Wedged between the sodden beech forests and plunging cliffs of Fiordland, the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the fertile plains of south Canterbury and the sheep country of Southland lies Central Otago, a region of matchless beauty with cold, glacier-carved lakes, barren hills and clear skies. The whole region is riddled with the detritus of its nineteenth-century gold rushes, particularly around Cromwell and amid the big-sky landscapes of the Maniototo. Central Otago is shaped by its rivers and lakes. Meltwater and heavy rains course out of the mountains into the 70km lightning bolt of Lake Wakatipu, draining east through the Kawarau River, which carves a rapid-strewn path through the Kawarau Gorge. Along the way it picks up the waters of the Shotover River from the goldfields of Skippers.
Just as the snow began to gently fall over the autumn coloured forests and harsh rocky mountain tops and twice in the middle of winter. Here are my picks for the best photography locations in and around Queenstown, New Zealand. Getting here: Wilson Bay is in the little suburb of Closeburn about a 15minute drive from central Queenstown. Photo tip: Take cookies for the ducks and get your underwater housing out!
Queenstown Airport is 4 miles from the center of Queenstown. View on Map. The airport code is ZQN. Entry restrictions New Zealand has restricted entry to all travelers with the exception of nationals of New Zealand including Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau , residents and their family members, nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand, Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel, travelers entering as essential health workers, other essential workers, New Zealand-based partners and dependent children aged 19 years and under of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand and humanitarian flights.