A town fit for a queen


On New Zealand's South Island is the adventure capital of the world (so says Tourism New Zealand and I don't think this claim is too far fetched).

It's Queenstown!

If the clean mountain air doesn't take your breath away, the skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, skydiving, hang gliding, jetskiing or bungy jumping sure will.

Parts of the Lord of The Rings movie trilogy were filmed around Queenstown, and Queenstown was the base for filming the George Lucas 1988 fantasy film Willow (I'm feeling my age now!). So well, yeah. It's a pretty place.

And the zig-zagging Remarkable Mountains around it as are impressive as the practically four-star (heated!) caravan park bathrooms.
Queenstown might very well be the campervan utopia, but as adventure capital by day it also is a youthful party town by night and Brits often pick up work behind a bar or if they have outdoor activity experience.

It's a bit tricky to get into Queensland, there is no rail for example but it is accessible by road and air, but it is a great location to base yourself to explore the Fiordland National Park and the rest of the Southern Lakes region.

My advice is a campervan, that way you have your own transport and a nature-inspired drive into Queenstown combined with a place to rest your head.

But there are plenty of backpackers and hostels in town if you'd rather skip the driving.