Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most famous urban areas. There are several reasons for this, key among them the scenic sites in the town. The current population is 41,000 in a 25 square kilometre area. Queenstown has a rich history dating back to 1863. It has been growing on different fronts, pipping Oamaru to the position of Otago’s second-largest urban area in 2016.
Queenstown is undoubtedly scenic. Its location right next to a Z-shaped glacial lake forms the very first beautiful site right on the town’s doorstep. From the town, you can see the ranges of Queenstown Hill, Cecil Peak, The Remarkables, and Walter Peak. These are great places that can be viewed from a distance. Venturing deep into the area reveals numerous other amazing features to be seen and enjoyed.
Queenstown is a perfect destination for an outdoor enthusiast. Within the many mountainous areas and lakes, there are plenty of thrilling adventures to take part in. From simple activities such as swimming, hiking, and mountain climbing to daredevil activities like bungee jumping, there is never a shortage of things to do. The Kawarau suspension bridge is an especially renowned spot where only the most daring jumpers will take the plunge.
There are numerous accommodation options for Queenstown visitors. Depending on preference, you can put up in a hotel, hostel, or bed and breakfast. The use of the online accommodation app Airbnb has been growing steadily in the area, with homeowners continually opening their doors to visitors. Some of the town’s great hotels include the Hilton Queenstown Resort, QT Queenstown, Sofitel, and Rees Hotel. Most accommodation options can be found online and booked remotely.
Best Visiting Time
Queenstown is busiest in the warm summer months of December to February. Ski and snow lovers will love it between June and October. Events such as the Bike Festival (March), Autumn Festival (April), and Winter Festival (June/July) are excellent visiting times too.