Des­ti­na­tion Queen­stown

Whether you have an ap­petite for ad­ven­ture, moun­tains and fresh air or are more at home en­joy­ing a de­li­cious meal, fine wine and a roar­ing fire, get away from the ev­ery­day and es­cape to Queen­stown

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Nes­tled along­side the pris­tine wa­ters of lake Wakatipu and sur­rounded by ma­jes­tic, snow­capped moun­tains ready for win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties, Queen­stown is the per­fect win­ter hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

Whether you have an ap­petite for ad­ven­ture, moun­tains and fresh air or are more at home en­joy­ing a de­li­cious meal, fine wine and a roar­ing fire, get away from the ev­ery­day and es­cape to Queen­stown.

The cos­mopoli­tan town has a wel­com­ing, vi­brant en­ergy that res­onates across the re­sort to make Queen­stown a unique hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. Big enough to of­fer a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties, ski fields, events, eater­ies and bars—yet small enough to make you feel like you be­long.

ev­ery year from early June on­wards, the re­gion trans­forms into a win­ter won­der­land, at­tract­ing snow sports en­thu­si­asts from around the world with its in­cred­i­ble lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy ac­cess to some of New Zealand's finest ski and snow­board ter­rain and vi­brant après ski scene.

at the start of win­ter over Queens Birth­day week­end (1-4 June 2018) the lUMa south­ern light project will re­turn for its third year in the Queen­stown Gar­dens, show­cas­ing a cu­rated col­lec­tion of stun­ning light sculp­tures and in­stal­la­tions with a fo­cus on trans­for­ma­tion of space, pub­lic in­ter­ac­tion, art, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.

The re­gion’s four ski fields, all within a handy 25 to 90-minute drive of Queen­stown, are sched­uled to open from mid-June and of­fer a range of ter­rain for all lev­els, whether you’re keen to conquer the ba­sics, en­joy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of night ski­ing. With the first snow­falls, you can feel the buzz in town as skiers and snow­board­ers gear up for a sea­son of fun.

Visit Queen­stown at the start of the ski sea­son and ex­pe­ri­ence the elec­tric at­mos­phere of the town’s an­nual Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val (23rd - 24th June 2018). Win­ter Fes­ti­val has grown into the south­ern Hemi­sphere’s big­gest win­ter cel­e­bra­tion and is a true show­case of Queen­stown's unique cul­ture and com­mu­nity, with street pa­rades, fire­works, en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic, com­edy, loads of fam­ily fun, and plenty of moun­tain may­hem, and loved by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

How­ever lUMa and the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val are just the start when it comes to Queen­stown’s win­ter event cal­en­dar - there’s loads to do both on and off moun­tain through­out the sea­son.

The NZ Moun­tain film fes­ti­val (6-8 July 2017) is held in Queen­stown and is a col­lec­tion of the world's best ad­ven­ture films and speak­ers with amaz­ing at­mos­phere and in­spir­ing films. If the film fest whets your ap­petite for ad­ven­ture rac­ing, Queen­stown’s fa­mous peak to peak is on mid-au­gust. This is the south Is­land’s big­gest win­ter mul­ti­sport event and at­tracts com­peti­tors from around New Zealand.

If the thrill of moun­tain climb­ing is what you are af­ter The Re­mark­ables Ice & Mixed Fes­ti­val (17—20 au­gust 2017) brings to­gether win­ter alpine climbers from around New Zealand and over­seas to ad­vance and pro­mote mod­ern mixed and ice climb­ing.

The fifth bi­en­nial audi quat­tro Win­ter Games NZ re­turn to the re­gion this 25 au­gust - 10 septem­ber where Win­ter Olympic, par­a­lympic and X Games Win­ter stars head to New Zealand’s south­ern alps for the first ma­jor cham­pi­onships of the sea­son. The Games are one of the world’s top five win­ter sports com­pe­ti­tions, with a re­laxed

at­mos­phere, friendly peo­ple, sport­ing ac­tion and fes­ti­val fun - and it’s all free to watch!

Gay ski Week QT (2-9 septem­ber 2017) adds its own glitz and glam­our when hun­dreds of rev­ellers come from around the world to Queen­stown for the south­ern Hemi­sphere's big­gest gay alpine cel­e­bra­tion.

