Welcome to Queenstown
Queenstown is a popular adventure spot in Otago, in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. Built around the Queenstown Bay inlet on Lake Wakatipu, this popular urban city is best known for its outdoor and adventure-based attractions and activities. Queenstown was first discovered and settled by the Maori. Nathaniel Chalmers, guided by Reko, chief of the Tuturau, was the first European to enter the area. Immigrant settlers followed in the 1860s. William Gilbert Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelmann were the first European explorers to establish a country farm in the location of the current town center in 1860. Queenstown was named in honor of Queen Victoria in 1850, while the Maori name for the city is Tahuna, which means “shallow bay.”
Every season in Queenstown has unique experiences, and winter is no exception. There are adventures galore waiting for the avid thrill-seeker. No matter what your preferred winter activity, Queenstown has everything for the active adventurer as well as the casual explorer. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!
Getting to Queenstown
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Queenstown is an unquestionably beautiful city from a ground perspective, but there is an entire world which begs to be seen from up above. Scenic flights by helicopter, hot air balloon or plane offer some of the most breathtakingly majestic views of Queenstown. You can choose from a short flight or a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, or you can opt for a full-day trip incorporating other activities, like skiing or snowboarding, to complement your aerial adventure.
Bungy, Swing or Zip
There’s no question about it. Queenstown is New Zealand’s bungy jumping capital. It’s the headquarters for commercial bungy jumping throughout the world. A.J. Hackett and his business partner Henry van Ache launched the world’s first bungy jumping business on the historic Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. Hackett made headlines worldwide in 1987 after successfully bungy jumping from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Since that time, Queenstown has become home to some of the world’s most hardcore adventurers. You can opt to bungy jump or swing from high above the valley floor or use a zipline through the forest on a flying fox at high speeds.
What could be more relaxing after a day of winter fun than a warm and cozy soak in one of Queenstown’s hot pools? You can opt for a daytime soak to rejuvenate your body and mind, or you can choose to wind down after a long day by scheduling a nighttime visit. Allowing yourself to be pampered and gently soothed by the warm waters before going to bed hits just the right spot.