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Visit Queenstown
This is a beautiful little resort town on the northeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, an undulating crystal beauty in a glacial bed 53 miles long and 1280 feet deep. The shimmering surface lifts and falls three inches every five minutes, a phenomenon known as seiche action, but to the early Maoris, this was attributed to the heartbeat of the giant sleeping below. The peaks of the Remarkables surround the town and are always covered with snow. Hotel booking is recommended in advance... anytime of the year. Buses leave from the airport and go to city center. At departure, buses leave 40 minutes prior to flight time.

Marine Parade is the street fronting the bay, flanked by two early hotels (pubs).

Beach Street ends at the lake where one can walk onto a pier and wharf. Handsome public gardens occupy the peninsula to the south.

The Mall: for pedestrians only, where one will find all the booking and information agencies, the major shops, the post office, and the starting point for all tours.

Cruises: Jet Boat through the huge boulders and over the frothy white rapids of the Shotover River with drivers who jockey their jet boat with flair. Take a hydrofoil, a 20-minute short trip, leaving from the Main Tower. Take the slow Lady Of The Lake, a steamship dating from 1912 - from one to three hours.

Gondola ride to Skyline Point (Bob's Peak) for the most photographed view of Queenstown. On top is a restaurant and Lounge. The gondola runs from 10 AM to 5 PM

Arrowtown: 12½ miles northeast of Queenstown, is a gold-mining town that boomed through the 1860's. The settlement retains many original buildings.

Royal Oak Hotel: is a must... the oldest licensed hotel, from 1892.

High Country Crafts ... leather, woven and wooden handicrafts.

Gold Nugget Souvenir Shop ... surprisingly good prices - rummage a bit.

Government Gardens: These gardens extend along a peninsula occupying one side of the bay and present a colorful display of flowers, lily ponds, shrubs, and trees.
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