Queenstown Gardens

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Queenstown Gardens showing forest scenes

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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Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$146 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Creative ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (395 reviews)
"It’s neat and tidy and got all the facilities. However our rubbish was not removed on our last day."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is NZ$227 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf, SKYCITY Wharf Casino, and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (650 reviews)
"Lovely hotel to stay in. The rooms are comfortable. The amenities are great and it is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. The lake views are wonderful. The staff are super helpful and friendly. I stay here regularly and will continue to do so."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2021

QT Queenstown
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$189 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, steps away from Williams Cottage, Lake Wakatipu and Church of St Peters. Queenstown Mall and Creative ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Our family has stayed here twice and really love it. Great location, plus great movie channels. Always clean. Has everything you need."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

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Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$139 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is NZ$227 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
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Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$146 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Ramada Queenstown Central
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$189 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$148 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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$155 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
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$176 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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$143 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$159 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
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