Travel

Queen­stown, NZ.

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Crys­talline bod­ies of wa­ter, mys­ti­cal skies, cragged moun­tain peaks and fresh air that prac­ti­cally begs you to breathe it in – Mother Na­ture is at her showiest in and around this pop­u­lar ski re­sort town, a much-loved des­ti­na­tion for mon­eyed trav­ellers and adren­a­line seek­ers alike.

MINTED

It may look like a sleepy ski vil­lage; in fact, Queen­stown has emerged as a play­ground for well-heeled tourists who want ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, worldly cui­sine (there are more than 150 bars and cafes alone in this town of 15,000) and eye-pop­ping vis­tas. Lo­cal tour op­er­a­tors can help you nav­i­gate the nat­u­ral sur­rounds in a style that is pri­vate and posh.

MID

Her­itage Queen­stown is a sprawl­ing, alpine lodge-style com­pound on the edge of the vil­lage. Un­wind in the spa or sauna be­fore en­joy­ing mulled wine dur­ing happy hour near the fire­place at the bar, and a nour­ish­ing din­ner and night­cap at Macken­zies Restau­rant on­site. From $187 a night. To book, visit her­itage­ho­tels.co.nz.

MOD­EST

The town and its sur­rounds are a hiker’s dream – it’s also pop­u­lar with back­pack­ers, so there are plenty of cheap things to do. While away the day with a long amble near the shores of the lake, take a drive of the re­gion to see its beauty up close, or kick back over brews at a lo­cal pub. p

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