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Queenstown, New Zealand – a hot favourite

Posted on August 03, 2007 by dorisch

Before coming to Queenstown, I asked friends who had holidayed in New Zealand on which was their favourite city. All of them surprised me with a common answer…… Queenstown! With that in mind, we planned a longer stay here. With so many people echoing the same sentiment, it can’t be wrong.

The first thing that impresses me as I set foot in this well-talked about town are the mountain ranges of the Remarkables and the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu.

We spent alot of time at the Queenstown jetty during our days here. It is a simple and enjoyable way to have a true holiday and for us, a great way to spend quality time with little Clayton. He loves the hungry birds and New Zealand ducks at the waters.

I soon understand the popularity of this adventure capital. The streets are filled with booking offices. You can find all sorts of fun and crazy activities of all kinds! Shopping in Queenstown is excellent particularly if you are an outdoor seeker. There is a good range of outdoor gear so don’t worry if you didn’t come prepared.

There are also nice shops for the serious fashion shoppers. Here, shops are open til late everyday, unlike most of the towns where shops tend to close at 5pm except for late night shopping. You won’t be short of New Zealand gift shops in this busy town, which is said to have more than 1 million visitors a year!

Wow… that’s simply amazing! One shop that stands out from the rest is ‘In The Pink’, this pinkish and colourful shop with lots of designer and quirky knick-knacks from all over the world. It’s a lady’s favourite!

Yet, with all the crowd and touristy stuff, Queenstown is a beautiful place to linger, relax, unwind or go crazy and wild.

A good way to linger and relax is by the lake in the heart of the city. Whatever you like to do, there is something for everyone, even kids! Kids are not left out in Queenstown. There are many kids friendly activities and restaurants. Despite its compact size, Queenstown has close to 18,000 accommodations to choose from. There’s practically a bed to suit everyone from backpackers to luxury lodges, with rates as low as $NZ18 to $NZ2,000 a night!

We stayed in 3 different places over the 4 nights – The Heritage, Shotover Lodge and Garden Courts Suites and Apartments.

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