Queenstown, New Zealand

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Panorama of the view from the Remarkables back toward Frankton airport (Queenstown airport).
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The view from the Skyline Gondola, looking south across Queenstown Bay. The water between the two peninsulas is the Frankton Arm, leading to the lake's outlet to the Kawarau river (off left)
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Sunrise in Queenstown, New Zealand, a popular holiday resort

Queenstown, New Zealand is a resort town in Otago, in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It has access to four world-class ski fields, and is surrounded by New Zealand's Southern Alps. The town was named because it was "...fit for Queen Victoria". New Zealanders sometimes refer to Queenstown as "Vegas by the Lake".

According to the 2001 census the usually resident population of the Queenstown urban area (including Frankton and Kelvin Heights) is 8535, an increase of 19.3% since 1996. The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, but for some administrative purposes is considered part of Southland.

Built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin "S"-shaped lake, its neighbouring towns and districts include Arrowtown, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Invercargill and Dunedin.

A resort town, Queenstown is a centre for adventure tourism. Skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping and tramping are all strong promotional themes.

Another reason that people travel to Queenstown is because of its reputation as a wine and food centre. Neighbouring Arrowtown features excellent restaurants and bars, and Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices.

Along with Mount Ruapehu, Queenstown is a centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and the rest of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain skifields (Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone).

Transport

Queenstown airport was controversially upgraded in the 1990s to be able to handle jet aircraft, including international flights from Australia. A side effect was that Air New Zealand fitted 'hush kits' to its entire fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. Queenstown airport is also New Zealand's busiest helicopter base.

Road access is via State Highway 6 which connects from Cromwell to the east via the winding and slip-prone Kawarau gorge, and to the south via the lake shore to Lumsden and Invercargill. A notoriously difficult road over the Crown Range leads to Cardrona skifield and Wanaka, and is New Zealand's highest public road.

Highlights

The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown
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The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown

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