I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I didn’t know that Queenstown was not a city, but rather an actual town (like its name suggests), until I arrived fresh off the plane. I found it to be a small and busy town, located in the middle of beautiful mountain and lake surroundings, which is stuffed with many facilities to cater for the many tourists that come here all year round. There is an abundance of shops (mostly outdoor and gear rental shops), many food and drink establishments to satisfy all tastes and budgets, and a tonne of tourist information and activity operators. Queenstown offers things to keep everyone interested in sticking around, even in the summer when the famous skiing slopes are bare.
In addition to preparing for the Milford Track, our time in Queenstown was spent indulging in delicious food, shopping, riding the Skyline Gondola, Shotover Jet Boating, skydiving, and walking up and down the steep streets. When we finally got our rental car, we also used it as a base to take day trips out to Glenorchy, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley.