Queenstown & Wanaka

The first people to discover Queenstown's rare beauty were Maori jade hunters. Then came the gold miners, in search of another kind of treasure. Today Queenstown and the nearby Fiordland National Park is treasured for its magnificent scenery and adventure opportunities.

Highlights of Queenstown and Wanaka

  • Experience cascading waterfalls hundreds of metres high
  • Kayak on idyllic lakes and fiords
  • Go fiord diving in search of rare black coral
  • Visit in winter for skiing and snowboarding
  • Embark on a leisurely day trek or a more challenging hike
  • White water rafting, jet boating, cycling and horse riding

 

A little more about Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland

Queenstown's compact downtown area is a cosmopolitan hub that's relaxed during the day and huge fun at night. The nearby picture-perfect towns of Wanaka, Te Anau and Manapouri with lakeside setting offers an excellent base for relaxing or a range of outdoor pursuits.

Not to be missed is a visit to the Fiordlands, home to the iconic scenery of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and the less known Dusky Sound. The power of this scenery never fails to enthral with spectacular fiords lined with towering rainforest covered cliffs peppered with tumbling waterfalls; a landscape little changed in centuries.

The best time to visit Queenstown and Wanaka

This part of New Zealand is glorious at all times of the year. Long summer days throw the hills open to mountain bikers and hikers while autumn turns the forested slopes shades of brilliant red and gold inspiring photographers and golfers alike. In winter, snow transforms the region into a remarkable alpine playground before spring brings the spark of fresh green to the landscape.

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