Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the rugged mountain peaks of the Remarkables, Queenstown was so named because it was "fit for a queen". In the summer months, Queenstown is all about the outdoor activities. Take in the picturesque surroundings with one of the great walks or mountain biking, see the spectactular shotover river on a thrilling jetboat ride, or maybe try whitewater rafting. For a more relaxing day maybe a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or go shopping in the vibrant boutiques. Winter of course sees the activities shift towards to snow. With 4 fantastic fields on offer tourists are spoiled for choice. Coronet Peak is the closest field to Queenstown, with only a 25 minute drive. While The Remarkables is a favourite field for the more experienced.
Wanaka is a stunning town on the shore of Lake Wanaka, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park. Take a scenic cruise on the Lake, sample locally made wines, or fish at one of the easily accessible spots. Alternatively, venture into the hills and mountains surrounding Wanaka. Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, tramping and climbing are all available in this area.
About 20 minutes drive from Queenstown you'll find charming Arrowtown. Arrowtown is a historic village that during the 18th century serviced the gold rush in Macetown and the Kawerau Gorge. Today, due to strict preservation orders, visitors to Arrowtown can enjoy a living, functioning historic town. Buckingham Street has been preserved in it's original form and is one of New Zealand's most photographed streets. Arrowtown is handy to many great vineyards and several truly outstanding restaurants and cafes within the village.