While on Your Cruisetour
Don't miss this chance to take in the most stunning beauty of Fiordland on a cruise through Milford Sound. Once called the eighth wonder of the world, the glistening waterway winds through mountains that soar straight up from the sea, with heavenly Mitre Peak first in line to greet you. Inspirational and unforgettable!
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Life on Lake Wakatipu. Formed 15,000 years ago during the last ice age, this long, thin finger lake juts straight out from the mountains, creating one of the most striking sights in all of New Zealand's Southern Lakes District (and that's saying a lot!). At 60 miles long (and just 3.5 miles at its widest point), Lake Wakatipu's shores provide endless recreational opportunities - including the simple act of admiring some of Mother Nature's finest handiwork.
Queenstown's reputation as "the adventure capital of the world" is well deserved. During the winter months, it's a skier's mecca. But think of any other outdoor activity (and we do mean any) and you'll find it here, including jet boating, mountain biking, heli-mountain biking, paragliding, skydiving and no less than four variations on the bungee jump. It's easy to get caught up in all the adrenaline, but if you prefer your thrills a little milder (and closer to terra firma), there's always golf, cricket or a good old-fashioned tramp in the woods.
Shopping for Bargains
Downtown Queenstown is a quaint and compact place to shop, and you'll find all the best international labels here as well as the most cutting-edge regional designs. And don't forget, you're in the heart of sheep farm country which means easy access to the finest New Zealand wool. Whether you take yours ready-made or in the form of a few skeins to whip up yourself.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
If you're an oenophile, you're in luck. Queenstown's proximity to Central Otago, the world's southernmost wine-producing region, means an abundance of premium varieties, especially Pinot Noir - a must-sip while you're here. And of course, where fine wines flow fine cuisine is sure to follow. For the ultimate gourmet experience, spend a relaxing day touring wine country. Or head to neighboring Arrowtown, a picture-postcard historic town filled with top-notch restaurants.
Currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are everywhere. Moneychangers are widely available so don't expect any real trouble converting currency or travelers checks, but do shop around for the best rates.
Weather in Queenstown, New Zealand
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