With a backdrop of snow capped mountains, blue lakes and pristine Alpine scenery Queenstown in Otagao, New Zealand’s South Island is the ideal holiday destination drawing 1.9 million visitors a year looking for fun and adventure in this centre of adventure tourism. In addition to bungee jumping, white water rafting, mountain biking, skateboarding and winter sports of all sorts the town is also a shopping destination and the centre of a vibrant night life.
With a steady stream of visitors swamping Queenstown throughout the year it is no wonder that shopping has assumed a place of importance in the city. Browsing around the local shops and the many glitzy malls offering a diverse range of merchandise that cater to every taste, is an interesting experience and a change from the adventure sports circuit.
Central Queenstown offers plenty of shopping options from the latest high fashions to high street brands, unique traditional crafts, woolen and sheepskin clothing, jewellery, excellent regional wines to adventure equipment. The Queenstown Mall, a tree lined open air pedestrianised shopping area is a favourite visitor destination with shops stocking everything an intrepid holiday shopper might want. Highlights include specialty shops selling hand knitted merino wool garments, investment quality opal jewellery, local confectionary, honeys and jams and exclusive men and women’s clothing.
The cluster of shops at Steamer Wharf and O’Connells Shopping Centre on Beach Street offers a mixture of shops selling fashion accessories, leisure clothing, jewellery, outdoor equipment and contemporary art at the Queenstown Arts Centre interspersed with cafes and coffee shops. The Fine Art Gallery in Church Lane is said to have an excellent collection of original art, sculpture, ceramic and glass items to win the hearts of souvenir hunters looking for that exclusive item.
Beautifully located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by great scenery Kingsgate Hotel Terraces Queenstown provides spacious, well equipped comfortable rooms with private balconies; some of the best accommodation Queenstown New Zealand to enjoy the many attractions and activities the city has to offer. A popular choice among many visitors to the area, this hotel Queenstown New Zealand is the ideal place to spend a much coveted vacation.