Travel guide - Queenstown

A gem of the Otago region located on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is a luxurious area between Lake Wakatipu and the aptly named Remarkable Mountains. A land of adventure, the city offers plenty of thrills for athletic types and stunning landscapes for lovers of hiking. Peaceful Queenstown lives in harmony with nature, protected from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Few cities have as high a quality of life as you can enjoy here.

Winter in Queenstown: discover the city’s ski runs

Nicknamed the “Jade Island”, the South Island of the New Zealand archipelago is extremely beautiful. Summer and winter alike, Queenstown stands out with its ever-changing landscapes, which are always ready to welcome visitors. Skiing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? In New Zealand, anything is possible. From June to October, the mountains around Queenstown are covered in a thick layer of snow, perfect for a unique ski adventure. Coronet Peak is one of the archipelago’s most famous ski stations. Easy to reach from Queenstown thanks to the Skyline Gondola, it is a popular destination for visitors from all over the southern hemisphere who come here to perfect their technique. Farther away and at a higher elevation, the Remarkables Ski Area reaches an altitude of nearly 2,000 metres, offering a stunning view overlooking Lake Wakatipu. With your head both literally and figuratively in the clouds, be careful not to fall, as it is can be tricky to stay focused on your skiing when surrounded by such striking landscapes. At the end of the day, return to the Queenstown city centre to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the bars and restaurants where locals and visiting adventurers alike cheerfully mingle.

Summer in Queenstown: outdoor thrills

Starting in November, Queenstown comes out of hibernation as summer starts to make its appearance. The rays of sunshine reflecting off the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu herald the city’s return to its outdoor lifestyle. Canyoning, rafting, alpine slides, parachuting, paragliding and more. In the summertime just like in the winter, there are many athletic activities and thrills to be had. Here, bungee jumping is common practice and an exciting way to get close to the lush nature of the region. The most emblematic place for a classic jump is Nevis Bungy, where you jump from a platform suspended 134 metres up in the air! If you don’t feel like showing off your athletic prowess, enjoy a more laid-back outing by heading to Glenorchy. A 45-minute drive from Queenstown, this city is a starting point for numerous walks through surreal landscapes right out of Middle Earth, the fantasy world Tolkien created for his popular novels. Indeed, the region is known worldwide as the place where Peter Jackson filmed his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Queenstown, a land with a nourishing heritage

As if Queenstown’s environment weren’t enough, the city also has a very good gastronomic reputation. It has numerous restaurants recognised around the archipelago, so don’t hesitate to sample the local green mussels or lamb served with a puree of kumara, purple sweet potatoes, all paired with a pinot noir from the globally-known wine growing regions that surround the city.

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