A travel guide to Queenstown, New Zealand providing Queenstown tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, things to do and tours.
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Queenstown nestles along the edge of Queenstown bay on the northeast shore of Lake Wakatipu facing the bare, craggy mountains of the Remarkables range. Beautiful Lake Wakatipu is the second largest of the southern glacial lakes, and although several rivers feed it, only the Kawarau drains this always-blue, crystal-clear lake. With a colorful history steeped in gold, outstanding scenery in all directions, and modern-day notoriety as a center for jetboating, white-water rafting, fishing, back-country hiking, and downhill skiing, Queenstown is the most popular and attractive resort in the South Island. From all over the world backpackers to businesspeople congregate in this cosmopolitan melting pot, and although tourism is the main industry, the resort has somehow managed to retain a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Its only drawbacks are irresistible outdoor adventures and heavy-duty nighttime partying requiring a healthy budget. Come here for a couple of days and, time and budget permitting, you’re more than likely to stay a couple of weeks!

Accommodations range from camping, youth hostels, and budget lodges to the ultimate in luxury hotels. Quick cafes and an endless variety of dining options keep you happily eating out day after day; nightclubs and pubs with live entertainment abound. The narrow streets are lined with alluring shops selling wool sweaters, sheepskin and suede coats, and all kinds of souvenirs. To complete the picture and remove any last doubts, Queenstown is easily reached by private or public transportation from anywhere in the South Island.

The best way to appreciate the Queenstown atmosphere is on foot. Start at the waterfront end of the pedestrian-only mall in the center of town – a great place to people-watch, listen to accents, and meet fellow travelers. Walk east along Marine Parade into Government Tourist Gardens (colorful anytime but spectacular in autumn), and follow the walkway around the point.  Walk back through town and stroll in the other direction along the Queenstown bay waterfront, passing jetties, the old steamer wharf, and lots of boats – you’ll also see all the ways you can take to water during the day and evening. A great way to orient yourself to the entire area is to hop on the Skyline Gondola for the steep ride up to the observation deck 445m above town for outstanding panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables.

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