Queenstown attractions things to do & see on holiday
Arrowtown: One of the most scenic, picturesque and charming settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown nestles on the banks of the gold-bearing Arrow River ( you can still pan for gold here ).
Established during the height of the Otago gold rush in the 1860's you can still see many of the original period buildings including cottages, hotels and churches.
Bordering the town is Sir Michael Hill's Championship Golf Course which is home to the New Zealand Golf Open.
Glenorchy: The rustic town of Glenorchy lies just 45 minutes from Queenstown. The town's backdrop of lush forests and rugged looming white-capped mountain ranges are simply breathtaking.
Nearby Lake Wakatipu and Dart River offer the chance for jet boating and kayaking in their crystal clear waters.
Hike or Horse-Trail through the spectacular landscape of this paradise setting taking in the sights of gleaming jewel-like lakes and awe-inspiring angular jutting mountain ranges.
Cromwell: Despite its appearance as a modern town, Cromwell's history stretches back to the gold rush days of the 1800s.
Wander through the historic precinct to glimpse buildings dating from 1860 to 1900 that depict the town's gold mining past, or visit nearby Bannockburn an old gold-mining site that still houses the ruins of old mining cottages.Skiing/Snowboarding: Queenstown is New Zealand's winter playground, a favourite international destination for skiiers, it's ski-fields are uncrowded with gentle slopes for beginners or more demanding ones for the more experienced skiier.
Adventure sports: The area is a hotbed for adrenaline sports be it on land, sea or in the air. Jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, Parapenting, Sky diving and fishing are all popular activities.
The TSS Earnslaw: A steamship which travels on Lake Wakatipu, explore the destination of Walter Peak Station.
Kiwi Birdlife Park: The best place to see Kiwis in NZ.
Queenstown Events Centre: A multi-purpose sports stadium featuring activites such as Rugby, Swimming, Tennis and Cricket.
Other options include: Golfing, Visiting locations used in Film and TV ( Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Top of the Lake ), Ben Lomond ( climb the mountain for a 360 degree panorama of the Wakatipu Basin ).
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