As the brochures boast: “Whether you crave adventure daily, or just like to have your pants scared off occasionally, you will find what you are looking for” in Queenstown. There’s a vibrant nightlife, with restaurants ranging from steak houses to fine dining, to whole food cafés and Asian cuisine. Locally produced wines have won an international reputation. The area has become a favourite with Hollywood producers — the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine was shot there, as were scenes for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Viggo Mortensen, one of its stars, even took to wearing a pounamu around his neck.