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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.

Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the second largest in Otago after Dunedin. According to the 2006 census, the usually resident population of the Queenstown urban area is 13,062, an increase of 22.1% since 2001. The population of the Queenstown ward at 30 June 2011 is 16,600.

Queenstown, New Zealand

A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking,skateboarding, tramping, Parapenting, Sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Most activities are safe, except for the odd paraglider stuck up a tree.

Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain skifields. Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snowfarm, near Cardrona village.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world's southernmost. The Two Paddocks vineyard is owned by local actor Sam Neill. Neighbouring, historic Arrowtown features restaurants and bars.

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