Queenstown

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Arrowtown is located on the banks of the Arrow River approximately 5 km from State Highway 6. There is also road access directly to Queenstown via the Shotover Gorge and a third route via the picturesque Lake Hayes.During the high point of the gold rush the population of Arrowtown rose to over 7,000 and became the center of a larger municipality, which covered the new settlements of Macetown, Skippers and Bullendale (today only ghost towns). Arrowtown was constituted as a borough in 1867 [1] and became part of the Queenstown-Lakes District in the local government reorganisation of 1989.

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Arrowtown
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Haka Pa Maori Village

The outstanding Haka Pa Maori Village gives visitors a chance to experience New Zealand as it may have been before Europeans arrived. Tourists are welcomed by a terrifying warrior's challenge, and then treated to a show of traditional skills and music, before being given a sumptuous feast cooked in a hangi oven. Closer to Queenstown, Kiwi Haka offers some similar experiences.

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Haka Pa Maori Village
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Kiwi Birdlife Park

Although New Zealand has no native mammals, it does have some truly amazing birds, many of which are on show in this wildlife park. Star attractions include kiwi birds and tuatara, members of a unique 200-million-year-old reptile species, which has a primitive 'third eye' (a patch of light-sensitive cells) on the top of its head. You can watch kiwis being fed four times a day.

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Kiwi Birdlife Park
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Lake Wakatipu Walks And Trails

A number of excellent walking tracks surround Queenstown, ranging from the tough Ben Lomond Summit Track, which provides spectacular panoramic views, to the easy Frankton Arm Walkway, a walk along the Lake Wakatipu shoreline with great views of the Remarkables. For those feeling a little less energetic, Queenstown Gardens, at the end of Rees Street, is a tranquil space with equally beautiful views.

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Lake Wakatipu Walks And Trails
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Milford Sound

The majestic Milford Sound is just within reach for a long day trip from Queenstown. Here visitors can experience the impressive landscape of cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. If budget is not a factor, airborne trips are much faster as they avoid the circuitous road around the Remarkables. Milford Sound is part of the 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest national park. Popular activities in the park include hiking, sea kayaking, diving, cycling, golf, fishing and sailing. The Milford Track, which stretches some 53.5km (33 miles) from Glade Wharf to Sandfly Point, has been described as the finest walk in the world, taking visitors on a rugged, alpine journey through the park's most breathtaking scenery. Visitors should, however, note that a permit is required for the track and these must be booked through the Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

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Milford Sound
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Underwater Observatory

Check out the underwater inhabitants of Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown Underwater Observatory. Diving ducks, massive trout and slinky eels mix and mingle just metres from the lakeshore. Conveniently located on the Main Town Pier at the lake end of the Mall, Underwater Observatory offers fascinating and informative entertainment for all ages in all weather. Informative story boards tell the Maori mythological history of the lake and the 40 year history of Kawarau Jet while feeding the fish offers excitement for the fish as well as the viewers.

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Underwater Observatory
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