Queenstown is a tourist town in the middle of the Southern Alps, in an area made famous historically by gold. With its own international airport, Queenstown is easy to access.
Today Queenstown is famous for its wonderful ski-fields. The Remarkables live up to their name, overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakitipu, and Queenstown. They offer a large variety of skiing options. Coronet Peak is also in the area, and offers a roller coaster contoured ski field, a Skiwiland for kids and a Tubing park.
AJ Hackett is the founder of modern Bungy-Jumping and it is in Queenstown that his first venture took place. You can still jump today from the same location, at the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. The other adrenaline pumping activity that Queenstown is famous for is the Shotover Jet. A fast, furious ride up the Shotover River, in a Hamilton Jet, the boat designed to travel over shallow stoney rivers, doing 360-degree spins, and cutting close to the edges of the gorge is just incredible fun.
Shopping in Queenstown are well catered to travelers. Souvenir and craft shops abound. The best buy in the area is the fruit. In season, particularly in nearby Cromwell, a wonderful array of fruit is for sale on roadside markets.
Day trips from Queenstown across to Lake Wanaka to enjoy the beauty and activities of the lake there or in search of more skiing locations at Triple Cone or Cardrona. Try going south to Te Anau, the Gateway of the Fiordland National Park and the jewel of the area, Milford Sound.