Queen­stown is fa­mous for its year-round high-oc­tane thrills so if you’re look­ing for an adren­a­line rush or want to push your bound­aries, there’s ac­tiv­i­ties like bungy jump­ing, jet boat­ing, sky­div­ing, zip trekking, paraglid­ing, dirt bik­ing, su­per­car or four-wheel-driv­ing-all guar­an­teed to get your blood pump­ing!

If a re­laxed, leisurely ex­pe­ri­ence is what you’re af­ter, Queen­stown has some great ways to re­ju­ve­nate and recharge your bat­ter­ies.

Wrap up warmly and ex­plore the re­gion’s spec­tac­u­lar scenery by foot or by bike on one of its many trails. The Queen­stown Trail pro­vides 110km of walk­ing and cy­cling trails which link pop­u­lar scenic spots. scenic walks from down­town Queen­stown range from a leisurely stroll around the beau­ti­ful lake­side gar­dens to hik­ing up Queen­stown Hill for mag­nif­i­cent 360 de­gree vis­tas.

Queen­stown is also an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned golf hub. With six golf cour­ses, three of in­ter­na­tional stand­ing, within a 25-minute drive of

the town cen­tre, they of­fer ev­ery­thing from fam­ily friendly 9-hole cour­ses to im­mac­u­lately-groomed fair­ways with snow-capped moun­tain back­drops so stun­ning that it’s hard to keep your eye on the ball.

Cen­tral Otago pro­duces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world thanks to the re­gion’s com­bi­na­tion of shale soil and sharply de­fined sea­sons. And with around 200 vine­yards within 1½ hours’ drive of Queen­stown, wine tours are a great way to ex­plore the area and get an in­sight into its epi­curean cul­ture and world-renowned wines.

When it comes to eat­ing out, Queen­stown’s in­no­va­tive and award­win­ning cafés and restau­rants of­fer cui­sine to suit ev­ery palate. Along with nearby Ar­row­town, Queen­stown is home to more than 150 eater­ies rang­ing from fine din­ing to fun din­ing. Stylish bars, so­phis­ti­cated clubs, Kiwi pubs and late night hot spots also make Queen­stown’s après ski at­mos­phere sec­ond to none.

For the ul­ti­mate in re­lax­ation, es­pe­cially af­ter a day on the slopes, en­joy some 'me time’ at one of Queen­stown’s lux­ury day spas. A full range of treat­ments are on of­fer and it’s the per­fect way to re­vi­tal­ize mind, body and soul. Or, there are many ways to stretch and re­cover those tested legs, from lan­guid yoga to Pi­lates, or even a multi-day re­treat de­signed to help you re­con­nect with your­self.

Queen­stown of­fers a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion from bud­get to five-star, with in­ter­na­tional chains of ho­tels and mo­tels along­side back­packer prop­er­ties, B&Bs, and lux­ury lodges. Whether you choose to stay within walk­ing dis­tance of town or ven­ture fur­ther out, you’ll find friendly hosts and spec­tac­u­lar views.

a short 20-minute drive from Queen­stown is the beau­ti­ful old gold min­ing vil­lage of ar­row­town and this is a trip worth its weight in gold. In 1862 the cry of “gold” brought thou­sands of min­ers to the ar­row River. Through care­ful preser­va­tion, the legacy of the early set­tlers has been re­tained over time and cre­ated a fas­ci­nat­ing, pic­turesque town where the past and present seam­lessly blend. ar­row­town is now a trea­sure in its own right with quaint tree-lined streets, old min­ers’ cot­tages, a re­stored chi­nese Vil­lage and the lakes Dis­trict Mu­seum which is the fo­cal point for the rich his­tory of the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

To ex­pe­ri­ence a true slice of par­adise head west to Glenorchy, a spec­tac­u­lar 45-minute drive from Queen­stown at the top of lake Wakatipu. Bor­dered by the south West New Zealand World Her­itage area, this tiny ham­let is the gate­way to some of New Zealand’s most epic scenery.

Glenorchy of­fers sev­eral café op­tions with a hearty south­ern meal and ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to suit ev­ery­one. There’s also a vis­i­tor cen­tre, garage and gen­eral store as well as its fa­mous pos­sum fur prod­ucts and New Zealand-made de­signer gar­ments and gifts. It’s a great place to get back to na­ture and en­joy tan­dem hang glid­ing, wilder­ness jet boat­ing, horse rid­ing, fish­ing, kayak­ing, and is start­ing point for many multi-day hikes.

For more in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion on flights, ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion visit www.queen­stownnz.co.nz.

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