Queenstown é um dos destinos mais apaixonantes da Nova Zelândia. Cercada por altas montanhas, posicionada à beira de um lago, Queenstown é um pólo de aventura, cheio de adrenalina e um senso onipresente de diversão.

Se você quer mergulhar em seu lado aventureiro interior ou simplesmente relaxar e aproveitar as coisas boas da vida, você poderá criar seu roteiro perfeito a partir de Queenstown, a base perfeita para explorar a área. 

Queenstown sits on the shore of  Lake Wakatipu  in the middle of a dramatic alpine range. There are rumors that garimpeiros - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave the name to this now cosmopolitan city.

What is there to do in Queenstown? 

With a hodgepodge of outdoor activities, Queenstown is home to the biggest unmissable adventures of a lifetime. There is skiing from winter to spring, and activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving, canyon swing, jet boating, horse riding and rafting all year round. It is also a renowned cycling destination , offering everything from easy scenic trails to remote trails, road trips to heli-bike and the only downhill mountain bike trail accessible by gondola from the Southern Hemisphere.   

If you don't like hardcore adventure, there are many light options available. Try one of the many hiking and trekking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge in spa treatments, shopping in boutiques and great food and wine.

A popular vacation destination at any time of the year, Queenstown is renowned for its four distinct seasons. Winter brings clear days of blue skies, spring retains snow but blooms on longer, warmer days, summer brings sun and longer sunsets, and autumn an ​​explosion of bright red and gold. 

Get out of Queenstown and the drama of  Central Otago 's landscape  unfolds around you. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, you will recognize many of the Middle‑Earth™ ™ locations here. Nearby, the history of gold mining in Arrowtown is alive and well; visit the Lakes District Museum or pan for gold. At the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu are rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it is a short drive to Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand's great hikes.    

Where to stay in Queenstown

Queenstown accommodations range from cozy hostels to world-class luxury inns. 

Most accommodations have great views and easy access to nearby activities. Staying in downtown Queenstown will ensure that you are close to the city's vibrant nightlife and many restaurants. 

In the Gibbston, you'll find accommodation in wineries, while towards Glenorchy there are many bed and breakfasts and boutique inns along the lakeside. 

Arrowtown is 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown and offers a quieter and generally cheaper alternative to hustle and bustle. 

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