The jewel in the crown of New Zealand's South Island -
Queenstown - and the Southern Lakes region are among the world's
Top 10 recommended regions to visit, according to Lonely Planet's
Best in Travel 2012, published today.
Responding to the prestigious listing, Tourism New Zealand's
Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said the recognition was very well
"The dramatic landscapes and dynamic activities Queenstown offers
make it the ideal year-round destination, while the Southern Lakes
also offer fantastic multi-season tourism activities and scenery,"
"I particularly congratulate Destination Queenstown on Lonely
Planet's recognition of this wonderful region, as it's also
testimony to the great work they do in promoting it," Mr Bowler
Queenstown's backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range and the
nearby lakes area were introduced to cinema audiences around the
world in Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings
Ranked eighth on the list of Top 10 Regions 2012, Lonely Planet
describes Queenstown and the Southern Lakes as worth visiting any
"There isn't a bad time to turn up in the world's top adventure
playground," Lonely Planet says.
"There's non-stop outdoor activities year-round in the resort
towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau, as well as the surrounding
mountains, lakes and national parks."
The book continues, "Where else can you ski in the morning and
golf or water-ski in the afternoon? Add excellent wineries and
superb restaurants, and what more is there to say?"
Kevin Bowler agreed. "The review is spot-on, and supports what
we've been saying in our campaigns. Lonely Planet's endorsement
will help bring Queenstown and the Southern Lakes to the attention
of the world. I'm delighted for the region."
Queenstown and the Southern Lakes are situated in the south-west
of New Zealand's South Island. Queenstown attracts around 1.9
million visitors each year. The area offers an enormous variety of
scenery and activities such as bungy jumping, skiing, hiking,
fishing, kayaking, jet-boating, mountain climbing, rafting and
cycling among others.