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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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Ramada Queenstown Central NZ$153
Ramada Queenstown Central

Ramada Queenstown Central

24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Queenstown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront NZ$152
    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.

      Novotel Queenstown Lakeside NZ$194
      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.

        Garden Court Suites And Apartments NZ$145
        Garden Court Suites And Apartments

        Garden Court Suites And Apartments

        41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Queenstown apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall, and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Hill and Skyline Gondola are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Oaks Club Resort NZ$189
          Oaks Club Resort

          Oaks Club Resort

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

            Situated on a lake, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

            Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview NZ$132
            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.

              Heritage Queenstown NZ$199
              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. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown NZ$127
                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.