Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.
The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the second largest in Otago after Dunedin.
River: is a short
river. It is a tributary of the Kawarau
River, which in turn feeds into the Clutha.
Lake Wakatipu: is
an inland lake (Finger Lake) in the South Island of New
Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago
Region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original MÄori word Whakatipu wai-mÄori. With a length of 80
kilometres (50 mi), it is New Zealand's longest lake, and, at 291 km2 (112 sq mi),
itâ€™s third largest. The lake is
also very deep, its floor being below sea level, with a maximum depth of 380
metres (1,250 ft). It is at an altitude of 310 metres (1,020 ft),
towards the southern end of the Southern
Alps. The general topography is a reversed "N" shape or "dog
The Remarkables: are
a mountain range and skifield in Otago, South Island of New
Zealand. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake
Wakatipu, the range lives up to its name by rising sharply to create an
impressive backdrop for the waters. The range is clearly visible from the
nearby town of Queenstown.
The highest point in the
range is Double Cone (2319 metres) with Ben
Nevis further south in the Hector mountains.
Sound: is a fiord in the south west of New
Island, within Fiordland
National Park, Piopiotahi
(Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World
Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel
destination in an international survey and
is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.
Milford Sound is
incorrectly named, as a sound is in fact a large sea or ocean inlet larger than
a bay, deeper than a bight, and wider than a fjord, while Milford Sound is
formed by the actions of glaciers.
Peak: is a
commercial skifield located 18 kilometres to the northeast of the town of Queenstown and seven kilometres west of Arrowtown, on the southern slopes of the 1,649 metre peak which
shares its name. A popular ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Coronet Peak
offers a long snow season, excellent skiing and snowboarding terrain and lift
River: The name
correctly suggests that this 75 kilometre-long river is fast flowing, with
numerous rapids. The river flows generally south from the Southern
Alps on its journey running through the Skippers Canyon,
before draining into the Kawarau
River east of Queenstown.