Queenstown is often considered to be adventure sports capital of the world as well as one of the world's premier alpine resort towns. The town gained world wide fame being the birthplace of Bungee Jumping and the central location of the Lord of the Rings films. The greater Queenstown area has a population of around 22,000 with the population of Queenstown itself accounting for about half of that. In peak season Queenstown's population can increase to anywhere from 25,000 to 35,000 people due to an influx of local and international tourists.
It's impossible to be bored in Queenstown and although it looks like a small town, this energetic city offers a mountain of activities. Whether you're into bungy jumping, rafting, sledging, jet boating or skiing (or all of them!) there is always something else you can add to your to-do list. While your not jumping off bridges or zooming down the lakes and rivers, there are plenty of places to relax, with some of the most trendy cafés in the country and world famous restaurants, you can kick back and watch what everyone else is doing - you might even get some ideas!
Queenstown is no stranger to both local and international tourists so you can expect world-class tourist facilities, but also huge crowds - but that's all part of the fun! Summer and winter are the busiest months, bringing tourists to the water sport and ski seasons, so if your looking for something a little quieter, but still bustling with activities for you to do, why not come in spring of autumn instead? No matter what you decide, Queenstown will welcome you with open arms!
Population: 22,000 in greater Queenstown area.
Airport: Queenstown International Airport [ZQN]
Attractions: Queenstown has so many things for you to do when you get here, it would be impossible to tell you about them all, so here are some highlights!
If you're a full blown adrenaline junkie then your first stop has to be the Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting). Guaranteed to get the heart pumping, the half-day adventure includes all equipment and safety briefings.
The original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown is an absolute must do! Queenstown is the birth place of bungy jumping so these guys really know how to do it! Go from nervous to completely elated in five second with this gut-wrenching experience as to dive to 43 metres at the world's best-loved bungy site!
If you're after something a little less extreme but still a Queenstown tradition, take a Central Otago Wine Tour. The tour leaves from Queenstown and takes you to the heart of the region through the picturesque valleys and rolling vine-draped hills of the Bannockburn countryside and beyond to taste the finest wines of New Zealand. There are multiple tour option which range from 5 to 7 hours.
Transport around city: Buses, ferries, taxis and car hire.
Recommended Restaurants: Saffron [Arrowtown], Captains Restaurant (Queenstown), Winnies (Queenstown Centre), Roaring Megs (Queenstown Centre), The Winehouse & Kitchen (Otago), Wai Waterfront Restaurant, Waitiri Creek Wines (Otago).
Recommended Bars: Bardeux (City), Sky Bar(Queenstown), 12 Bar (Queenstown).
Recommended Hotels: Sofitel, Novotel Gardens, Millbrook.
Climate: Warm summers, mild winters.
Culture: Being a resort town Queenstown is a cosmopolitan place with influences from most major countries around the globe.
Best time of year to travel: All year round: Winter sports season from July through to September. Adventure Sports season November through to March.
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