Queenstown is also a paradise for wine and food lovers and it is reputed to be one of New Zealand’s premier wine centres.
Gold mining flourished here, and its historic neighbour Arrowtown has miners’ cottages dating back to the days of the gold rush. Skippers’ Canyon was the heart of the gold mining activity. Travelling along Skippers’ Road, with its sinuous turns and dangerous drops, is an ... More adventure in itself. Regarded as an engineering marvel, it was hand-carved by men who hung from ropes at dizzying heights. Today, the canyon hosts bungy jumping.
Queenstown’s natural terrain is the backdrop for several other adventure sports. Tourists can choose to go white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, or skydiving — activities that have earned Queenstown the title ‘Adventure Capital of the World’.
Towering mountains either snow-capped or sparkling in the summer sun and pristine glacial rivers make Queenstown a delight for nature lovers. It is a perennial tourist destination, an alpine skiing resort in the winter and home to lush green forests in spring and summer. Spring temperatures range between 8ºC and 15ºC, and in summer, the day temperatures average about 20ºC.
Queenstown is home to about 17,000 people the indigenous Maori people comprise about 5% of the population.
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