Cool details of Snowboarding and Skiing Wanaka and Queenstown
Queenstown and Wanaka, two beautiful towns in the Otago region will be the venue of Powder Storming New Zealand Tour. The Powder Storming New Zealand Tour is run by New Zealand’s top rated snowboard trips and ski holidays company All-Star Adventures. Skiers and snowboarders should expect an amazing adventure. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown boasts a variety of fun-filled activities for adrenaline seekers. Wanaka, a laid back town located at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, offers fun-filled events for families.
What does “Wanaka” even means? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? What’s remarkable about The Remarkable? Do you realize that some of your favorite flicks were filmed around this region? What are they?
Anaka is a local chieftain in the area and the place — that is presently called Wanaka — came from the term “Oanaka” or “Anaka’s place”. Wanaka’s original name was Pembroke — after a British Colonial Secretary.
William Reese, an early settler and adventurer, initially called Queenstown as “Camp”. Based on an old story, the place was so beautiful that gold prospectors declared it as “a place fit for a Queen”. Some people believe that the name “Queenstown” comes from a town located in Ireland.
The very first person who bungee jump into the year 2000 was Collin Basterfield of United Kingdom. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy.
A 94 year old local of Southland, New Zealand became the oldest person to bungee jump. 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 first US President ever to visit Queenstown.
At the height of filming the Lord of The Rings, over 500 people a day queued at the casting rooms in Queenstown.
Queenstown, Argentina and Chile are situated at the same latitude — 45 degrees south.
Queenstown’s inhabitants are around 18,000 only. However, the number increases more than 100 times as it annually welcomes travellers.
Besides The Rockies, The Remarkable is the only other mountain range on the planet that runs directly from north to south. Surveyor Alexander Garvie coined the name after looking at 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 worldwide.
In 1947, Sir Henry Wigley founded 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 on the planet.
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 10 years, due to the growing tourism sector.
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 collection of World War II aircraft from around the world.
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. It’s situated 300 meters above sea level with an approximate depth of 300 meters.
Lake Hawea is the 9th largest lake in New Zealand.
Queenstown and Wanaka are not only outstanding ski and snowboard location. They’re also a place loaded with culture and history.
The 4 Incredible Snowboarding and Skiing Vacation resorts in New Zealand you should visit
If you plan to see New Zealand, you must drop by its fabulous ski and snowboarding resorts located around Queensland and Wanaka region.
This short article will let you know about four of the finest skiing and snowboarding resorts in New Zealand.
Throughout the popular Powder Storming New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Tour, All Star Adventures takes visitors to each of these resorts and even more. All Star Adventures is the best ski holiday tour company in New Zealand. Open to all skiers and snowboarders, this is a tour the company offers for ski holidays and snowboard trips.
Opened up in 1947, the Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s first commercial ski field. A brief 20 minute ride from Queenstown will take you to one of New Zealand’s most well known ski field. It gives you a variety of terrain and isn’t as jam packed as Remarkables. However, that doesn’t mean it is not worth a trip.
It is the home of the Queenstown Winter Festival and the New Zealand Winter Games. The thrill doesn’t stop around this place since you can ski from morning (First Tracks) till night (Night Skiing). It boasts the country’s largest fully-automated snowmaking system with 213 snow guns.
Are you planning to have a family getaway at Coronet Peak? You’ll be happy to discover that children aged six and younger gets day lift passes for free.
Coronet Peak is slated to open on June 7 until the end of September.
The Remarkables is known as a mountain range and ski field found in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. The ski area has three mountain bowls covering 540 acres with six lifts. The Remarkables has three terrain parks and a snow tubing park young kids will certainly appreciate. The spot covers a total of 220 hectares of skiable area with various terrains. The snowboard lessons are high quality that will make you feel confident. Expect a greater and better holiday resort when it opens its doors on the June 21. It will feature a double snowmaking capacity, a broader car park and even more trails for beginners.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Situated on a high altitude, it assures by far the most reliable snow condition in the Queensland-Wanaka region. It is the region’s second largest ski area — covering 345 hectares of dry, powdery snow and broad, groomed slopes. Cardrona Alpine Resort is known for a good selection of terrain like: green runs for learners and varied blue runs for intermediate skiers. For starters, access the newly developed Cardrona beginner’s slopes, accessible by using a state-of-the art “magic carpet” lifts. It’s got seven terrain parks consisting of two half pipes, four parks as well as a gravity cross course – perfect for skiers and snowboarders who love terrain parks.
The place will open on June 20.
The Treble Cone
Let’s talk about extremes. The Treble Cone has got the longest vertical rise at 4 kilometers and the region’s largest ski area at 550 hectares. Snowboarders and skiers will surely appreciate its field which has varying chutes, bowls and drops. The terrain is extremely beautiful that the Austrian national ski team made it an off-season training ground. Never to be outclassed by other resorts, Treble Cone has large and well-groomed trails for beginners and intermediates alike.
The resort has some cool amenities like a free surface lift for first timers and a day’s worth of hiking to small terrain areas. Treble Cone will open on June 26.