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5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Queenstown

By Wild Kiwi Team
on  March 28, 2017

Queenstown is famous for its sense of fun and adventure. It’s got everything: great shopping destinations, fabulous cafes and restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and every activity you could possibly think of. And not to mention, the stunning mountain ranges and spectacular lakes. Here are five things you might not know about the vibrant city.

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The Discovery Of Queenstown

The Māori first discovered and settled in Queenstown during their search of pounamu, which is a semi-precious stone that has huge cultural significance. The stone was carefully crafted into a number of fine objects and tools including fishing hooks, knives, and jewelry. Europeans began arriving in Queenstown in the early 1850s, but when gold was discovered in the Arrow River in 1862, it didn’t take long for the gold rush to begin.

Queenstown’s Māori Name Is Tāhuna, Which Means ‘Shallow Bay’

Although no one can be certain, Queenstown is thought to have received its English name in around 1863. During a public meeting, a miner stood up and proclaimed the location as being fit for a Queen. It’s a special place, so we can’t argue there.

There’s A Pretty Packed Festival And Events Calendar

Queenstown locals love a good celebration. From seasonal festivals to light projects which transform spaces with stunning interactive art, it’s impossible to get bored in Queenstown. And that’s a fact.

Queenstown Has An Enviously Long Ski Season

Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown is in close proximity to a range of four impressive ski areas, suitable for all abilities.

Wine, Wine And More Wine

Over 900 hectares of land are used for wine production, so why not do a wine tasting and learn more about the local drop.

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