Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown

Tāhuna  (Māori)
Queenstown from Bob's Peak
Queenstown from Bob's Peak
Queenstown is located in New Zealand
Queenstown
Queenstown
Coordinates: 45°01′52″S 168°39′45″E / 45.03111°S 168.66250°E / -45.03111; 168.66250Coordinates: 45°01′52″S 168°39′45″E / 45.03111°S 168.66250°E / -45.03111; 168.66250
Country New Zealand
Region Otago
Territorial authorityQueenstown-Lakes District
NamedJanuary 1863 [1]
Founded byWilliam Gilbert Rees
Government
 • MayorJim Boult
 • MPs
Area
 • Urban
25.55 km2 (9.86 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2020)
 • Urban
16,000
 • Urban density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
 • District
47,400
Time zoneUTC+12:00 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13:00 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
9300
Area code(s)03
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Queenstown (Māori: Tāhuna)[2] is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It has an urban population of 16,000 (June 2020).[3]

The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long, thin, Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.

The Queenstown-Lakes District has a land area of 8,704.97 square kilometres (3,361.01 sq mi) not counting its inland lakes Hāwea, Wakatipu, and Wānaka. The region has an estimated resident population of 47,400 (June 2020).[3] Neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill. Queenstown is known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure- and ski- tourism.

  1. ^ Jardine, D.G. (1978). Shadows on the Hill. A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd. p. 187. ISBN 0589010093.
  2. ^ "Queenstown". Victoria University. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)