The first thing to strike you when arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand is probably the scenery. The mountains iced with snow and the shimmering lakes are hard to tear your eyes away from. However when you do, and you get to know the town centre of Queenstown, you’ll quickly realize how friendly and open locals are here.

The Maori people’s Polynesian ancestors sailed around the Pacific Ocean with their navigational skills to guide them. One of the last islands to be discovered was Aotearoa New Zealand. The “Aotearoa” part of the name comes from the wife of the adventurer Kupe, who pointed out the long white clouds that were over the land, thus giving Aotearoa its name which translates to “long white cloud.”

Phoebe Lee

I knew New Zealand was beautiful, which is why I was really excited to spend some time there recently. I expected to fall in love with Queenstown and never want to leave, so I was really surprised when it was somewhere else that completely captured my heart.

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