The town was originally known as Dunstan. It sprung up on the banks of the Clutha River, below the point where Hartley and Reilly made their monumental gold discovery in 1862.
As you enter the town, a giant fibreglass iconic sculpture will catch your eye. It is in the form of a cluster of ripe fruit, calculated to tempt the taste buds. Fruit stalls beside S.H.8 offer delectable confections - this is truly the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of the south.
The town is a little golden nugget - born of gold and still maintaining its original character. You can easily visualise the pioneer diggers swaggering down the street and elbowing their way into bustling saloons, dance halls and gambling dens.
Wanaka means ‘Renewal of the Soul’ in Maori, which says it all. This alpine resort has a stunning location that borders on pristine perfection, with reflections of snow-capped alps often mirrored in Lake Wanaka, framed by lakeside poplar trees.
Alexandra is New Zealand’s ‘Blossom Town’ - a glorious symphony of colour and light, in harmony with the changing seasons. Named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the town has a population of 4,620 and serves as the hub of our stone fruit and merino fine wool industry.
Central Queenstown is a shopper’s paradise! Compact and picturesque, no need to find transport to navigate downtown Queenstown as it is well designed to enable visitors the luxury of being able to stroll around all the fabulous shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, while enjoying the breath-taking lake and mountain views.
As part of the stunning Southern Lakes District, the alpine resort of Queenstown attracts over 1 million visitors each year for the world-class snowfields, bungy jumping and huge array of award-winning activities and stunning scenery that can be enjoyed all year round!
Queenstown is renowned for fresh, contemporary New Zealand and international cuisine, excellent customer service and award winning New Zealand wines. There is a huge range of eateries in the Queenstown area offering an extensive range of menus to suit your taste buds and wallet!
From the moment you drive or fly into Queenstown you will be swamped with a huge selection of holiday accommodation on offer. From backpacker hostels and campgrounds, to affordable motels, friendly bed & breakfast, luxury lodges, boutique apartments and world-class hotels, there is always somewhere to lay your head at night.