Queenstown – Lakefront Oasis, Adventure Capital and Luxury Destination
Queenstown was given its name by early gold prospectors, who not only hoped to find gold, but also saw the beauty of the grandiose mountains, lakes and rivers. It’s “A town fit for a queen”, they would say, according to an article in Billionaire Magazine.
“I am captivated by Queenstown’s natural beauty. It is definitely ‘a town fit for a queen’. As a New Zealander who now lives abroad, whenever I come home to Queenstown, I am in awe — it is truly the most spectacular place on Earth for me,” said Joanne Ross, co-owner of Azur Lodge.
Today tourists and adrenaline junkies from all over the world flock to the region for activities such as bungee jumping, heli-skiing, skydiving, mountain biking and white-water rafting.
In addition to the activities the adventure capital has to offer, Queenstown also offers plenty of luxury and culture.
“Queenstown continues to see strong growth in the luxury tourism sector for a variety of reasons,” said Matt Lines, managing director and co-owner of Seasonz Travel a New Zealand luxury travel consultant based in New Zealand.
Rows of fine-dining establishments and art galleries are seen outlining the hilly streets that look out to Lake Wakatipu.
In the article Billionaire’s Magazine recommends a range of activities: Views from the Shotover Jet “are nothing short of spectacular — steep ancient rock walls alongside tonnes of gushing ultramarine river water.”
The one experience that cannot be topped is a helicopter ride. “Up in the air, Hollywood-worthy landscapes can be enjoyed, consisting of flat green lands that meet sudden swells of majestic mountains, some snow-capped, while a few are decked with frosty alpine lakes.”
Art lovers will also find what they’re looking for in the lakeside town as well in the many galleries including Artbay Gallery and the Ivan Clarke gallery.
Queenstown’s food precinct on a lively lakefront setting is where you’ll find an eclectic mix of cuisines, ranging from Southeast Asian to African.
Tasteful in style, Blue Kanu somehow disproves the fact that tiki houses are innately tawdry; Patagonia is the place to go for those with a sweet tooth and Queenstown’s Fergburger is a long-time hit with tourists.
Article Source: Billionaire, Mei Anne Foo, February 23, 2016
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