So, we arrived safe and sound in Queenstown, NZ, and have spent a couple of days exploring now. It’s really pretty here, and super laid back. The people are super friendly as well!
Today, I want to share some fun facts about NZ and the area we’re in, since I find it interesting to find out details of a place before going there.
- NZ is a set of islands located 1,500kms off Australia’s east coast. The predominate islands are the NorthIsland and the South Island. The capital of NZ is Wellington, and the largest city is Auckland. It was one of the last lands to be settled by humans, and was first settled by the Polynesians, who created the Maori culture, then by the Europeans.
- Queenstown is located on NZ’s South Island, right on LakeWakatipu. It is well known for tourism, especially adventure activities and skiing. It’s population is approximately 28,700 (June 2011). Neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Wanaka, Alexandra and Cromwell, and the nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill. The airport is located 10kms from town, and runs flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
- Some popular adventure activities in the area include skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, luge rides, helicopter rides, hang gliding, sky diving, quad biking and 4wd tours. Other popular activities include steam ship cruises, Gondola rides to Bob’s Peak, Kiwi Haka performances and wine tastings.
- There are 4 main ski fields, which are Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. The 2 most famous are Coronet Peak (25 minutes outside of town), and The Remarkables (45 minutes outside of town).
- Queenstown has a reputation as one of NZ’s best food and wine centres, and is close to the centre of the world’s mouth southernmost wine producing region, with pinot noir being one of the best wines from the area.
- Queenstown and the surrounding areas have been used in the filming of many movies, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and George Lucas’s movie, Willow.