The premier lake and alpine resort town, Queenstown is located 480 kilometres south west of Christchurch. Sitting on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and bordered by imposing alpine mountains, the scenery that greets you will take your breath away.
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand and here you’ll find an activity for everyone, at any time of the year. You can try your hand at skiing or snowboarding, enjoy an exhilarating Shotover jetboat ride, bungy jumping, white water rafting and much more.
For those who would prefer to stay flat on their feet, it is one of the most spectacular cities to just take in the fresh air and the stunning scenery. The marvellous view of Lake Wakatipu can be enjoyed from many parts of town and one of the best views is from the top of Bob's Peak which can be reached by the Skyline Gondola.
Queenstown is also a gateway to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. A three hour drive west will take you to this amazing 1.2 million hectare National Park, one of the world’s largest National Parks renowned for its exceptional scenic beauty.
The natural beauty of the region is made up of spectacular ice-carved fiords, rugged granite tops, lakes, valleys and untouched mountain to sea vistas. One of the least explored areas of New Zealand, the Fiordland is so remote that wildlife thought extinct are believed to still live in the Park.
The picturesque town of Te Anau is the hub of the Park, known as the gateway to the fiords. From here it’s a scenic 2 hour drive to the famous Milford Sound and just 20 mins to Lake Manapouri, where you can jump aboard the scenic cruise into Doubtful Sound.
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