It is located on the South Island, in an inlet of land in Lake Wakatipu, an elongated lake with spectacular views from the neighboring mountains. Its name, according to the most popular story, comes from a local gold prospector who exclaimed that the town was “worthy of Queen Victoria.” The city is known as a tourist destination and as the world's adventure capital, for the variety of activities it offers, from adventure sports and skiing. Bungy jumping, rafting, jetboating and river surfing are practiced in the waters of the river. It is one of the main destinations for winter sports in New Zealand, many people come to enjoy the snow at one of its 4 ski resorts: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. It enjoys a great reputation as one of the country's great centers of cuisine and wine.

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