Queenstown, a year-round resort town
Iconic landscapes, natural wonders, a buzzing atmosphere and home of the ultimate adventure bucket list, there’s no place in the world quite like Queenstown. The sophisticated all-season resort town enjoys the best of both worlds: sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath the towering peaks of The Remarkables mountain range. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown; part of its beauty is the array of less hectic activities on offer. Enjoy the town’s lively and compact centre, cruise Lake Wakatipu, head to the nearby towns of Arrowtown and Glenorchy, cycle to vineyards and when you’re up for it, take a shot at its adventure offering.
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Queenstown has a resident population of about 18,000 and welcomes more than 100 times that number (1.89 million) visitors per year.
The “Lady of the Lake”, TSS Earnslaw was launched in 1912 – the same year as the Titanic. It was a working ship till 1969 and is the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1885 all Queenstown hotels were run by women who all happened to be widows.
Ride the Skyline Gondola for iconic views of Queenstown.
This is the one place where you must step out of your comfort zone – jet boat, sky jump, bungy, rafting … you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing your adventure.
Cycle or walk the Queenstown Trail with more than 110kms of tracks and trails connecting Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy.
- Take a 4WD adventure into the heart of the backcountry and to The Lord of the Rings locations.
- Visit the region’s wineries to sample award-winning wines.