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Queenstown and Remarkables Mountain Range

Queenstown and Remarkables Mountain Range

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Queenstown is a town in central Otago.

It is very well known for its adventure and extreme sports possibilities.

This town is just amazing. Whatever you are looking for you can find it here. If you are the adventurous type there are a lot of activities you may choose from. There's bungy jumping, skidiving, paragliding, hangliding, jetboating, horseriding, mountain- or quadbikeriding, ... you get the idea.

Are you more interested in the nightlife? Not a problem. Queenstown is buzzing almost every night of the week giving you a wideranged choice between restaurants, bars or nightclubs some open till the early morning hours giving you the opportunity to wittness the amazing sunrise. Also meeting new people should be a priority in this town. Nowhere else in NZ will you find such a cultural mix and literally people from almost every country.

Besides Queenstown is one of the most beautiful towns there are. It is surrounded by the Southern Alps and located next to Lake Wakatipu which is the longest one in New Zealand. A nice view is provided from the Queenstown Gondola, a must for every visitor. Highly recommendable is the restaurant on top providing buffet for either lunch or dinner as well as a luge ride while enjoying the scenery. Do you just want to chill out and relax for a day? Take a look at the street market taking place almost every weekend provided by locals.

Other than that your main activities will be determined by the season you choose. In summer you might want to try out some of the 1-day walking tracks, such as the Moonlight Track or Ben Lommond Summit Track, or go even further and hike several days on one of the great walks, such as Routburn, Milford Sound or Keplar Track. All of these are more than worth their time and effort.  In winter Queenstown surprises with a variety of close skifields between 20 min and 1 hr drive out of town (Ski rentals and shuttles available in town). Skiseason starts up in late June with the Winter Festival and ends in Ocotber.

By Cornelia Anstock

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Cornelia Anstock

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