Queenstown is a tourist destination in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s the place where adventure awaits, and from here you can go jet boating on the Shotover River, skiing during the winter, fishing, do helicopter rides, go bungy jumping, ride on the Skyline Gondola, go wine tasting and try any number of scary adventure sports.
The town is built on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by mountain ranges called the Remarkables. The setting is just stunning as you’ll see in the photo below.
The area where the town is now was once a high country farm. When gold was discovered in the nearby Arrow River, Rees, the owner converted his woolshed into a hotel and things went from there.
I’ve posted about the legend of how Lake Wakatipu was formed. You can read it here. I’ve also used the Queenstown area as the setting for two of my Middlemarch books, Assassin and Cat and Mouse.
I like to keep my feet firmly on the ground, which means I enjoy walking and trekking rather than trying any of these adventurous sports like bungy jumping.
Are you the adventurous sort?