'Adventure Capital of the World'.

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, February 26, 2012

We made our way via plane to the south island of New Zealand and what they call the 'Adventure Capital of the World' Queenstown. Some history of the start of the town - William Gilbert Rees, along with fellow explorer Nicholas Von Tunzelman, were the first Europeans to settle the area. Rees was in search of pastoral land, and after an initial visit returned in 1860 to establish a high country farm in the location of Queenstown's current town centre. However the Rees’ farming lifestyle was to be short-lived. In 1862 gold was discovered in the Arrow River, a short distance from Queenstown at which point Rees converted his wool shed into a hotel named the Queen's Arms.

You can see from the video below ("click on it to view") we did the Skyline gondola which is the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere. The best vistas in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama. With numerous observation decks around the complex it offers breathtaking views of Coronet Peak & The Remarkables, over the city and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. Truly magnificent and awe-inspiring, the pictures give you a feel.

  Gondola Quick Stats
  • Bottom Terminal Elevation: 340m (1,115ft)
  • Top Terminal: 790m (2,591ft)
  • Vertical Rise: 450m (1,476ft)
  • Total Length: 730m (2,395ft)
  • Incline Angle: average of 37.1 degrees
 
Movie Facts:
 
The town has also been used as a movie set with the city and the surrounding area contains many locations used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy as well as the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was also used as the base for filming the George Lucas 1988 fantasy film Willow.
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