Previously inhabited by the Maori people, the first European explored the area in 1853. The city was established in 1860.
Bordered by mountains and crystal blue waters, Queenstown is a popular vacation destination, and is also known as a center for skiing, bungee jumping, and extreme sports.
People Born in Queenstown
Queenstown in People's Lives
Agatha Christie: I visited here in 1922.
Orlando Bloom: I lived here from about 1999 - 2002, filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of the best years of my life, and my first major role in a film, I remember those days with the best of memories. Originally, I auditioned for the part of Faramir. While shooting a scene here, I fell from a horse and broke a rib.
Viggo Mortensen: I lived here from 1999 - 2002, approximately, filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was what I still refer to as the best time of my life.