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Exciting facts about Snowboarding and Skiing Wanaka and Queenstown

Queenstown and Wanaka, two lovely towns in the Otago region are the venue of Powder Storming New Zealand Tour. The Powder Storming New Zealand Tour is run by All-Star Adventures, the top ratedprovider of snowboard and ski holidays in New Zealand. Skiers and snowboarders should expect an incredible vacation. Thrill seekers will definitely be at home in New Zealand’s adventure capital: Queenstown. Wanaka, a laid back town at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, guarantees fun-filled events for families.

What does “Wanaka” even means? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? What on earth is The Remarkable? Did you know that some of your favorite flicks were shot around this region? What are they?

The name Wanaka is actually a corruption of the word “Oanaka”, meaning “the place of Anaka”. Anaka is a local chieftain. Pembroke was Wanaka’s original name after a British Colonial Secretary.

An early settler and explorer named William Reese originally called Queenstown “Camp”. Based on an old story, gold prospectors were captivated by the attractiveness of the place that they pronounced it “a town fit for a Queen”. Some claim that the name originated from a town found in Ireland.

The first person who bungee jump into the year 2000 was Collin Basterfield of United Kingdom. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy.

A 94 year old resident of Southland, New Zealand became the oldest person to bungee jump. 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 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.

Queenstown, Argentina and Chile are located in the same latitude — 45 degrees south.

Queenstown’s resident population is only around 18,000. However, the number grows more than 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 run by women who all were widows.

The Shotover River is known to be the richest gold bearing river of its size worldwide.

In 1947, Sir Henry Wigley founded the commercial skiing in Queenstown.

Set up in 1958, Queenstown’s Kawarau Jet was the first commercial jet boat business.

In 1988, Bungy New Zealand’s Kawarau Bridge bungy site became the first commercial bungy operation in the world.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vertical Limit, Prince Caspian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 10,000 BC were shot at Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region.

In the last ten years, Wanaka’s population roughly doubled to 5,000 due to the booming tourism sector.

The Warbirds over Wanaka International Show is the largest “war birds” air show in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a biennial event which showcases a selection of World War II aircraft from around the globe.

Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth biggest lake. It is located 300 meters above sea level with an estimated depth of 300 meters.

Lake Hawea is the 9th largest lake in New Zealand.

Queenstown and Wanaka aren’t just great ski and snowboard holiday location. They’re also a place loaded with history and culture.