There are various apocryphal accounts of how the town was named, the most popular suggesting that a local gold digger exclaimed that the town was “fit for Queen Victoria”.
Queenstown is a centre for adventure tourism, with skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking and more, all guaranteed to get your heart thumping.
Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski and snowboard at the four main mountain skifields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone).
Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s wine and cuisine centres. Neighbouring, historic Arrowtown features excellent restaurants and bars, and Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world’s southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices.
Queenstown and the surrounding area contain many locations used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Mission Impossible, Wolverine and more.
Queenstown Airport has scheduled flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Sydney year-round and Wellington, Melbourne and Brisbane seasonally.