Queenstown New Zealand

Early settlers and visitors to Queenstown came for the Otago gold rush of the 1860’s and the establishment of farming stations, but today it is the breathtaking beauty of the Queenstown landscape and its recreational facilities that draw people here.

Year round cruises operate on Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Walter Peak Station including evening trips that include a buffet dinner at the station, travelling aboard the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw. The Dart River runs into the lake at Glenorchy and is the venue for half day jet boat tours with Dart River Safaris into the Mount Aspiring National Park, or a full day trip that includes returning down river on inflatable kayaks. The Kawarau River also has jet boating and white water rafting and the world famous bungy jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge.

Day trips to Fiordland National Park to visit Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound operate from Queenstown by coach. To enjoy the full Milford Sound experience including a cruise, but in a shorter time, consider one or both directions by plane with fantastic aerial views of the National Park. Overnight trips to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound can also be taken from your Queenstown base.

From Queenstown you can connect to multi day hiking on the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Hollyford Track, plus there are lots of shorter walks including a one day experience on the Routeburn Track.

The Otago and Southern Lakes region takes top place for the most picturesque vineyards in New Zealand with Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm located in the spectacularly rugged Kawarau Gorge, other vineyards that may be visited include Peregrine, Waitiri Creek Vineyards, Chard Farm Vineyard, Amisfield Cellars, Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Carrick, Akarua and Olssens vineyards. Whatever your taste in wine, there is sure to be something to delight your taste buds, and of course deliciously fresh food and produce to accompany. To make the most of your wine experience join an escorted wine tour.

Close to Queenstown is the village of Arrowtown, known for its historic cottages and museum where you can learn about the hardships of life amongst the goldfields. The village also boasts some great restaurants which, when added to those in Queenstown and the nearby countryside, will leave you spoilt for choice.

Golf Courses that boast fantastic scenery are located at; the venue for the Centennial New Zealand Golf Open “The Hills” and at Millbrook Country Club.

The Otago Region is a popular fly fishing destination and local guides can take you to the ‘special places’ hidden amongst the rugged landscape.

In winter Queenstown is a magnet for skiers who delight in the diverse selection of trails offered by the Remarkables Range and Coronet ski fields. Coronet Peak also has a program of night skiing. For wonderful views of the mountains and lake don’t forget a ride on the Queenstown Gondola.