Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. This place is built around the inlet called Queenstown Bay in Lake Wakatipu, a long thin-Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains. It is one of the most beautiful regions and offers year round attractions. The town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. The most remarkable sight is the Remarkables, which is a saw-toothed range of mountains on the opposite side of the lake from the town. Queens town is widely used most of the tourists to jump bungy jump sites and many other outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and the Shotover jet. Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking,skateboarding, tramping, Parapenting, Sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Most activities are safe,except for the odd paraglider stuck up a tree. The Queenstown area has some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and natural features. The region also has a rich history of gold mining and settlement. The spectacular mountain scenery and Lake Wakatipu dominate the view from many parts of town. Most attractions in Queenstown make the most of the view. It is enough reason to spend time in Queenstown if you choose not to do anything else.
Queenstown is a party town during high seasons. if you plan on getting a good nights sleep, then you might consider staying slightly out of town. It is common to see people on the street up to 5AM, coming back from the disco or pub. If you are looking for a relaxing scenic holiday, Wanaka (an hour drive) is smaller and more tranquil (with less of a party atmosphere). First time visitors to Queenstown frequently struggle with the where to stay question. Queenstown has several neighbourhoods, each with their own advantages in terms of access & attractions.
Queenstown is however widely regarded as an activity-based town. Those less interested in the bright lights will prefer one of the neighbourhoods surrounding downtown. These neighbourhoods promise the best of both worlds – easy access to downtown from a more peaceful base.Most travellers are ‘romantics at heart’ & love to rekindle memories of simpler times. Authentic, relaxing & peaceful describe the ambiance of Arrowtown. A refreshing contrast to downtown locales.
Queenstown airport is known for its spectacular approach, the snow-covered mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps surround it on four sides and there is a complicated path to the runway. Low cloud and cold weather can close the runway, especially in winter, resulting in cancelled flights, however new precision approach equipment has considerably reduced this. Queenstown airport also provides for private jets and other aircraft, and there is a huge number of helicopter take-offs and landings each day. Scenic flights and heli-skiing are a popular attraction for the region.