Queenstown Geography

 Lake Wakatipu and Remarkable Mountains - Photo by Donaldytong, Wikimedia Creative Commons Lake Wakatipu and Remarkable Mountains - Photo by Donaldytong, Wikimedia Creative Commons

And so it seems that Queenstown has always lured man, be it for moa, pounamu, grazing, or gold; these days it’s for its dramatic scenery and in the last 30 years Queenstown has grown from a sleepy lakeside town into a sophisticated year-round tourist Mecca, where the mechanical wizardry of Kiwis, combined with the landscape provide an unrivalled range of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Queenstown is centrally located in the Southern Lakes, a region of distinct topography, with high jagged mountains, rocky bluffs, tussock-covered slopes, and deep lakes. The Remarkables, the Eyre, Richardson and the Crown Range provide a breathtaking backdrop to the lake, and are home to some of the largest ski fields in the South Island.

Mineral-wealth is present in the form of gold and pounamu and at the head of the lake the mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Site loom, dominated by Mount Aspiring at 3,030 metres. The park offers unrivalled opportunities for hiking, tramping and fishing in an area of unspoiled wilderness.

The serpentine shape of Lake Wakatipu itself, was formed some 500,000 years ago by the constant bulldozing affect of glaciers, and uniquely its level rises and falls throughout the day in response to variations in temperature and atmospheric pressure.

Queenstown and the Southern Lakes certainly provide a spectacular backdrop for your Queenstown campervan rental adventure!

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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