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Best Rated Attractions in Queenstown, New Zealand -Home to the Great Southern Alps

Queenstown in New Zealand is the designated destination for adventure junkies. Here are some of the best-rated attractions in this breathtaking city home of the Southern Alps.

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Coronet Peak

This is where the adventure mostly takes place. Coronet Peak is a commercial ski field that's located within just a 20 minutes drive from central Queenstown. Featuring a world-class ski and snowboard area, Coronet Park includes state-of-the-art facilities and breathtaking views. The ski field has the country's largest fully-automated snowmaking system as it has a total of 217 snow guns. If you want to be guaranteed of good skiing and snowboarding, Coronet Peak is the place to be.

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Lake Wakatipu

The lake and the environment surrounding the lake, looks like something out of a fairytale- simply beautiful! If you need a spot to chill down, Lake Wakatipu is the venue and thanks to the abundance of Queenstown apartment accommodation options such as Oaks Shores; this is not so difficult to do. The name 'Wakatipu' comes from the original Māori word 'Whakatipu wai-māori'. At a length of 80 kilometres, Lake Wakatipu is the longest lake in New Zealand and at 291 km2, it is the 3rd largest. One of the most interesting facts about Lake Wakatipu is that because of its extreme beauty it was chosen as a backdrop of famous movies franchise, The Lord of the Rings in The Fellowship of the Ring, including Amon Hen.

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Skyline Luge Queenstown

What better way to see the amazing beauty of Queenstown than from up in the air! Visit Skyline Luge Queenstown and ride a sky car or a gondola as it is also called, to Bob's Peak. There is a restaurant up on the top where you can have lunch. Afterwards, it's time to hurtle down the mountain! The Luge is an amazing attraction where you go down the mountain by riding a non-motorised cart! It's a popular activity for both kids as well as adults.

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Glenorchy

Ever watched Lord of the Rings and wished you could be in Middle Earth? Well then here's your chance! Glenorchy in Otago, New Zealand is the site where many scenes of Lord of the Rings were shot. A tour to 'Middle Earth' will give you the chance to see Amon Hen aka the 'Seat of Seeing', the beautiful Lothlorien Forest, Isengard, Ithilien and The Misty Mountains from The Hobbit movie. Explore the spectacular flora and fauna of the area and listen to the wonderful stories of filming that your guide will tell you along the way.