Queenstown takes breathtaking scenery to a whole new level.
Surrounded by seemingly endless mountain ranges, the Queenstown town centre is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. The scenic wonders of this area are well documented but never fail to impress.
There are a number of outstanding walks in the area including the challenging Rees and Dart Track, which winds through river valleys and is enclosed by towering mountains. Within the beech forest of this walk, chances are you will be greeted by some of the local birdlife such as the mohua, kaka, kakariki, or even the cheeky kea (mountain parrots).
The Moonlight Track is another great option if you’d like something more challenging. Begin the trip with a gondola ride, and during your hike you will be rewarded for your efforts with invigorating views of the Southern Alps. You’ll also be able to take in views of the Shotover River.
Nearby Arrowtown is a highlight of the area with it’s village feel and charming tree lined streets. It sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River and there are several tell-tale signs of its gold rush days.
A visit to Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without a vineyard sojourn. In the Gibbston, visit one of the many vineyards and enjoy amazing views whilst sampling the pinot noir the Central Otago is famous for.
Lake Wakatipu is an attraction in its own right with its far reaching waters, overhanging mountains, beaches and trout fishing opportunities. It’s a tranquil spot to get some rest before setting out on the next adventure.