Relaxed in the South

There is more to Queenstown that diving off bridges and screaming down slopes on snowboards. There is, according to the Irish Independent’s Mary O’Sullivan, a “super holiday destination” leaving the visitor “perpetually awestruck.” Queenstown is a great base for exploring. Set on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, it’s a young town in a young country. There was no Queenstown until the 19th century ó when gold was discovered, prospectors came in their droves. Queenstown retains the low-key charm of a prospecting town. Places like Arrowtown, another former mining town which comes complete with a mining museum, has original tree-lined avenues and wooden houses have been preserved. Glenorchy is a delight and the starting point of many well-signposted walks and hikes.

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