The resort town of Queenstown is on the southwest side of South Island in New Zealand, and is the largest town in the Central Otago region. The town sits on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown Inlet, and nearby are glacial lakes and mountains with ski resorts such as Cardrona Alpine Resort and Coronet Peak being popular for Queenstown holidays.
Queenstown is a popular destination for outdoor sports fans, offering skydiving, paragliding, mountain biking, windsurfing, river rafting, and bungee jumping. The Ben Lomond mountain is a long hike reaching 5,735 feet high, with a panoramic view of the Queenstown area from the summit.
The Queenstown Airport is a few miles from town, providing domestic flights within New Zealand and to Australia. A busy helicopter base, Queenstown Airport is base camp for flightseeing tourist flights going to Mount Cook and Millford Sound. Charter buses also depart on day tours to Millford Sound, and public buses connect Queenstown with major cities on the South Island.
There is a wine growing region nearby, and restaurants in Queenstown and historic Arrowtown feature products from local wineries. Visitors can take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnshaw, a steam ship that is over a century old. Some of the best golf courses in New Zealand are in Queenstown, such as Jack’s Point and Millbrook Resort.
The climate around Queenstown is Oceanic, with temperatures ranging from about freezing in the winter to about 24 degrees Celsius in summer. Winter brings frequent snow but no accumulation.