Queenstown is an alternative town in Otago, and is located in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is placed in a really beautiful place on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the third largest in Otago. Even if it’s a small town, Queenstown is considered to be a centre for adventure tourism. This town has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. A lot of tourist and even local people come here to relax or to practice a lot of activities like skiing, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping and fly fishing. Even if this place doesn’t have any picturesque landscapes like big and massive mountains or botanical gardens, this place is always full of people that like to spend their free time in a more spontaneous way. In the last years, Queenstown have become a popular destination which provides adventure tourism during the day and a vibrant nightlife scene during the evenings. Queenstown is also gaining popularity as a honeymoon destination. Here comes the pairs of lovers and spend their honeymoon in an unusual way.
Queenstown is the most well known major centre for snow sports in New Zealand. Here people from all over the country and all over the world are travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Queenstown also has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centre, also features excellent restaurants and bars. Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world's southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices. Here you can also find the finest hotels and most attractive clubs.
The highlights of this town are fist of all the Lake Wakatipu. It’s an inland lake also called “Finger Lake”. It’s renowned for its scenic beauty, being surrounded by mountains. A coal fired steamship called the TSS Earnslaw that has almost 100 years old, provides tourist trips on the lake. The Remarkable mountain range lies along its southeastern edge. The most accessible mountain here is Ben Lomon – it’s about 1,748 m (5,735 ft) whose summit is accessible with a few hours easy climbing, giving magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding area. Also here are Southern Lakes District and Milford Road, Milford Sound / Homer Tunnel, the Fiordland Lakes / Doubtful Sound. Those are the main attraction of this place, and a lot of people come here not for adventure, but to visit that entire unique place. Very popular are golfing places, several of which are rated in the top 10 in New Zealand. The most important are Jack's Point, Millbrook Resort, The Hills, Arrowtown Golf Club and Queenstown Golf Club. Queenstown also now hosts an annual International Jazz Festival.