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Queenstown Region Major Towns

Alexandra

Like most other towns in Central Otago, Alexandra began life as a gold mining settlement. Today it's famous for stone fruit, merino fine wool, Pinot Noir and excellent weather (it has the lowest rainfall of any town in New Zealand). There's plenty to do in Alexandra, and activities change with the seasons.

Anglers and hunters can enjoy trout fishing and rabbit shooting.
Try your luck with a gold pan in any creek, stream or river.

Queenstown

Queenstown is treasured for its ability to provide year-round outdoor entertainment - everything from bungy jumping, skiing and parapenting to world-class golf. In winter, the town is taken over by snow sport enthusiasts, but with two ski fields close at hand there's plenty of room for everyone.

Queenstown is the home of bungy jumping - there are several jumps to try. The paddle steamer TSS Earnslaw cruises the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Te Anau

Te Anau is a pretty lakeside township serving travellers who come to explore Fiordland National Park. You can count on shopping facilities seven days a week, access to rental cars and the services of two major banks. Te Anau also offers a good choice of cafés and restaurants. Accommodation ranges from budget backpacker lodges to luxury retreats.

Take a boat trip to the Te Anau glow-worm caves. These caves are geologically active. Fiord adventures can be arranged, including a boat trip, hiking and sea kayaking.

Wanaka

Wanaka attracts visitors who want to find the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and indoor indulgence. You can absorb the pristine wilderness, and know that it will be easy to find a great restaurant for dinner.

Every two years, the town hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka - a spectacular air show that features classic military aircraft.
In winter, the town is a popular base for skiers heading to the Treble Cone, Cardrona and Waiorau ski areas.