Queenstown Beach

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Queenstown Beach featuring sailing, a sandy beach and a small town or village

Surrounded by postcard-perfect scenery, this urban beach on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu is a destination for swimming, water sports and jet boating.

Spend a day enjoying water sports and dining with unbeatable views at Queenstown Beach. This small beach is at the water’s edge of Queenstown’s town centre on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Beach is a short strip of sand and shingle beach, framed by a lush green lawn that’s ideal for those that don’t want to get sand in their shoes.

The beach is perfect to enjoy on one of Queenstown’s long summer days, when the sun stays up until late in the evening. Lay down a towel and bask in the sunshine and take a swim in the cool, shallow water. Admire the views of jagged mountain peaks, such as Mount Nicholas and Walter Peak. In winter months, heavy snowfall on the mountains makes the views even more spectacular.

Go to the Main Pier, at the northern edge of the beach, to find tour operators and water sport centres. Rent aqua bikes, kayaks, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards to explore the lake at your own pace. Half- and full-day guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours are also possible. While you are on the water, visit neighbourhoods on Lake Wakatipu, including Kelvin Heights and Sunshine Bay.

Sign up for one of the jet boat rides that depart from the pier. Zip across the lake and along the Kawarau and Shotover rivers at speeds of up to 85 kilometres (53 miles) per hour. Experience 360-degree spins and catch a glimpse of the surrounding mountain landscape. Change the pace and join fishing excursions to cast a line into the lake for salmon and trout.

Running behind the Main Pier is Beach Street, a commercial zone lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Eat and drink at Chinese and Indian restaurants, pubs and an ice bar. Browse the work of local artists at independent galleries. Nearby is The Mall where you will find a range of bars and restaurants.

Queenstown Beach is just a short walk from the accommodation options located in Queenstown’s town centre. Parking is available for a fee on the town centre streets. At the southern end of the beach is a path that connects to pretty Queenstown Gardens.

1336 Cheap Hotels Near Queenstown Beach

Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 11 Dec. to 11 Dec.
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola, and is ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (418 reviews)
"Really enjoyed staying in a studio apartment here for my 5 day trip to QTown. Perfect room for a stay that long - having a washer and dryer makes things easier! Loved the bar and restaurant downstairs - great atmosphere and wonderful pizza. The hotel and restaurant staff were all really lovely. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
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The price is NZ$169 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Awesome location"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is NZ$185 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Liked the central and the iew"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
CNR STANLEY AND SYDNEY STREET, Queenstown
The price is NZ$128 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$169 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 11 Dec. to 11 Dec.
Ramada Queenstown Central
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is NZ$185 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$134 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$140 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
3.5 out of 5
38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$134 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
8 Duke Street, Queenstown
The price is NZ$295 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$138 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.