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Queenstown sits on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumored that gold prospectors – captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers – gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. It is New Zealand’s fastest growing region.

With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.

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Queenstown most desired holiday spot for fourth year

Queenstown was the most inquired-about holiday destination for Kiwis in 2016 despite having the highest prices, according to analysis of Trade Me’s Holiday Houses website.

It is the fourth consecutive year Queenstown has topped the list for searches on Holiday Houses, receiving 51 per cent more hits than second-placed Mt Maunganui. Wanaka, Waiheke Island and Hanmer Springs were the next most searched destinations.

The average property on Holiday Houses sleeps seven people, has three beds, is non-smoking and has a nightly rate of $315. For Queenstown, the average nightly rate is nearly twice that – $624 per night.

Waiheke Island was the next most expensive destination, averaging $563 per night, followed by John Key’s holiday getaway, Omaha Beach, at $464 per night.

Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin said Queenstown was extremely popular with overseas visitors as well as Kiwis.

“Just like international visitors, Kiwis have a strong connection to the panoramic vistas, legendary hospitality and overall wonderment of Queenstown, and our stats confirm it’s a year-round mecca for holiday-makers.”

Hunkin said bach owners considering listing their property on Holiday Houses should research their area to establish a point of difference.

“You want to stand out from the crowd, so point out some of the unique aspects of the property or the service you provide – maybe it’s the feng shui or the proximity to the beach or the presence of a dishwasher or some handwritten local tips.”

A search of Holiday Houses for Queenstown returned 486 results, with the most expensive being a $1800-per-night lakeside villa. That was booked until January 5 but free after that. The cheapest option was a $137-per-night studio apartment, which was was fully booked until the end of March except for six nights.

At Mt Maunganui, $800 will get you a house bordering a golf course and across the road from the beach. That was nearly fully booked for January. There were plenty more modest options at the Mount, such as a one-bedroom unit for $93 a night, which still had plenty of nights free.

On Waiheke Island, the Oneroa Bay Vineyard Estate charges a whopping minimum $3021 per night. It is described as a “large ultra-modern contemporary beach house located on the point above Oneroa Bay with outstanding 360-degree views taking in the coastal vista to the east”. It still had plenty of nights available.

At the other end of the scale, the charming Bushy Hideout in Oneroa will set you back $110 per night.

NZ Herald

Queenstown’s ‘shoulder season’ disappearing

Lull shoulder seasons in Queenstown are disappearing as more tourists visit the resort all year around.

Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said the organisation’s main focus has recently been to bring more visitors in spring and autumn.

“It’s a very significant focus for us. And we are having a lot of success actually,” he said.

May, June, September and October were the quietest times for the resort but the tourist numbers have been growing, Budd said.

“We certainly seen the numbers grow but they are not near the level of our peak season.”

Australians, Chinese and visitors from the United States were the most regular to holiday in the resort the most, and the time of the year they arrived was changing.

“Its now becoming much more spread out,” Budd said.

Destination Queenstown havs had two main campaigns targeting shoulder seasons.

Aucklanders and regional visitors were targeted to travel to Queenstown during May and June.

“The autumn is stunning in Queenstown,” Budd said.

The September and October strategy was to offer spa, beauty treatments, relaxation and shopping targeting mainly females worldwide.

During those months Australian skiers also come to the resort, as the days became longer and warmer with less people on the skifield, Budd said.

Chinese consulate general in Christchurch Jin Zhijian​ said there were two most popular periods for Chinese to travel.

The tourists mainly visited New Zealand in January and February, during Chinese New Year celebrations and in early October during the week-long Golden Week holiday, Zhijian said.

“Different seasons have different beauty,” he said.

March and April were also on the travel calendar but it was too cold for Chinese to travel to New Zealand and they would rather go to the Northern hemisphere, Zhijian said.

“People are more flexible and have more control of their income so they can travel whenever they want,” he said.

In year ended June 2016, the total international visitor arrivals in New Zealand grew by 10.6 per cent according to Destination Queenstown’s annual report.

Holiday arrivals went up 16 per cent with particular growth from China and America, it said.

The region had a record number of new visitor in a year starting in August.

Stuff Article

Queenstown lights up as visitors pour in

Queenstown vistors growth continues

It was only a matter of time – central Queenstown has its first set of traffic lights.

Central Queenstown’s increasing traffic congestion has prompted NZ Transport Agency to install the town’s first set of traffic lights.

The move comes as the Queenstown struggles with a 15% influx of visitors in 2015, evidenced by high hotel occupancy (92.6%) and room rates (average $209).

Airport statistics show that in the six months ending December 2015 total passenger numbers grew 15% to 830,000, with international passengers up 20% to 265,000 and domestic passengers up 13% to 565,000 on the previous corresponding period.

This is reflected in the number of vehicles in the Central Otago area.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Ballarat and Stanley Sts are the first of two sets, the other at the intersection of Shotover and Stanley Sts.

They replace roundabouts, which have proved inefficient and have been blamed for a couple of accidents involving pedestrians.

The projects are a joint initiative by NZTA and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

The traffic signal timings will adjust automatically with traffic volumes, and they can also be remotely managed to cope with changing traffic patterns in and around Queenstown on a daily and seasonal basis.

This should prevent some traffic queues which stretch back along the main road to the airport.

A Downer crew installed the lights.

The second set of lights should be completed around mid-June before the Queenstown Winter Festival starts on June 24.

There are already traffic lights at intersections near the airport.