Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long, thin, Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes. Queenstown is known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. Queenstown is nestled in the Southern Alps and lies close to the heart of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world’s southernmost.
Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown is nestled among mountains and is known as the adventure capital of the world and is the birthplace of New Zealand whitewater rafting, the country’s first commercial ski resort and the home of the ski-plane. Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone are the four main mountain ski areas. Commercial jetboat rides began on the Kawarau River which also offers whitewater rafting for everyone, from family friendly grade two fun, to challenging grade five rapids. Go climbing, bungy jumping, or cliff jumping in the Southern Alps. Hiking to the top of Ben Lomond or tackling one of the iconic peaks like Mount Earnslaw, is all it takes to feel like you’re on top of the world.
Queenstown has matured over the years into a place with something for everyone from beautiful wineries and world class restaurants. Queenstown and Central Otago, both regions make some of the best wine in New Zealand Ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges, vineyards in Central Otago are truly spectacular. Wine production is spread across six sub-regions, including the Cromwell Basin, Bendigo, Bannockburn, Gibbston, Alexandra and Wanaka. Gibbston, located east of central Queenstown along Kawarau Gorge, is the highest sub-region with north-facing hillside wineries. Chard Farm and Gibbston Valley wineries are among the oldest in the region and counted among the pioneers of Central Otago’s wine industry. Most wineries have onsite restaurants and cafes with world-class chefs who’re attracted to the region for bounty and natural appeal. The Cromwell Basin, Bannockburn and Bendigo together account for a majority of wine production in Central Otago. The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail is a good way to experience four of Central Otago’s premium wine-tasting rooms. Wanaka is the smallest of the wine sub-regions in Central Otago but boasts one of the most spectacularly located wineries in the world Rippon Vineyard.
Queenstown Landscape View
Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, offers the best of both worlds. The lakefront getaway boasts just 13 rooms in all, including suites, apartments, and a penthouse. Eichardt’s Private Hotel has been a prominent establishment in the city for over 150 years. Boasting a rich and vibrant history, much of the hotel’s heritage has been preserved. A modern edge is evident in this boutique property with the best spot on the shores of mountain-backed Lake Wakatipu, it’s both sleekly designed and serenely placed. Each suite and apartment frames awe-inspiring lake or mountain views, balanced antique furnishings with contemporary style notes and the Penthouse is the ultimate offering of luxury and sophistication. If the outlook from Eichardt’s Private Hotel inspires a closer look at this incredible landscape, take a gondola up Bob’s Peak. The concierge can also arrange exclusive experiences including helicopter adventures, dog sledding in winter and balmy West Coast fishing expeditions.