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Queenstown Gardens

These lush gardens on Lake Wakatipu make the perfect spot to play disc golf, touch rugby, or just go for an aimless stroll.

Dating all the way back to 1867, the Queenstown Gardens are a peaceful haven away from the thriving city. They are home to heritage-listed trees and boast captivating views of The Remarkables mountain range. Situated out on the outskirts of Queenstown on a small peninsula on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, the area the place to head to for an idyllic respite.

As the region’s foremost botanical park, this spot naturally contains a wide array of trees, flowers and shrubs, both those native to the soil and those introduced from elsewhere. Douglas firs are something of an icon in the Queenstown area, and here in the park, you’ll come across some of the oldest examples of the species anywhere in the country. You’ll also stumble upon other firs and oaks, including the English oaks planted by the city’s first mayor back in the 1860s – the first trees ever to be planted here in the gardens.

For sports lovers, this is a great place to feed the habit. You can play tennis, head for the Queenstown skate park, or watch the Southern Stampede ice hockey stars play at Queenstown Ice Arena. At the arena, you can even take the ice yourself and glide around for a while.

The park is also home to an 18-hole disc golf (or Frisbee golf) course. This little-known sport has been played here for around three decades, and you can find out how to play and give it a go.

Situated just outside the heart of Queenstown, you can easily reach the Queenstown Gardens on foot. If you come by car, parking is available for free. The gardens are open daily and are free to enter, although some of the sporting venues do charge for using their facilities.


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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside NZ$210
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are also within 10 minutes.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown NZ$189
    Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

    93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Queenstown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

      Oaks Queenstown Club Suites NZ$205
      Oaks Queenstown Club Suites

      Oaks Queenstown Club Suites

      171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach in Queenstown, this luxury apartment building is close to St Josephs Parish, Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola. Also nearby are Queenstown Golf Club and Queenstown Hill.

        QT Queenstown NZ$191
        QT Queenstown

        QT Queenstown

        30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown NZ$111
          Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

          Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

          38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Gardens is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

            Scenic Suites Queenstown NZ$165
            Scenic Suites Queenstown

            Scenic Suites Queenstown

            27 Stanley Street, Queenstown
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Queenstown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queenstown Arts Centre, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

              Peppers Beacon Queenstown NZ$194
              Peppers Beacon Queenstown

              Peppers Beacon Queenstown

              34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a lake, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino are also within 5 minutes.

                St James Apartments NZ$135
                St James Apartments

                St James Apartments

                5 Coronation Drive, Queenstown
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Queenstown, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Queenstown Arts Centre and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are also within 15 minutes.