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Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island, Queenstown is a small town that caters mainly to tourists.  Besides Lake Wakatipu, there are several amazing attractions in and around Queenstown. The mountain range aptly named The Remarkables is situated near Queenstown and is visible from the city.

The main attractions within Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, are reachable by car or bus. Many tour bus operators operate daily trips to these attractions.

Queenstown is an hour’s flight from Auckland. Air New Zealand has frequent flights to Queenstown from Auckland.

A street in Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a reversed N, the Lake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand. But area-wise it is the third largest because of its narrow arms. It is in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. The water flows into the lake on the northern end from the Dart River and flows out of the lake from the Frankton Arm through the Kawarau River in the southern end.

Views from Bob’s Peak

You can get spectacular views of the lake from Bob’s Peak, which is 450 meters above Queenstown. To go there, you can hop into the Skyline Gondola, which is a cable car that runs from Queenstown to Bob’s Peak.

Views of the lake from Bob’s peak near Queenstown

Arial View

The images below show the aerial views of the lake taken from the plane during the flight from Auckland to Queenstown.

Arial views of the lake


Lake Wakatipu beach in Queenstown, New Zealand


The image shows the Queenstown harbor located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It has a nice boardwalk and there are restaurants with a view of the lake.

Jetty in Queenstown

Water Taxi Ride

The water taxi is a shuttle service that runs every hour between Kawarau Village and Queenstown. The ten minutes ride is cheap (NZD $10) and convenient for the people residing in the Kawarau Village, which hosts two hotels: Hilton and Double Tree Hilton. The scenery along the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu is spectacular.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables mountain range is part of Queenstown landscape.

The Remarkables – A view from the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu

View from Bob’s Peak

The image below shows a view of The Remarkables as seen from Bob’s Peak in Queenstown. At the near end is Queenstown. In between The Remarkables and Queenstown is Lake Wakatipu. The narrow stretch of the lake on the left is the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu.

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