At Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel we wanted some of the activities we suggested in our Queenstown Business Travel Guide to reflect Queenstown’s most unique history. Do you know why Queenstown’s town centre where it is? Queenstown was built on the site of an old homestead, owned by a man called William Rees who had been running sheep for just two years when in November 1862 gold was discovered in the Shotover River. Gold fever created an influx of people to the area, but, did you know that until 1981 Queenstown had less than 3,500 people.
25 minutes outside of Queenstown is the historic Arrowtown. Once a haven for fortune seekers and adventurers, it’s gold mining past can still be seen in the architecture today. Set amidst beautiful scenery, get out and explore this unique town. Venture inside the quirky shops that populate Buckingham Street (the main road), shop, dine and visit beautiful galleries showcasing local artwork. Visit the tree lined avenue of tiny miners cottages and soak up the atmosphere.
Sail away, or more accurately steam across Lake Wakatipu in this 1912 Edwardian twin screw steamer. The TSS Earnslaw is a much loved tourist attraction in Central Otago. Combining scenery, history and food, she is the perfect undertaking for business travellers who are looking for that all in one quintessential Queenstown experience. The classic return journey is 1.5 hours, but visitors have the option of combining this with other activities such as guided farm tours, electric trail ride, gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner and more.
Address: Departs from Steamer Wharf Queenstown
Take A Moment To Explore
The Queenstown Gardens are located in central Queenstown. A popular respite from the hustle and bustle of the town, they are a good place to relax, plus, there are a number of significant memorials located in the gardens. Business travel can mean you don’t have the time to take hours out of your day to explore, we know! You’re in luck Crowne Plaza Queenstown is only a short walk from the gardens. Start or end your day with a stroll through these scenic gardens.
Address: Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown 9300
Postmaster Cottage is a fantastic little eatery in Arrowtown that has been around since the late 1800s.