The aptly named Bay of Islands is a great place to combine adventure and relaxation.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in front of the impressive Remarkables mountain range, nature has purpose built this area for adventure. Queenstown's stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand's favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
For many years people have been drawn to the beautiful lake and alpine areas around Queenstown starting with early Maori who came in search of Pounamu (greenstone). European settlers followed with their sights set on fertile grazing land. They discovered a whole lot more when gold was found in the region’s waterways. When the gold rush hit the region in the 1860s, it marked the start of an ongoing international fascination with the Queenstown region.
Central Queenstown is a sophisticated town with a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping. The picturesque town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and you’ll experience a unique energy and atmosphere all year-round.
The Queenstown region is world-famous for adventure and is the birthplace of many iconic activities including bungy jumping and jetboating. Other activities include white water rafting, ziplining, 4x4 off-roading, snowsports, paragliding and skydiving. -
The more traditional pursuits of golfing, horse-riding, mountain biking and skiing in winter are also popular.The less adventurous can enjoy alpine walks, cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard an historic steamboat, indulge and relax at one of the many spas, visit the fine wineries of the region or wander around the many shops.
The best mountain views are to be had from the Skyline Gondola, which has a panoramic restaurant, overlooking the town and Lake Wakatipu.
Take a scenic flight to discover Fiordland and the famous Milford Sound from Queenstown
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