Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ski the Slopes In Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere's premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising.

With such a huge range of activities in Queenstown, no two days will ever be the same. You can choose activities such as skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, helicopter flights, taking a wild ride on a jetboat or relax and try some of the best wines in the world.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Milford Sound which is absolutely breathtaking,  or go by 4WD and explore the "Lord of the Rings" country. Whatever your appetite for adventure or exploration, Queenstown has something for everyone.

The winter months is when Queenstown really shines. It's a beautiful town nestled in the southern alps of New Zealand and is a mecca for international tourists all year long. Because of its popularity as a great destination, accommodation is booked up quickly, so looking for a great deal during the ski season means that you will have to book months in advance. There are always plenty of different options to choose from as far as your accommodation is concerned, so take the opportunity to compare prices and get the best deal.

One of the major winter attractions is skiing and Queenstown has some of the best skiing to be found anywhere. Tourism is quieter during winter as the main focus is on skiing and Queenstown is within easy reach of Coronet Peak ski resort (20 minutes away) and The Remarkables ski resort (40 minutes away). The skiing at Queenstown is great for all skiiers as the weather seems to be much more stable, giving skiiers every opportunity to get out on the slopes. Added to this is the fact that these two ski resorts rarely close, because the weather is so favourable. The scenery from the top of Coronet Peak will take your breath away so be sure to visit even if you don't ski.

After a full day on the slopes it's great to relax and enjoy a hearty meal and Queenstown has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Even if you're not a skiier and just want to admire the beautiful scenery, there are many places to go such as Arrowtown, which is only 20 minutes drive from Queenstown. Arrowtown is a former gold mining town and has a rich history which will make it a delight to explore either walking or biking as it is regarded as one of the best areas in Wakatipu to do so.

Take a trip on the lake in a 100 year old coal fired steamship called the TSS Earnslaw or maybe you'd just like to sit in front of a roaring fire and enjoy the company around you, or explore this quaint little town, whatever you find to do in this amazing place, Queenstown is a beautiful town and I can almost guarantee that you will find it hard to leave.