Queenstown, New Zealand, and the surrounding mountains have been blanketed with snow in the first major storm of the season. It will be a big boost to the ski resorts in the in the region.
Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd says the fresh snowfall transformed the resort from autumn colours into a winter wonderland “literally overnight”.
“We only get snow downtown a few times a year so it’s always a treat for locals and visitors and it makes for some stunning photo opportunities,” Graham says.
“Coronet Peak is scheduled to open on 8 June and the other local ski fields are set to follow in the next few weeks so there’s an excited buzz around town now as everybody gears up for winter.”
Graham believes Queenstown will be an even more popular short-haul holiday destination for Kiwis and Australians this winter thanks to increased flight scheduling and capacity.
"Queenstown is a short flight from New Zealand’s major centres and only three hours from Australia which makes it very accessible for a winter holiday or long weekend,” Graham says.
“The skiing is world-class and Queenstown itself also has plenty to do off the slopes whether it be exploring the region’s lake and alpine scenery, ice skating, taking a wine tour, playing golf, indulging in a spa treatment, some retail therapy, or enjoying the buzz of the vibrant après ski atmosphere and busy events calendar.
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