Glenorchy Road, PO Box 1252, Queenstown, South Island, 00000, New Zealand
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Queenstown weather

by chriztina

I know it's cold at this time of the year. But is the dry cold or wet cold? I'm trying to gauge what toiletries we need to bring.


Re: Queenstown weather

by Kakapo2

Normally it is dry - but if it rains or snows it is wet... I know, this sounds like a joke - but this is exactly how it is. So: If the weather is good it is dry. But you have to be prepared for any kind of weather.

Travel Tips for Queenstown

Queenstown Draws.......

by cnango

Vips from Royaltys to Film Makers & Movie Stares to US Presidents & Dignataries. When we landed in Queenstwon Airport we spotted this Official USA Plane parked on the runway. We later learned that a 5 Star General came to Queenstown to enjoy some World Class fishing on Lake Wakatipu.

Nan's Note: US Vice Pres. Cheney has been known to come here for the fishing as well. but hopefully he will leave his hunting rifle at home ; )

The Shotover River - once full of Gold

by Kakapo2

Now famous for the hair raising tours on the Shotover Jet and lots and lots of other activities for adrenaline junkies, the Shotover river once was the highest gold producing river in the world per kilometre, yielding 12 ounces of gold per yard of gravel.

The river rises in the Richardson Mountains north of Queenstown. Its narrowest and deepest section is the famous Skippers Canyon. Further down it flows into the Kawarau River.

The mother lode of the Shotover goldfields is below Mt. Aurum – the gold mountain.

In 1862, the shearers Thomas Arthur and Harry Redfern found gold at a place which is now known as Arthurs Point (near the base of the Shotover Jet), just 5 km north of Queenstown. When word about the massive finds spread thousands of gold diggers flocked into the area. The road from Queenstown partly up Coronet Peak and then down into Skippers Canyon had to be hacked out of the rock by pick and shovel, an incredible task mainly done my Chinese navvies. 27 hotels were built along 40 km of road – only one of them is still operating today.

By the turn of the century most gold was extracted from the river. But there is still enough left to make some people work through the gravel and earn a living from gold digging and panning. Especially after very heavy rainfall and floods people head for the river with shovels and pans, hoping to make a fortune. Most end up with several hundreds or thousands of dollars – which is not bad for some days of exercise ;-)

Photo 2 shows the Shotover Gorge near the jetboat base, with its overhanging rocks.


by kiwigal_1

Snowboarding or Skiing is a popular passtime in the Queenstown area as there are a few skiifields to choose from. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are the closest skiifields. There are many places in Queenstown itself to buy or hire gear. You can also get gear ont he mountains but it will probably cost you more money.


by kiwigal_1

A trip to Glenorchy is a must do in my opinion for anyone spending a few days in Queenstown. It is a lovely little town located at the tip of Lake Wakatipu and lies right at the base of Westland World Heritage National Park. It is known as the Gateway to Paradise and is the start point for most people heading to the Routeburn, Caples and Greenstone Tracks (hiking).

There is an information centre and a backpackers in the town. There are also some other types of accommodation on offer.
If you don't have a car there are regular shuttles from Queenstown or you can do what we did and take a guided tour. There are many sites around Glenorchy where the Lord of the Rings was filmed so is a must see for any film buffs.

Gibbston Valley Winery

by kiwigal_1

On our drive from Queenstown to Arrowtown we stopped in at the infamous Gibbston Valley Winery. This vineyard is famous for its Pinot Noir although they do other wines aswell. We were able to taste the wines by the fire, the atomsphere was really homely.

There is a restaurant (bookings recommended) and a cheesery on site also.


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