Photo of Queenstown, New Zealand

View of Queenstown from the Skyline gondola terminal.

Queenstown and The Remarkables are located in the South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown is a busy town, mainly catering for tourists from all over the world. The Remarkables is the iconic mountain range that you can see from various places around Queenstown.

Being one of New Zealand’s premier tourist spots, there are a lot of visitors in Queenstown every day. And there is snow in winter. We stayed here for a few nights. Queenstown has wonderful scenery – the big beautiful Lake Wakatipu at the a front, surrounded by rugged mountains.

In Queenstown, many houses have been built around the lake, in different styles. Most of these are quite new. There is also plenty of hotel accommodation for tourists. Many people use Queenstown as a base to explore other areas, such as Milford Sound or Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.

Photo of TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

TSS Earnslaw ("The Lady Of The Lake") on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

Many tourists like to go on the TSS Earnslaw – a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer – to have a look around the lake and sometimes to look around Walter Peak High Country Farm. Others prefer to take a jet boat for an exhilarating ride in the big lake and down the narrow (and shallow) rivers. The passengers scream whenever the jet boat does a “Hamilton Turn”, where the jet boat suddenly stops and spins around 360 degrees in one spot. But despite the screams, they’re all having fun.

Photo of The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand

The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand

One day, we decided to take a drive up to The Remarkables. It looks as elegant and beautiful as its name. The view is spectacular. You can see all around the Queenstown and Arrowtown area from various points along the drive. The Remarkables are one of the many places around Queenstown to be featured on “The lord of the rings”.

In the afternoon we went up on the Skyline gondola in Queenstown. This is an enclosed chairlift that takes you 450 metres up to the top of another mountain – Bob’s Peak. Inside the top terminal is where the Skyline Restaurant and Skyline Bar is located. From there, you can see all of Queenstown with the blue lake and The Remarkables at the back. This is a very busy spot. But I’m so glad we made it. This view point has the most awesome views I have ever seen.

We went to the bar for a drink, then stared out over Queenstown and The Remarkables.

Photo of the Skyline Luge in Queenstown, New Zealand

The Skyline Luge in Queenstown, New Zealand

If you do go on the gondola, you should also try the Skyline Luge – an 800 metre luge track that runs above the top terminal. Unfortunately, we missed the cut of time by 5 minutes, so we didn’t get to try the Luge. But we saw others taking their run down the mountainside.

There is also a bike track that runs all the way from the bottom to the top terminal. Or should I say, all the way from the top to the bottom! You can take a gondola to the top, then ride a mountain bike all the way to the bottom.