Fun infos about Snowboarding and Skiing Wanaka and Queenstown
As the leading provider of ski holidays and snowboard trips in New Zealand, All-Star Adventures will offer Powder Storming New Zealand Tour in the attractive towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. Skiers and snowboarders should expect an incredible adventure. Queenstown, the country’s adventure capital, prides itself with a plethora of adventures for thrill seekers. Perfectly located in the southern end of Lake Wanaka, is a town filled with adventures, particularly made for family holidays : Wanaka.
In order to make your vacation more cool, discover more about Wanaka and Queenstown. Wanaka and Queenstown are packed with amazing facts. Are you intrigued to know about them? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? What’s remarkable about The Remarkable? I heard they shot The Lord of the Rings around this place. Is this true?
The name Wanaka is a corruption of the word “Oanaka”, meaning “the place of Anaka”. Anaka is a local chieftain. Pembroke was Wanaka’s original name after a British Colonial Secretary.
Queenstown was originally called “Camp” by early settler and traveler William Reese. Based on an old story, gold prospectors were captivated by the charm of the place that they declared it “a town fit for a Queen”. Some are convinced that the name “Queenstown” originated from a town situated in Ireland.
Colin Basterfield of United Kingdom was the very first individual to bungee jump into the year 2000. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy.
A local resident from Southland, New Zealand became the oldest person to bungee jump. He was 94. He jumped at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy.
In July 1995 snow fell for 11 consecutive days in Queenstown and lay on the ground for 14 days.
In September 1999, President Clinton was the very first US President ever to go to Queenstown.
At the height of filming the Lord of The Rings, over 500 people a day queued at the casting rooms in Queenstown.
Argentina, Chile and Queenstown are found at the same latitude — 45 degrees south.
Queenstown’s inhabitants are around 18,000 only. Suprisingly, the size actually reaches 1.8 million as it welcomes travellers annually.
Besides The Rockies, The Remarkable is the only other mountain range in the world that runs directly from north to south. Surveyor Alexander Garvie coined the name after seeing the spectacular view of the mountain range at sunset.
The TSS Earnslaw is the only surviving passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1885 all Queenstown hotels were operated by ladies who all happened to be widows.
The Shotover River is known to be the richest gold bearing river of its size on the planet.
In 1947, Sir Henry Wigley established the commercial skiing in Queenstown.
Set up in 1958, Queenstown’s Kawarau Jet was the world’s first commercial jet boat business.
In 1988, Bungy New Zealand’s Kawarau Bridge bungy site became the first commercial bungy operation in the world.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vertical Limit, Prince Caspian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 10,000 BC were shot at Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region.
Wanaka’s population has practically doubled to 5,000 in the last ten years, due to the fast-growing tourism business.
The Warbirds over Wanaka International Show is the largest “war birds” air show in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a biennial event which showcases a selection of World War II aircraft from around the globe.
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. It’s located 300 meters above sea level with an estimated depth of 300 meters.
Lake Hawea is the 9th largest lake in New Zealand.
Queenstown and Wanaka aren’t just great ski and snowboard location. They’re also a place full of culture and history.
Great Times ahead in the All-Star’s New Zealand Powder Tour
Just recently we had a chance to look at ski holidays and snowboard trips in New Zealand. We found the stand out tour operator to be one of New Zealand’s major tour companies: All-Star Adventures.
The following is a review of the Powder Storming New Zealand tour that the All-Star Adventures provides to skiers and snowboarders:
From August 23 to September 1, 2014, All-Star Adventures will take you to middle Earth. However, the journey is absolutely not just about a magical ring or enjoying a conquest to Mount Doom. It is a trip of a lifetime across world-class ski and snowboard territory and untracked powder snow!
Even Mr. Frodo Baggins envy you if he finds out about the treats that is awaiting you on the ultimate ski and snowboard vacation to the Queenstown – Wanaka region.
Your first stop brings you to the exceptional town of Wanaka. Get settled inside of your comfy accommodation and have a tour out and about before settling in for a nice dinner from one of Wanaka’s popular attractions. Wanaka is home to the most impressive skiing locations in the world.
Treble Cone is the best and the largest ski field area in the Southern Island of New Zealand. In addition, it has the longest vertical drop at 700 meters. Not for the amateurs, it has the highest ratio of black runs in the country. On the contrary, Cardrona (another destination on All-Star’s tour), is known as a preferred place to go for family trips and beginners for its groomed slopes. After having a day of fun activities, sit back and appreciate the freshly baked cookies, homemade ice cream or a beer as you’re watching the best movie in town only in Cinema Paradiso.
The lifestyle in Wanaka is stuffed with energy. Celebrated bars like: Shooters Bar, Red Rock and Fitzpatrick’s Irish pub provide after-dinner drinks and live amusement.
Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure center, has an array of heart stopping activities you’ll ever experience such as: bungee jumping, paragliding, zip lining, skydiving, cat skiing, heli skiing, jet boating and many more.
Visit top notch ski vacation resorts such as Coronet Peak (the country’s first commercial ski field) and The Remarkables. And if it isn’t enough, heli skiing that will fly you over the magnificent Southern New Zealand Alps is included in this expedition. The powder hound inside you will definitely love the experience of skiing down the virgin snow covering the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
The tour will not be complete without visiting the Northern regions where the Lord of the Rings was filmed. Would you like to go where the legendary Hobitton was located? Ever wondered where the Gardens of Isengard is located? Do you know that Edoras — Rohan’s main city — was constructed on Ashton district’s Mount Sunday?
All-Star Adventures New Zealand Powder Tour delivers the best package at the most affordable value. Have a look at the bang for the buck provided to you: relaxing accommodations, a group size a maximum of 10, friendly local guides, 10 days of adventure on snow, a 1:6 coach to client ratio, regular ground transport which includes airport pick-up and drop-off, heli serviced terrain and great meals of two breakfasts and two dinners. The tour has also included a complimentary Rainforest Exploration.
So, what are you waiting for? The tour offers a once-in-a lifetime adventure with amazing locations, warm and friendly folks, great places to check out, great tasting food and fun events you’ll never find anywhere else.