Cool information about Snowboarding and Skiing Wanaka and Queenstown
Queenstown and Wanaka, two beautiful towns in the Otago region will be the location of Powder Storming New Zealand Tour. The Powder Storming New Zealand Tour is run by All-Star Adventures, the top rated company for ski and snowboard trips to New Zealand. The tour promises an adventure for skiers and snowboarders alike. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown boasts a plethora of fun-filled activities for adrenaline seekers. Wanaka, a laid back town located at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, promises fun-filled events for families.
What does “Wanaka” even means? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? What makes The Remarkable, well, remarkable? I heard they shot The Lord of the Rings around this place. Is it true?
The name Wanaka is a corruption of the word “Oanaka”, which means “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 by the name of William Reese originally called Queenstown “Camp”. According to an old story, the place was very lovely that gold prospectors declared it as “a place fit for a Queen”. Some suggest that the name originated from a town found in Ireland.
Colin Basterfield of United Kingdom was the very first individual to bungee jump into the year 2000. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy.
The oldest person to bungee jump was a 94 year old resident of Southland, New Zealand. 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 travel to Queenstown.
At the height of filming the Lord of The Rings, over 500 people a day queued at the casting rooms in Queenstown.
Queenstown, Chile and Argentina are located in the same latitude — 45 degrees south.
Queenstown’s population is around 18,000 only. Suprisingly, the number actually reaches 1.8 million as it welcomes tourists annually.
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 having looked at the dramatic 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 ladies who all happened to be widows.
The Shotover River is known as 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 first commercial bungy operation on the planet.
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.
Because of its fast growing tourism sector within the last 10 years , Wanaka’s population has almost doubled to 5,000.
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 globe.
Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth biggest lake. It is 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 an exceptional ski and snowboard holiday location. They’re also a place full of culture and history.