Over the last thirty years or so, we (myself, my wife Kim and our son Tim) have been to Queenstown almost too many times to count.
We are actually Aussies (Australians) but we have a close affinity with Queenstown (and New Zealand) and have owned several properties there and in other parts of New Zealand.
Through our website, New Zealand Travel Showcase (www.new-zealand-travel-showcase.com) we promote New Zealand as the ideal holiday destination.
And Queenstown is often at the forefront of our “must see” recommendations.
Is time your enemy?
Unfortunately, our customers have limited time available, and as hard as we try, it’s difficult to convince them to devote a little more time to this stunning, vibrant place.
They rarely allow themselves enough time to truly experience the magic of Queenstown and the region.
Most people read about Queenstown being New Zealand’s “adventure capitol” and usually include a night or two here in their itinerary.
But Queenstown is so much more than just somewhere to snowboard, bungy, jetboat or thunder down some rapids.
Sure we all love an adrenalin rush.
But serenity reigns in Queenstown, and the views alone are enough to soothe your soul. Experiences like a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the historic steamer the TSS Earnslaw, a leisurely walk beside the lake, or a ride to the top of Bob’s Peak on the gondola, will all leave you with an inner peace.
Or take a side trip to nearby Fiordland for an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound. I find myself sighing every time I think about Fiordland and it’s easy to understand why author Rudyard Kipling referred to Milford Sound as “the eighth wonder of the world” following a visit in the 1890s.
In Queenstown, “looking” can be just as fulfilling as “doing”.
After returning home, many customers tell us that they wish they had allocated more time to Queenstown.
It’s a common theme.
So now, with borders open, I want to change minds, and hopefully encourage our visitors to extend their stay. I want them to experience more of what Queenstown has to offer.
Come and see what all the fuss is about.
Dave Curran, Owner, New Zealand Travel Showcase
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