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PEOPLE COME TO QUEENSTOWN TO ENCOUNTER CHALLENGE, DARE FATE, ACCEPT
RISK, AND TEST LIMITS
IN AN IMPROBABLY BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CHALLENGING, DARING,
RISKY, AND LIMITLESS.
PHOTO CREDITS: home at first (wakatipu/steamboat/milford sound/steam
train); NZ tourism (GOLF/JET BOAT/BUNGY);
holden (HORSE TREK); chris mclennan
Experience Queenstown &
its Remarkable Region
wonderfully walkable large town in a fabulous
setting wedged between a stunning, turquoise lake and rugged,
photogenic mountains. Queenstown is New Zealand's outdoor
home of extreme and not-so-extreme sport.
Attractions in/from Queenstown:
More than any other population center on the South Island, Queenstown
exists for tourism. Expect lots of visitors, and expect an
ever-expanding infrastructure with new things to see and do. The original home
of bungy jumping has spawned an extreme sport industry second to none. But while Queenstown
tantalizes the most serious adrenaline junkie, it offers much
extreme adventure. Here's a
partial listing of local activities:
EXPLORING QUEENSTOWN ON FOOT:
Queenstown is big enough to provide hundreds
and clean, turquoise Lake Wakatipu.
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of shops, restaurants, and other services, and
small enough to be walked easily.
Its lakeside park has a beach & a commercial pier.
Visitors to Queenstown
not planning to
onwards to the Fiordland Region can
trips to Milford Sound: using their
car, going with a tour group by bus
Queenstown, or by flight-seeing aircraft
Queenstown. At Milford Sound frequent
boat departures let visitors experience
unique environment close up.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND EXTREME SPORTS:
Operators of all manner of regional activities
have storefront booking
offices in downtown
Queenstown. Sign up for your adventure and
group for the bus/van ride to the
activity location. Organized
BUNGY JUMPING & AERIAL SWINGING: more than a
half-dozen heart-stopping leaps to choose from.
DAY HIKES: The Routeburn
FLIGHTS & BUS TOURS TO MILFORD SOUND
JET BOATING: Shotover Jet,
Dart River Jet.
Mountain Biking & touring; day & multi-day
trips, like the
Otago Central Rail Trail.
MULTIPLE DAY WALKING (TREKKING):
Track & others.
Suspended from a parachute
tethered to a boat on Lake Wakatipu. From
RESTAURANTS, BARS, & NIGHT LIFE:
Queenstown offers restaurants and night life
for every age,
taste, and budget.
RIDE THE SKYLINE GONDOLA:
Take the enclosed
cable car that rises steeply from Queenstown
Skyline complex (restaurant, scenic
viewpoints, walking paths, luge
runs) on Bob's
Peak 1/4 mile above town.
SAILING LAKE WAKATIPU:
pier on the historic steamship SS Earnslaw for
nostalgic cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
especially for local crafts and
in boutiques throughout Queenstown.
Queenstown offers a full
range of restaurants
and cuisines: from gourmet to goulash.
Attractions in the Queenstown Region:
More activities are found nearby, including:
Store has been a
in Arrowtown since 1862,
panning equipment to avid
and casual prospec-
tors alike. Today the old
houses the Arrowtown
Pharmacy behind its
elegant false front.
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ARROWTOWN & OTHER EX-MINING TOWNS:
pursuit of gold and other minerals brought the first European
settlers to the region. Some of their original sites are ghost towns
today. One, Arrowtown, a 30-minute drive from Queens-town, has become a
fashionable community with a living pioneering style.
GLEN ORCHY AND BEYOND PARADISE:
The jaw- dropping drive along the Lake Wakatipu shore road west and north
of Queenstown leads to Glen Orchy, where the Dart and Rees Rivers form
the lake. Dart River jet boats and Glen Orchy horse treks depart from
here to explore the incredible scenery which served as locations for the
Lord of the Rings films. Driving
further north leads into the
Paradise, a pristine valley surrounded by
Four courses (Queenstown
Kelvin Heights and
in greater Queenstown, and Arrowtown Golf Club and
in Arrowtown welcome visitors with friendly member-ships and challenging
RIDE THE STEAM TRAIN:
The Kingston Flyer narrow gauge steam train operates twice daily
service out of Kingston at the south end of Lake
Paradise beyond Glen
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Wakatipu (October - April).
Snow is expected on the four regional
Swing bridges and
manicured trails make
day hiking the Routeburn Track enjoyable
for reasonably fit walkers of all
ages and levels of experience.
slopes during winter months (July-September).
WALKING THE ROUTEBURN TRACK:
complete trek requires three days and two nights, it is
possible to walk the eastern portion of this famous hiking trail as a
day-hike across swing bridges and through the temperate rain forest to Routeburn
Flats and back (4-5 hours).
Some of the world's southern most vineyards produce delightful wines
within thirty minutes of Queenstown.
on Rt. 6 east of Queenstown offers wine tours, wine tastings, purchase
of fine wines, and delightful luncheons. May be done as part
Otago Central Rail Trail cycle adventure.
Top quality inns and resort lodgings in and near Queenstown ideally located for exploring
the region. Home At First's highly-rated
Queenstown Inn is located in a quiet residential
neighborhood only five minutes walk from the heart of downtown Queenstown. The inn
features a superb view overlooking the town and Lake Wakatipu, as well as excellent
service, complete with a multiple choice breakfast and an evening happy hour in the
The dining-lounge with
at a Queenstown Inn family suite.
Airport surrounded by mountains
three-quarter-mile higher than its runway
provides passengers white-knuckle take-offs AND
landings in bad weather, and,
during periods OF
fine weather, fantastic
views of the region's
mountains and lakes.
Getting to/from Queenstown:
Home At First guests most often arrive in Queenstown by rental
car, normally coming south from
Westland, a very scenic drive of 6-8 hours. From
Queenstown by car, guests drive south and west to Te Anau in
Fiordland in 3-4 hours,
in 3-4.5 hours, or northeast to
Mt. Cook/Lake Tekapo in 3-4 scenic hours, or all the way to
Christchurch, in 5-7 hours.
Some guests may fly to/from Queenstown Airport 15-minutes drive from the
center of town which offers frequent domestic flight connections to
points throughout New Zealand, especially
well as international flights to Australia.
Getting around inside Queenstown: Use of
a rental car is essential here,
except for those staying in or near downtown Queenstown who can easily walk everywhere in
the town center. Queenstown traffic and parking can be quite congested.
the Remarkables viewed from
an ascending Skyline Gondola.
The Shotover Jet boat
races the rapids of
the Shotover River through the Shotover
Canyon north of Queenstown. Passengers
report feeling "shot over" at the conclusion
of their extreme boating adventure.
Getting around outside
of Queenstown: Use of a
rental car is essential to explore the greater Queenstown region independently. Once outside of
Queenstown roads are usually lightly traveled. Please note than many tour operators begin
and end their tours from downtown Queenstown even for destinations far from the
including many of the famed adventure trips: the great walks, jet boating, bungy jumping,
and other extreme adventures, even trips beyond the region to Milford Sound or
Rail Trail and the scenic
Taieri Gorge Express tourist train.
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