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Sunshine Bay

Queenstown

Go for a scenic walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu in this peaceful suburb in the foothills of Ben Lomond, one of Queenstown’s most iconic mountains.

Take a break from Queenstown’s energetic tourist centre to visit Sunshine Bay. This quiet suburb is on the edge of the city, set back from the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by rugged mountain peaks. Discover its natural beauty by following walking trails, biking routes and scenic roads that cut through the suburb before stretching along the lake’s shore.

Stroll along the Sunshine Bay Walking Track, a trail that skirts the waterfront amid an area of alpine woodland. Follow the paths that lead from the track to reach a small beach on the lake. Sit on the sand and marvel at mountaintops, including Cecil Peak and Walter Peak, which rise up from the opposite side of the lake. Watch as the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamboat cruises past and look for jet boats passing at high speeds. Spot adventurous travellers drifting down from the mountains on paragliding tours.

About 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) to the east of the suburb the track meets with Lake Esplanade. Continue on this path or walk on its adjacent beach to Queenstown’s Main Pier. Here you can arrange jet boat tours on the lake and rent kayaks, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards to explore the water at your own pace. Next to the pier is Queenstown Beach, a great spot for sunbathing, swimming and admiring the views.

Rent a bike or car from Queenstown’s town centre and travel west along the undulating scenic road. A 40-minute drive away is the town of Glenorchy, where trails depart for the Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park. Pick up trail maps from the Glenorchy Information Centre. Water sports are also possible from the town’s marina.

In Sunshine Bay you can stay overnight at boutique hotels, guesthouses and luxury villas. With easy access to Queenstown’s main attractions, the suburb provides a good alternative to the busier town centre accommodation.

Public buses operate throughout the day between Sunshine Bay and Queenstown, with connections to Queenstown Airport. The walk from the suburb to the town centre takes around 45 minutes.


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Hidden Lodge Queenstown
Hidden Lodge Queenstown
5 out of 5
28 Evergreen Place, Sunshine Bay, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$290 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury lodge is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)
"What a wonderful location with beautiful facilities and outstanding service. Hidden Lodge gave us the quiet, relaxed break we needed. Thoroughly recommend a stay here."

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

Hidden Lodge Queenstown
Azur Luxury Lodge
Azur Luxury Lodge
5 out of 5
23 MacKinnon Terrace, Queenstown
The price is NZ$1,425 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Located in Sunshine Bay, this luxury lodge is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"Unforgettable experience! The staff were amazing! Mia, Linda and Michelle went above and beyond to make the experience comfortable, memorable and enjoyable. We will definitely be back. Fantastic service and beautiful place located with awesome views. 10/10 highly recommend."

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Azur Luxury Lodge
Peaceful With Great Views and Handy to Town
Peaceful With Great Views and Handy to Town
10 McKerrowPlace, Queenstown, Otago
Situated in Queenstown, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Skyline Gondola. SKYCITY Wharf Casino and Creative Queenstown ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Nice spot
"Interesting house style but excellent for a short family stay as long as you have a car. Clean, spacious, warm and well catered for our needs. No TV but good wifi."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2020

Peaceful With Great Views and Handy to Town
Evergreen Haven - Queenstown Holiday Home
Evergreen Haven - Queenstown Holiday Home
15 Evergreen Place, Queenstown, Otago
Situated in Queenstown, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Nice place
"Nice place, good layout. Facilities pretty good although older styles which is fine. Fire place is great. Toilet seat is a serious problem though. Whoever installed that didn’t think it through at all. Shower is ok although a bit dark. We had a good stay and enjoyed the board games available. ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019

Evergreen Haven - Queenstown Holiday Home
Gemini Lake View Villa
Gemini Lake View Villa
3.5 out of 5
8 Moss Lane, Queenstown
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf ...
Gemini Lake View Villa
Peaceful - Great Views - Red House
Peaceful - Great Views - Red House
3.5 out of 5
10 Mckerrow Place, Queenstown
Situated in Queenstown, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino ...
Peaceful - Great Views - Red House
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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