Queenstown can be seen as the adventure capital of New Zealand with wide range of latest and greatest activities. There you can find anything you are looking for, from iconic Queenstown bungy jumping to whitewater rafting, river surfing, canyon swinging and thrills on a jet boat. Queenstown and the surrounding area is also considered as a home to some of New Zealand’s best rock climbing. You can take a one day or multi day trip, Queenstown offers easy access, spectacular scenery and great sport climbing and alpine rock climbing.
Population of Queenstown is 12, 500, making it the 29th largest urban area in New Zealand. The Queenstown – Lakes District has a land area of 8, 704.97 square kilometers. The residential population of the town is around 30, 900. Its neighboring towns incorporate Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Alexandra and Cromwell. Currently, Queenstown is well known for its various adventures and ski tourism. Moreover, it is one of the most popular destinations among New Zealanders, Australians and international visitors
There are around 1.9 million visitors coming to Queenstown each year to experience and enjoy untouched nature beauty. This beautiful town offers awe -inspiring scenery, pure mountain air, variety of adventures, relaxation and rejuvenation. Number of adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have nee attracted to this magical region with its alpine verve and atmosphere.
Queenstown is a truly four seasons alpine resort. Apart from winter sports, nearly every activity can be enjoyed at any time of the year. During the summer time, you will be able to enjoy early sunrises and late sunsets, leaving longer days for adventures. Beautiful autumn coats the scenery in different colors: red, gold and orange hues. During the winter, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of snow mountains. Spring is perfect for rejuvenation; you will be able to explore lakeside tracks by foot or bike.
History of Queenstown
Maori knew Queenstown before first Europeans arrived. Early Maori came to Queenstown in search of Pounamu (greenstone). The first European was Nathanael Chalmers who was guided by the chief of the Taturau, over the Waimea Plains and up the Mataura River in 1853. Europeans discovered a whole lot more when shining gold lit up the region’s waterways. A gold rush sprang up overnight in the 1860s, making the start of an international attraction with the Queenstown region. The first explorers who settled the area were William Gilbert Rees and Nicholas Von Tunzelmann. There are different legendary versions of how the town was named. The most popular version suggests that a local gold digger said that the town was “fit for Queen Victoria”. You will notice that many Queenstown streets have names from the gold mining era.
Adventure in Queenstown
Just 5 minutes from central Queenstown, you can try awesome U-drive 4×4 off-road buggies. Experience the thrills of driving these mean machines. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy an exclusive access to spectacular scenery and breathtaking views of the Queenstown and the Wakatiu. If you are looking to experience something unique then try Double X Aviation is NZ first CAA certificated Part 115 Adventure Aviation Operator. Operating Yak 52- Harvard – L29 Fighter Jet Aerobatic or Scenic Flight offering an absolutely unique feelings.Additionally, Queenstown offers more on air adventures. Its stunning scenery is ideal for helicopter flights, plane flights, private heli-tours and hang gliding. Those with an appetite for adventure might prefer an aerobatic flight, parapenting of skydiving.
Fishing in Queenstown
Queenstown offers a vast fishing options that are ranging from dry flu fishing spinning and trolling, wading, float tubing, backcountry fly fishing or ultimate Queenstown fishing trip, take a helicopter into the untouched wilderness
Spa and Relax in Queenstown
Queenstown is an ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation .Be pampered at one of Queenstown’s luxurious day spas, sink into a therapeutic hot pool, or treat yourself to a selection of therapies at a local beauty salon. Come and discover the secret of relaxation at Hush Spa or escape the world for a while with Aspects Day Spa, or experience Queenstown’s only dedicated Hot Pool complex at Onsen Hot Pools.
Visit towns near Queenstown
Visit Arrowtown that is the closest neighbor town to Queenstown. It attracts visitors by its heritage, historic buildings, museum, fine restaurants and beautiful scenery.
Visit Glenorchy, the town that is well known for being a key location during The Lord of the Rings trilogy filming. This town has a very quiet, calming atmosphere and a lot of activities to do.
Visit a pretty little town of Kingston located at the south end of Lake Wakatipu, only 45 minutes away from Queenstown. You will be able to enjoy spectacular views while driving from Queenstown to Kingston along the lakeside. Its lakeside setting, relaxed vibe and outdoor activities make this town attractive to visitors.
Take a day trip or spend a night in the beautiful little town of Fiordland. There you will be able to enjoy the world famous fiords, wildlife, scenery and untamed beauty. It is an unforgettable nature experience.
Visit Lake Wanaka
This is a beautiful year-round destination; 50 minutes drive from Queenstown over the stunning Grown Range. Lake Wanaka is an absolutely spectacular lakeside down with many activities to offer.
Nightlife in Queenstown
Experience Queenstown’s nightlife in most popular bars and clubs. Settle for the evening at a cozy wine bar or head to a club to enjoy life music and dance the night off. If you are fun of a wine then you might want to visit Bardeaux that focuses on its extensive wine list to entertain. The range of local Pinot’s is huge and eclectic, backed up by a cellar of vintage wines and champagne. You can also visit Chico’s Bar & Grill that is located in one of the most historic buildings in the town. You will be able to enjoy not only a great NZ cuisine but also a pleasant atmosphere. Another historical place that offers a very welcoming environment and special atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world is Eichardt’s Bar, a Queenstown icon since 1867.
Additionally, if you want to experience something unusual then try Minus 5 Ice Bar is Queenstown’s coolest experience taking you on a frozen adventure you will never forget. The bar is made purely of ice, everything from the walls and furniture to the bar, even the glass you enjoy one of famous cocktails from is made of ice.
Restaurants in Queenstown
Minami Jujisei is a Queenstown’s award winning Japanese Restaurant and over the past 27 years we have been bringing the best of Japan to Queenstown and now it is the oldest Japanese Restaurant in New Zealand. It offers a wide range of delicious traditional cuisine, mixed with modern influences.
If you are a fan of fine seafood then you must visit a Fishbone Bar and Grill. It is one of the most popular restaurants in Queenstown offering absolutely fresh seafood that is sourced from waters around South Island. Thus, fish comes straight to the restaurant from fishing boats.