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
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
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.