Queenstown reminded me a lot of Freeport. It has a few more streets and shops but has that quiet atmosphere about it. Pool halls, pubs, camera shops and Louis Vuitton outlets. We had a great day walking through the streets and had a nice dinner. At the waterfront, one gets a great view of The Remarkables, the mountain range to the south.
The waterfront serves as a base for water taxi's to some of the various "tramps" accessible only by water and for tour boats that takes groups to some of the stations around the lake for tours and meals.
There are two large ski fields essentially in town, Remarkable ski field and Cornet Peak. The latter is one Laura can't wait to hit this June! Cardrona Mountain and Waiorau Snow Farm are also accessible. Queenstown is a great tourist destination if you're into extreme thrills! There is lots of Bungee jumping, jet boating, sky diving, para & hang gliding, white water rafting, a sleuth, rock climbing and a relatively new sport, "cannoning!" This is where they gear you up and hook you to a rope and guide you through canyons, caves and waterfalls. You need a lot of faith in your guide to do this one.
Queenstown is close to many of the Lord of The Rings sites and so the cast spent a great deal of time here. Many of the locals became good friends with the cast as they frequented the local pubs and establishments. After seeing the local sights, we headed for the scenic drive up to Glenorchy at the head of the lake.