A buzzing, year-round resort town in South Island, New Zealand.

Located on Lake Wakitipu and renowned internationally as a place to seek adventure and adrenaline, Queenstown has been on the hit list for many tourists and travellers for a few decades now. It has become known as the tourist capital of New Zealand, and rightly so!

In winter, Queenstown is a major destination for snow sports, with skiers and snowboarders coming from all around the world. Coronet Peak is a short 20min drive from the centre of Queenstown, while The Remarkables is about 50mins. Cardrona and Snow Park are a little further, both approximately a 1hr drive.

In summer Queenstown has all manner of activities, particularly the adrenaline variety . The area has more recently become an international destination for mountain bikers with the Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club working together to open up a bunch of lift-accessed downhill trails. But the home of adventure tourism doesn’t stop at skiing / snowboarding and mountain biking; here you will find bungy jumping, sky diving, jet boating, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, skateboarding, hiking / tramping, para gliding, rock climbing and fly fishing.

It’s not just adventure seekers that come here however. Romantic getaways, week-long family holidays and stag / hen weekends; Queenstown provides a vibrant nightlife scene and extensive shopping opportunities, as well as many a relaxing activity like spas and hot pools. In addition, there is a 100 year old coal fired steamship -the TSS Earnslaw- providing tourist trips on Lake Wakitipu.

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Queenstown’s Five Mile retail centre “goes from strength to strength” with new retailers open and bus service coming soon

Pizza chain Dominos — renowned for its high-quality pizzas, sides and chicken at an affordable price – opened in Five Mile Place last week with its second store in the Queenstown district. Family clothing chain Postie Plus also opened at Five Mile over the holidays, offering its full range of women’s, men’s, children and beauty ranges, as well as school …

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