Queenstown from Bob's Peak
|Territorial authority||Queenstown-Lakes District|
|Named||January 1863 |
|Founded by||William Gilbert Rees|
|• Mayor||Jim Boult|
|• Urban||25.55 km2 (9.86 sq mi)|
|• Urban density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+12:00 (NZST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+13:00 (NZDT)|
|Local iwi||Ngāi Tahu|
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). 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.