South Island, New Zealand
Located in the Southern Alps region, Queenstown is New Zealand's top adventure destination, renowned for its spectacular scenery, adrenalin thrills and luxury style. The alpine resort town is a buzzing tourist destination year-round. Millions of visitors flock to the area for world-class skiing and snowboarding, jet-boating, bungy jumping and gourmet wine & food.
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The city of Queenstown, located on the shores of pristine Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, has 220 official year-round activities and attractions. Queenstown was the first place in the world to offer commercial bungy-jumping in 1988, after locals Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett were inspired by the vine jumpers of Vanuatu. There are now three sites to jump from in Queenstown, including an 'urban bungy' which launches jumpers 400m above the city. The dramatic canyons of Shotover River are home to jet-boating and white-water rafting, and the town has mountain bike trails suitable for all skill levels.
Queenstown really comes into its own in winter, with large crowds attracted to its fast downhill slopes. The ski-slopes operate from early June until October. Coronet Peak is the most popular, offering New Zealand's longest on-snow hours, while The Remarkables region has a wide range of terrain and is popular with snowboarders and families. Nearby Gibbston Valley is the world's southernmost wine growing region and is famed for its pinot noir and chardonnay. There are a number of wineries in the region offering cellar door tastings and fine dining. Day tours from Queenstown are easily organised. Queenstown itself has many top restaurants, cafés and a buzzing night-life scene.
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Adventure and luxury go hand in hand in Queenstown, and if money is no object, you'll find a range of top-class luxury lodges set in breathtaking locations around Lake Wakatipu. For those on a more affordable budget, there are comfortable motels, self-contained apartments, backpacker hostels and holiday parks. Please search for our favourite accommodations in Queenstown to find current availability and get the best room rates from over 100 booking sources: