Queenstown, New Zealand
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Within striking distance of four different ski-resorts, and home to 42 bars within a square kilometer (about 3 city blocks in Manhattan), Queenstown becomes a hedonistic playground during the southern hemisphere's winter months.

The four resorts, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, and Cardona vary greatly in terrain and cost, but between them it's easy to stay entertained. Treble Cone is the largest, with the biggest vertical drop (2,321 feet) and longest runs (2.5 miles), while Coronet Peak is the closest ski field to Queenstown just five miles away and has night skiing. The Remarkables Ski Field, 45 minutes from Queenstown, is a great choice for beginners and Cardona has world-class terrain parks and half pipes.

In town, there's always live music, drink specials, and happy hours no matter what day it is. Starting June 20th, the Queenstown Winter Festival comes to town. A ten-day party with over 60 events, including fireworks displays, Frisbee golf tournaments, hockey games, street parades, and on-mountain events keep the town rocking almost 24 hours a day.