Queenstown and Wanaka, two magnificent towns in the Otago region will be the destination of Powder Storming New Zealand Tour. The Powder Storming New Zealand Tour is run by New Zealand’s leading ski holidays and snowboard holidays provider All-Star Adventures. Skiers and snowboarders should expect a spectacular adventure. Thrill seekers will certainly be at home in New Zealand’s adventure capital: Queenstown. Situated in the southern end of Lake Wanaka, is a town loaded with activities specially designed for family vacations : Wanaka.
In order to make your trip more interesting, get to know more details on Wanaka and Queenstown. Wanaka and Queenstown are packed with extraordinary information where you get to experience great all inclusive ski holiday. Are you intrigued to learn about them? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? Why is The Remarkable, well, remarkable? Were you aware that the Lord of the Rings was filmed around this region?
The name Wanaka is a corruption of the word “Oanaka”, meaning “the place of Anaka”. Anaka is a local chief. Pembroke was Wanaka’s original name after a British Colonial Secretary. Early settler and adventurer William Reese initially named Queenstown as “Camp”. Based upon an old story, gold prospectors were charmed by the attractiveness of the place that they pronounced it “a town fit for a Queen”. Some are convinced that the name came from a town found in Ireland.
The very first person who bungee jump into the year 2000 was Collin Basterfield of United Kingdom. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy. A local resident from Southland, New Zealand became the oldest person to bungee jump. He was 94. He jumped at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy. In July 1995 snow fell for 11 consecutive days in Queenstown and lay on the ground for 14 days. In September 1999, President Clinton was the very first US President ever to visit Queenstown. At the height of filming the Lord of The Rings, over 500 people a day queued at the casting rooms in Queenstown.
Argentina, Chile and Queenstown are situated in the same latitude — 45 degrees south. Queenstown’s inhabitants are around 18,000 only. However, the number grows over 100 times annually as it welcomes visitors. Besides The Rockies, The Remarkable is the only other mountain range in the world that runs directly from north to south. Surveyor Alexander Garvie coined the name after seeing the impressive view of the mountain range at sunset.
The TSS Earnslaw is the only surviving passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1885 all Queenstown hotels were operated by women who all happened to be widows. The Shotover River is known to be the richest gold bearing river of its size on the planet. In 1947, Sir Henry Wigley founded the commercial skiing in Queenstown. Set up in 1958, Queenstown’s Kawarau Jet was the world’s first commercial jet boat business. In 1988, Bungy New Zealand’s Kawarau Bridge bungy site became the original commercial bungy operation on the planet.
Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region became the locations for Holywood films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Vertical Limit, Prince Caspian, Xmen Origins: Wolverine and 10,000 BC During the last ten years, Wanaka’s population nearly doubled to 5,000 because of its growing tourism sector.
The Warbirds over Wanaka International Show is the largest “war birds” air show in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a biennial event which showcases a selection of World War II aircraft from around the world. Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. It’s situated 300 meters above sea level with
an estimated depth of 300 meters. Lake Hawea is New Zealand’s 9th largest lake. Queenstown and Wanaka are not only exceptional ski and snowboard holiday location. They are also a place full of culture and history.