Queenstown is a region that has always drawn people to the beautiful lake and alpine areas surrounding it, starting with early Maori who came in search of Pounamu (greenstone). European settlers eventually followed, with sights set on fertile grazing land. They discovered a whole lot more when shining gold lit up the region’s waterways! A gold rush sprang up overnight in the 1860s; the origins of an ongoing international fascination with the Queenstown region.
Today Queenstown has around 1.9 million visitors each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience the awe-inspiring scenery, tosearch for adventure, to seek outrelaxation and rejuvenation, or simply to breathe pure mountain air.
In recent times, adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy.
Queenstown is renowned for its incredibleadventure activitiesand spectacular outdoor terrain. Try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerousfamily activities,nature experiences,toursandbeauty spas. With the exception of winter sports, nearly all activities can be enjoyed all year round – Queenstown’s a four season resort with distinct and beautifulseasons.
One hundred and forty years after it was established as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice ofrestaurants, a livelybar sceneand excellentshopping.
Queenstown is known for its exceptionalevents, in every season. Whether you’re into festivals and concerts, sporting events, wine and food, markets or family events, the jam-packed Queenstown events calendar will serve up something perfect for you. Many events are free, most are family-friendly and all are memorable.
Summer days in Queenstown are long and leisurely. The mid-summer sun rises as early as 5am and dusk rolls in around 10pm, giving plenty of daylight hours to explore. Daytime temperatures in summer hover between 20oC and 30oC, making Queenstown the perfect summer playground.
Autumn brings fantastic settled weather and a spectacular backdrop of golds and reds await you in Queenstown in autumn. The days begin to get shorter, with an average 10 hours of daylight. Temperatures between 12oC and 25oC let you enjoy all of Queenstown’s outdoor activities before a long, cosy evening in front of the fire.
Winter sees Queenstown surrounded by snow capped mountains, a crystal clear lake and the bluest of skies, Queenstown in winter is breathtakingly beautiful. Your days can be filled with skiing, snowboarding, tubing or snowshoeing, and winter events before the après ski atmosphere kicks in. Wrap up warmly and wear layers – daily temperatures range between -2oC and 8oC.
Spring skiing, mountain biking, hiking or just relaxing – Queenstown in spring is a time for fun and rejuvenation. The sun hangs around from early morning until 7pm or 8pm, thawing winter’s touch with daytime temperatures ranging between 8oCand 22oC.