent terrain park.
Invincible Snowfields Ski Area is a private ski resort near Glenorchy on the South Island of New Zealand. It offers skiers and snowboarders, the downhill terrain just 1 hour from Queenstown, The Snowfields area has an excellent back country feel and caters to advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.
Southern Lakes Region
This stunning region really is like no other. The Southern Lakes scenery and culture has inspired Hollywood movie makers, poets, artists, authors, musicians and every sort of adventurer as well as more usual everyday people. There are some lake side resorts here like Lake Wanaka and Te Anau which share an adventurous spirit and natural splendor. Queenstown and Wanaka are separated by just one hour’s drive over the Crown Range. The resort town of Te Anau is an ideal base for exploring the Fiordland National Park which is a World Heritage area.
There is a huge range of accommodation options built up during Queenstown’s 100 years as a tourist resort that satisfies every type of traveler. There is a long range of 3, 4, 5 star hotels and exclusive luxury lodges, charming B&Bs, farm and home stay options which offer a taste of New Zealand hospitality. While motels or managed apartments are ideal for those who prefer independence or privacy. There are many Holiday parks and campgrounds having excellent facilities. You can get close to nature in Department of Conservation huts in mountain and bush areas.
The ultimate in taste sensations, there are more than 150 eateries to choose from in Queenstown excluding the winery restaurants between Lake Hayes and Gibbston valley. Here is a fusion of many nationalities, cultures and influences that cook up truly delicious menu options that suit every taste and budget.
Don’t forget to try a mouth watering gourmet burger enjoyment by the lake side or the indulgence of a delectable menu in a discreetly hidden away intimate venue. In the warmer months, the streets buzz with al fresco diners basking in late sunsets, drinking locally crafted, award winning beers and wine and in winter, with hearty fare in front of roaring fireplaces.
Getting around the downtown area in Queenstown is best by foot as many shops are in pedestrian area or hidden away down narrow lanes. As you explore, breathtaking views are never more than a few paces away providing a constant aesthetic and emotional stimulus. Queenstown is arguably the best place in the world to buy traditional wool and sheep skin clothing and indigenous Pounamu (greenstone). Glenorchy here is the spot for funky possum skin clothing and home textiles.
Queenstown is truly committed to provide inspirational and rewarding holidays for visitors from all over the world. So, come and experience this beautiful city yourself.