5 Must-Visit Attractions in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it is also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There is bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

1.)        Milford Sound:

Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. A Queenstown trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing Milford Sound. Located on the southwest of South Island, it is in Fiordland National Park. The 16 kilometre length from the head of the fiord to the open sea is lined with sheer rock faces that soar 1,200 metres high from the water. It is often called one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

An inland lake with a length of 80 kilometres (50 miles), the sublime Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand is longest and third largest. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours are a popular way to explore. Head a little further afield to find a wondrous fjord in the southwest of the South Island that continues to inspire and amaze. People flock to the Milford Sound to do some hiking as well as soaking up those idyllic views. Tours depart regularly from Queenstown, or you can make your own way across through a scenic four-hour road trip.

Particularly renowned for its majestic beauty, Queenstown’s locals and visitors absolutely adore walking, cycling, and picnicking along the lake’s elongated shores.

2.)        Lake Wanaka :

Lake Wānaka is New Zealand’s fourth-largest lake. In the Otago region, it is 278 meters above sea level, covers 192 km², and is more than 300 m deep. The original Māori name Oanaka means ‘The place of Anaka’, a local tribal chief. The town near the foot of the lake is named Wanaka. Amid the lake you will find the charming town of Wanaka, which is an approximately an hour’s drive from Queenstown.

 

3.)        Mou Waho

Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve in Lake Wanaka accessible only by boat. See bellbird, fantail, Karearea, kereru, tomtit, grey warbler and weka. 

Mou Waho is an island in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. It is around the same size as the nearby Mou Tapu, these two islands being the largest in the lake. Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve in Lake Wanaka accessible only by boat. See bellbird, fantail, Karearea, kereru, tomtit, grey warbler and weka. 

Buff weka can be found on the island and are predators of much of the native wildlife including mountain stone weta, cave weta, and Southern Alps geckos. For this reason students of the local Mount Aspiring College built 40 small wooden motels for these animals to safely live in. The most remote of Lake Wanaka’s five islands, Mou Waho is about an hour’s cruise from town. 

4.)        Queenstown Hill :

Queenstown Hill, also known by its Māori name of Te Tapu-nui, is a small 907 (2976-foot) hill particularly renowned for its Time Walk trail, which was created in the year 2000 to mark the start of the new millennium  near Queenstown, New Zealand in the South Island. The lower levels of the hill contain housing especially near Queenstown, Frankton Road and Marina Heights. Key highlights of the two- to three-hour hike include rich pine forests, 360-degree views of Queenstown’s most famous landmarks, as well as the iconic ‘Basket of Dreams’ sculpture.

 

5.) Queenstown Gardens:

The Queenstown Gardens are just a few minutes walk from central Queenstown and offer a beautiful and tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle. The gardens are a popular place to relax, go for a stroll, or even play a quick round of disc golf. The landscaped gardens include plenty of places to sit down and admire the beauty of the gardens. Pristine lawns, a large water feature, a wide variety of trees and plants and a rose garden all combine to provide that perfect escape from downtown Queenstown. The gardens also feature a couple of significant memorials. There is a variety of trails in the garden with views of the surrounding mountains and of Lake Wakatipu and the Frankton Arm as well as Queenstown itself.

The most visible large tree species in the garden is that of the Douglas fir of which there are many large specimens. This tree also forms a protective forest that surrounds much of the gardens. There is also a Rose Garden just past the tennis court.

June 16, 2020 11:33 am

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