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Queenstown was originally named the ‘Camp' by William Rees. The name Queenstown has two theories, the most common being that it was gold prospectors, captivated by the beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, who hit upon its name when they pronounced it a “town fit for a Queen”. The other is that it was named Queenstown after Queenstown in Ireland (now called Cobh).


Population: Permanent population of around 18,000 people.

Time Zone: 12-13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time

Province: Central Otago

Coronet Peak: Sits at an altitude of 1650 metres (6200 ft)

Remarkables: Sits at an Altitude of 2000 metres (7600 ft).

Bobs Peak: Altitude of 790 metres with a vertical rise of 450 metres.


Size: 291 square kilometres or 180 square miles

Deep: 399 metres or 1309 feet

Temperature: 10-12 Celsius or 50-53.6 Fahrenheit

Wakatipu according to Maori legend means either “hollow of the lake giant” or “heaving waters” due to the very slight rise and fall of the lake.


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