When did tourism start in Queenstown?

When was Queenstown established?

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown Tāhuna (Māori)
Named January 1863
Founded by William Gilbert Rees
Government
• Mayor Jim Boult

How old is Queenstown?

Nestled on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown (Māori name Tahuna) is one of New Zealand’s most loved tourist and holiday destinations. The town is settled right at the lake’s edge, surrounded by scenic mountain ranges. The Wakatipu Basin was created by glacial movement some 15,000 years ago.

Who was Maori Jack?

On 9 August 1862 local Māori man, Jack Tewa (known as “Māori Jack”), was sailing to Kingston from Queenstown with two Europeans by the name of Rogers and Mitchell.

Why was Queenstown established?

Queenstown was founded in 1853. It was intended to be a military outpost designed to protect the British subjects from attack during the time of the Frontier wars. The town was laid out around a central hexagon, which was to be the lager to which the citizens would flee in time of trouble.

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