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50 words Queenstown, New Zealand – feel the inspiration

Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine destination. Queenstown is known for its breath taking scenery, vast range of experiences, cosmopolitan vibe and friendly local hosts. Queenstown is the perfect escape; reinvigorate your body, mind and spirit in our stunning place. 

 

250 words Queenstown, New Zealand – feel the inspiration

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, Queenstown is the beating heart of the Wakatipu Basin. 

The compact, and cosmopolitan town centre is the base from which to explore the region, with a range of accommodation to suit all travellers.

The lake takes centre stage here, with a number of on-water activities available from parasailing to cruising on a vintage steam ship or a state-of the art catamaran—or travel around the lake, driving our scenic roads to Glenorchy or Kingston.

Test your skills on world-class golf courses, explore scenic trails on foot or bike, sample award-winning Central Otago wines and local cuisine, enjoy a spa treatment or browse the town’s many shops and galleries. 

From season to season there’s a lot to look forward to, the longer days of summer where you can fit in a life-time’s adventure in one day, or the crisp days of autumn where the spectacular changing colours of the trees are on show.

Then in winter the region transforms into a snow paradise, attracting skiers and boarders from around the world to the four ski areas all located within two-hours’ drive of Queenstown. The beginning of the season is heralded with the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival held in late June. And in spring-time there’s the best of both worlds, sublime blue bird days on the ski fields, and warmer weather brings on the fresh growth of the spring season, perfect conditions to explore our hiking and biking trails.

 

500 words Queenstown, New Zealand – feel the inspiration

Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is world famous for its breathtaking scenery, vast range of experiences, relaxed vibe and friendly people.

With a reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort, Queenstown offers so much choice that no two days need ever be the same... and you'll leave feeling inspired and revitalised.

The cosmopolitan town has the perfect mix of action and relaxation whether you’re looking for family fun, romance, re-energisation, or adrenaline-fuelled adventure. In fact, as the birthplace of world-first innovations like jet boating and bungy jumping there’s no better place than Queenstown to challenge yourself!

Queenstown is also home to several internationally renowned golf courses, fantastic fishing and water sports, superb biking and walking trails and a variety of other invigorating outdoor pursuits. It’s also the world’s southern most wine-producing region so sampling a divine drop of local award-winning local Pinot Noir is a must.

Some of the region’s most famous attractions like the picturesque historic goldmining village of Arrowtown, Glenorchy’s epic Lord of the Rings scenery, and Milford and Doubtful Sounds are all an easy drive away.

From June to September each year the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow lovers from around the world with its stunning snow capped mountains, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to four areas or a Nordic snow park, and range of events.

Springtime combines the best of both worlds - warmer temperatures, longer days and fresh, bright colours transform the landscape but there’s still plenty of snow on the mountains for great spring skiing and riding.

In summer the sun rises at 5am and sets as late as 10pm so there’s plenty of time to get out and enjoy Queenstown’s natural adventure playground. People are out in force sunbathing on the beaches, swimming, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, rafting and kayaking on the lake and surrounding rivers. It’s also peak season to enjoy the region’s internationally renowned hiking and biking trails and there’s a range to suit all ages and abilities.

As the season changes to autumn the landscape bursts into a spectacular blaze of red and gold. Temperate weather and a more relaxed pace makes Queenstown the perfect getaway to relax and recharge the batteries. While mornings and evenings are crisp, the warm days provide the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy activities at your leisure.

With more than 150 indoor and outdoor cafes, bars, restaurants and wineries offering cuisine to please every palate, fine dining to fun dining is covered. Nightlife is busy and vibrant with an eclectic mix of stylish bars and sophisticated clubs, Kiwi pubs and late night hot spots.

Throughout the year the region has an action-packed calendar of arts, cultural and sporting events including the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, Audi quattro Winter Games, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival, the Air New Zealand Queenstown Marathon, and international concerts.

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