Queenstown, with an urban population of about 10,500, is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. There are various accounts of how the town was named, the most popular proposing that a local gold prospector declared that the town was "fit for Queen Victoria". It is now known for its commercial tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism.

Queenstown, despite being tucked among mountains and with a southerly location, enjoys an oceanic climate. Summer provides long warm days with temperatures of up to 30°C while winters are cold with temperatures often in single digits with regular snowfall.

Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, attracting skiers four main mountain skifields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is available at the Waiorau Snow Farm, located near the village of Cardrona.

Queenstown Airport is New Zealand's busiest helicopter base, and is also much used for tourist flightseeing, especially to Milford Sound and Mount Cook.

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New Zealand Winter Games

Know more about the sporting extravaganza that is the NZ Winter Games, hosted in Queenstown and Wanaka.

Queenstown Gardens

Discover beautiful gardens, view a mesmerising lake and explore a fascinating part of the world.

Southern Lakes Festival of Colour

Make time for this cultural festival with its enthralling kaleidoscope of artistic events including dance, theatre, music and the visual arts.