QUEENSTOWN/WANAKA - NEW ZEALAND
Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range , Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.
Summer burns hot under blue skies before cool autumn morning's change the leaves to vivid reds and gentle golds . With crisp, clear days and acres of snow covered mountains, winter is a time for snow enthusiasts, before nature bursts into colourful life during spring.
The town follows the shores of Lake Wakatipu —a deep blue pool of pure mountain water. Framing the picture is The Remarkables range with its purple-brown peaks topped with snow. Swathes of green decorate the area between town and mountain top.
Queenstown was named because '...it was fit for Queen Victoria .' Certainly it's lived up to that expectation. Today it's an exhilarating alpine resort, perfect for both adventurers and leisure seekers.
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NZstays - Hightlights of Wanaka - Queenstown
Wanaka is located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka , in west Otago . Embraced by the Southern Alps , Wanaka is Otago`s second resort town after Queenstown.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka , New Zealand `s fourth largest lake, reflect the snow-capped peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park . Here you can absorb the unstoppable beauty of pristine wilderness, and know that it will be easy to find a great restaurant for dinner. You don`t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the delights of the park (although any one of a dozen world-class local guides can accompany you to the top).
The township of Wanaka is a magnet for visitors who want to find the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and indoor luxury. There are comfortable places to stay, great shops and eateries—and all the time there`s the call of the wild. The lake, mountains and around-the-year events calendar will keep you looking forward to tomorrow.
The seasons are particularly noticeable in Wanaka . Spring (October - December) brings an abundance of blossom. Summer brings cloudless, hot, sunny days (January - March). Autumn brings splendid colours of gold and red (April - June), Winter brings crisp days, and snow lovers can enjoy huge freedom the mountain slopes (July - September).
In the heart of the Southern Lakes you`ll find the time and space to revitalise your soul.
NZstays - Queenstown Region
In winter, scenery-packed Queenstown is a base for skiers and snowboarders. At other times of the year, it`s a place for adventure and indulgence.
Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites.
Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is a lakeside town near the start of the Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples, Rees and Dart Valley tracks.
In Wanaka you can saddle up a horse and embrace the great outdoors. If that sounds too energetic, slide into a café and absorb the lakeside scenery.
The main centre for discovering Fiordland National Park