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April 19th, 2014
Q is for Queenstown

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Queenstown is a tourist destination in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s the place where adventure awaits, and from here you can go jet boating on the Shotover River, skiing during the winter, fishing, do helicopter rides, go bungy jumping, ride on the Skyline Gondola, go wine tasting and try any number of scary adventure sports.

The town is built on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by mountain ranges called the Remarkables. The setting is just stunning as you’ll see in the photo below.

Queenstown-1

The area where the town is now was once a high country farm. When gold was discovered in the nearby Arrow River, Rees, the owner converted his woolshed into a hotel and things went from there.

Lake Wakatipu

I’ve posted about the legend of how Lake Wakatipu was formed. You can read it here. I’ve also used the Queenstown area as the setting for two of my Middlemarch books, Assassin and Cat and Mouse.

I like to keep my feet firmly on the ground, which means I enjoy walking and trekking rather than trying any of these adventurous sports like bungy jumping.

Are you the adventurous sort?

18 comments to “Q is for Queenstown”

  1. I am not the adventurous type. I’m more of a wine tasting and ride in a gondola person and I don’t mind watching others fall down snow covered mountains, but I’m pretty sure I’d never be able to do it.

    That first image reminds me of my honeymoon – totally different continent, but it looks very like the view we had in Vancouver :).

    What beautiful scenery.
    Tasha
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  2. LOL – I’m much happier watching daredevils than trying to keep up with them. The wine tasting is excellent in this region!


  3. I found your blog through the A-Z, and I’m glad I did. I love romance, so finding a new romance author is a bonus for me. Nice to meet you, and have a happy Easter. I am your newest email and rss feed subscriber. :-)
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  4. It’s great to meet you too, Debi. I’ve been enjoying the challenge and meeting new people.


  5. It looks like a really beautiful place – the wine tasting and gondola ride sound like fun, but bungy jumping is not my cup of tea ;P
    Sophie
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  6. It’s amazing how many people go there just for the adventure sports. I wasn’t one of them. I went for the scenery :)


  7. What a dreamy lake…


  8. It’s a gorgeous setting down there. A lot of celebrity visitors stay in the luxury lodges in this part of the world.


  9. Thanks for visiting my site. Shelley Munro


  10. It’s been fun meeting lots of new bloggers.


  11. I’m not adventurous at all. I’m the homebody type. lol But those pictures are lovely.


  12. LOL I like adventure, but I also like to stand on my own two feet.


  13. How absolutely gorgeous!


  14. It’s a pretty place in all seasons.


  15. Yeah, I’m content to be the person watching from the sidelines! LOL!


  16. Me, too, Nancy.


  17. Hi Shelley!

    I’ve been to Queenstown. It is so beautiful. But , yes, I also didn’t try any of the adventurous sports!


  18. I love Queenstown and have been a couple of times. It’s quite scary flying into the airport there when the plane flys between the mountains.