Queenstown Flora & Fauna

The Yellowhead or Mohua - Photo by Thomas Mattern, Wikimedia Creative CommonsThe Yellowhead or Mohua - Photo by Thomas Mattern, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Grapevines, deer, and rabbit aside, native flora and fauna in Queenstown is never hard to find. Hiking tracks provide a variety of flora from the alpine tussock lands of the Ben Lomond Track, to the beech forests of the Lake Sylvan Track and Glacier Burn.

Native birdlife abounds including healthy populations of yellowhead or mohua.

And if you park up your Rental Motorhome, you'll find the Glenorchy Walkway which traverses wetlands provides the opportunity to see exotic birdlife like Canada Geese and black swans, and if you look closely in streams you are bound to spot brown trout and numerous small native fish.

Right in the heart of town is the Kiwi and Birdlife Park, where an easy walk through scattered natives leads to aviaries where you will see not just tui, bellbird, fantail and shy kiwi, but also rare and endangered local birds including the black stilt and banded rail.

The Queenstown Gardens, directly opposite the lake from the steamer wharf features several notable trees which tower above its rose gardens, but if you prefer a more structured horticultural experience, join a Queenstown Garden tour, departing from Queenstown’s i-site visitor centre.

Thanks to Tourism Radio for much of the content supplied about Queenstown. Tourism Radio is like having your own tour guide - providing you with audio commentary of over 2000 points of interest in New Zealand. It is available for rental with any vehicle booked on www.motorhomeandrvtravel.com

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