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Knowing New Zealand Queenstown. Grace, Angel and Holly Term 2 2009. Queenstown. The town was named Queenstown in honour of Queen Victoria as a local gold digger said that the town was ‘fit for a queen’.

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knowing new zealand queenstown

Knowing New ZealandQueenstown

Grace, Angel and Holly

Term 2 2009

  • The town was named Queenstown in honour of Queen Victoria as a local gold digger said that the town was ‘fit for a queen’.
  • William Gilbert Rees was Queenstown’s first European settler in 1860 and the community’s founding father.
  • Queenstown is surrounded by mountains and colourful scenery. Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakitipu, the third largest lake in NZ.
  • Thomas Arthur and Harry Redfern discovered gold in the Shotover River. The town soon grew with many people coming to the area to search for gold and to strike it rich. The ‘gold rush’ lasted until 1900, about 40 years.
  • The closest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill.
  • The population in June 2008 was 26,400 people.
  • The activities that happen in Queenstown are skiing,snowboarding,surfing,mountain biking,paragliding and the big winter festival which takes place in June. It is all about snowboarding and skiing which is fun. Luge is a funny kind of thing to do because it has no wheels and its very hard to steer it. Rafting and jetboating are also popular tourist attractions in the area.
  • Queenstown is the best place in the south island to do snow sports.
  • The oldest attraction in Queenstown is the Coal Fired Steam ship. TSS Earnslaw, that is nearly 100 years old.
  • Wine is another important thing to Queenstown and the area is known for producing Pinot Noir.

Queenstown is a tourist place. You can travel by car or by plane but not by train because there is no railway around the south part or near Queenstown.There are lots of buses that come from Queenstown to Christchurch or from Christchurch to Queenstown. Air New Zealand and Qantas fly from Queenstown.