Queenstown has one of the most beautiful settings of any city in the southern hemisphere, as it is nestled between lofty peaks and a stunning lake. It is the adventure capital of the world, where almost anything goes, from bungee jumping and jet-boating to fly-by-wire and luging. This gorgeous city is also known for its top-class skiing, while a huge number of bars and eateries make for a great night-time atmosphere, filled with extremists of the sporting kind.
Every year in the month of January, the Glenorchy Races features horse racing at the Glenorchy track, with many jockeys and horses from all over the South Island; bareback racing is also on the cards.
There are also lots of other exciting events that are held in Queenstown each and every year. The Arrowtown Autumn Festival in Arrowtown celebrates the gold-mining era just after Easter and into the autumn, with street entertainment and market days.
The Queenstown Winter Festival is perhaps the biggest event of the festival calendar in Queenstown, with nine days of fun street entertainment as well as ski events and the Mardi Gras.
The Spring Carnival is one for ski and snowboard junkies, with a number of snow-related sports and entertaining activities at the Remarkables Ski Resort.
The Queenstown Jazz Festival features 10 days of world class jazz, with more than 100 musicians from all over the world participating in the event. Gigs are held at dozens of venues at Queenstown and nearby Arrowtown, and there are also free workshops, themed events and ticketed concerts.
Without a doubt, Queenstown’s number one asset is its terrain and the many adventure activities that traverse it. Apart from the usual bungee jumping, jet-boating and skiing options, there is also horseback riding, some great hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, snowboarding and zorbing. There are also several wineries in the region owing to the great weather conditions and terrain, while the city itself features the popular Skyline Gondola, cruises on Lake Wakatipu and loads of shops.
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