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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.

Popular Activities at Queenstown Gardens

Make the most of your time spent at Queenstown Gardens. Below is a list of the best activities:

Trying out a Small-Group Scenic Segway Tour of Queenstown will make visiting this fascinating attraction even more memorable!

For more things to do, peruse our Queenstown things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Queenstown Gardens


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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront NZ$166
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

    Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview NZ$140
    Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

    Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

    88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

      Millennium Hotel Queenstown NZ$176
      Millennium Hotel Queenstown

      Millennium Hotel Queenstown

      32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

        Novotel Queenstown Lakeside NZ$219
        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, within a 5-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are also within 10 minutes.

          Heritage Queenstown NZ$188
          Heritage Queenstown

          Heritage Queenstown

          91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown NZ$107
            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 1 mi (2 km) of Steamer Wharf, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown NZ$249
              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. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                QT Queenstown NZ$305
                QT Queenstown

                QT Queenstown

                30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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