Queenstown is on the shore of the Z-shaped Lake Wakatipu.
William Gilbert Rees was the first European man to live in the
area, as he established a farm in what is now the town centre.
Although no one is certain how the town came to be named, the most
convincing suggestion was that Rees claimed the area was 'fit for
Queen Victoria'. The farm in the centre was short lived; however
the area still prospered, due partly to a gold rush in the local
The town is very popular with tourists - many of whom take part
in the many adventure sports on offer. However, one thing that
captivates all tourists is the stunning scenery and the magnificent
views from the town over the lake and the surrounding mountains.
The location has captured the imagination of a number of film
directors over the years, as the town and local area has featured
in many films. Perhaps the most famous of these is the 'Lord of the