Queenstown, OTA

There are few places in the world that can justify lofty ambitions of being "fit for a Queen", and yet - the story goes - this is exactly what Queenstown was named for by early gold prospectors, who saw the beauty of the mountains, lakes, and rivers, and declared the area "fit for a Queen."

 

New Zealand's most premier travel destination. Every year, travellers from all around the world come to Queenstown to experience a place like no other - part alpine resort, part lakeside-paradise, and part outdoor adventure capital of the world - Queenstown is a place that will put out the welcome-mat, no matter what your travel agenda may be.

 

With a population of about 28,000 permanent residents, Queenstown is one small town that swells to three times its size, as around 2 million visitors pass through the Queenstown area every year. Once an important area on the Pounamu (precious New Zealand green stone) trail for South Island Maori, Queenstown is an area that is steeped in legends and has a colorful history. One of those legends tells how Queenstown's central lake - Lake Wakatipu - was created by an evil giant who had abducted a young Mori woman. During the girl's rescue the giant was knocked over, and ever since then, he lies sleeping in the depths of the lake while his beating heart makes the lake rise and fall. The discovery of gold in local rivers during the 1860s was the beginning of Europeans arriving to search for their fortunes in the Shotover and Arrow rivers - after the miners left for better prospects on the South Island's West Coast, Queenstown began its long journey to becoming one of the world's most attractive travel spots.

 

With its majestic mountain ranges, clear azure lake, numerous walking tracks, and fertile wine valleys, Queenstown is about as scenic as it gets. As there is something for everyone in Queenstown, taking advantage of everything that Queenstown has to offer could take a long time, so we have compiled some essential insider tips so that you can make the most of your holiday with us.