1862 was the year gold was discovered in this picturesque yet sleepy township of Queenstown and many embarked on an adventure to travel all the way to find their piece of luck. Fast forward to 1988 AJ Hackett launched the world’s first ever commercial bungy off the Kawarau bridge and a new breed of adventure enthusiasts started flocking this township.
Queenstown is regarded as the ‘Mecca of Adventure Tourism’. It is an apt title for a town that ranges from jumping out of an airplane, speeding down narrow river gorges in a custom-built jet boat, immersing in the crazy nightlife, indulging in vast golfing expanses to 4WDing the best locations of Lord of the Rings movies and zip lining down a mountain face.
It invites one, it invites all. Age is not important your heart is. Wine lovers find this place a haven for some of the world’s best pinots served with authentic kiwi cuisines. Queenstown is an amalgamation of various cultures. The service industry is built on Kiwi Hospitality values delivered by smiling faces from all over the globe.
If you are a back packer, a flash packer, a campervan driver or a celebrity, you are welcome, you are all welcome. It has something magic for everybody. Go back in time and cruise the 100 year old steamship on the lake or take a tour one of the world’s most beautiful drives in a chauffeur driven fully electric car. Queenstown is the gateway to world famous Milford Sound fiords.
Finally what time of the year should one visit Queenstown? If you are a winter bunny obviously stick to the winter months June – September for some amazing snow action. Otherwise, Queenstown is a year around destination with more than 230 activities and endless social events on the calendar.
The mountains are calling, will you answer?
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