Photos taken in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island.
It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.
Queenstown has an urban population of 13,150 (June 2015 estimate), making it the 29th largest urban area in New Zealand, and the third largest urban area in Otago, behind Dunedin and Oamaru.
The Queenstown-Lakes District has a land area of 8,704.97 square kilometers (3,361.01 sq mi) not counting its inland lakes (Lake Hāwea, Lake Wakatipu, and Lake Wanaka). The region has an estimated resident population of 32,400 (June 2015 estimate). Its neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill. Queenstown is known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism.
Why visit Queenstown
Queenstown is usually high on most people’s to-do list for New Zealand. Luckily, it’s not hard to miss, as you’ll hit it on the way to Milford Sound, one of the main attractions in the country.
Queenstown is a small town that pretty much runs on tourism. There are a lot of nice places to stay, the Shotover Lodge being my favorite. Very lovely hotel with a communal kitchen and friendly staff in a quiet environment. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the city central.
The town itself is pretty small, packed with many bars and great restaurants, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
There are a ton of high-adrenaline activities to be enjoyed here. Skydiving, several different Bungy-jumps (including the very highest one in the southern hemisphere), a canyon swing, jet boat trips, ziplining, white water rafting, luging, and more. On a rainy day, the haunted house is a good experience as well, as corny as it sounds. I’m not afraid to admit that actors in there managed to scare the shit out of me.
Be sure to grab a “Ferg-Burger” while you’re there, and have a beer while you wait until it arrives. Or rather make that three beers, as it can take over an hour. Well worth the wait, as I can honestly that the Fergburger is one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had in my life. Waiting an hour for a hamburger doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. You’re on vacation here, after all.
You’ll be able to see everything in the town itself in a couple of days. Depending on which activities you’ll do around town, you could easily spend a week here. Be sure to book everything ahead of time, as things fill up pretty quickly.
Also, bring your wallet. Queenstown ain’t cheap.
Photos of Queenstown
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All photos: © Dick Hoebée All rights reserved