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
The price is NZ$300 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Located in Sunshine Bay, 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 Casino ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
"We took a bit of a chance on staying slightly further out of the town, and in a boutique lodge. It paid off, the stay was incredible. Staff were wonderful, informative, helpful and efficient. The views and location were world class. We enjoyed everything about the Hidden Lodge. Thanks for having ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Hidden Lodge Queenstown
Azur Luxury Lodge
Azur Luxury Lodge
5 out of 5
23 MacKinnon Terrace, Queenstown
The price is NZ$1,150 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Magnificent Stay
"Truly magnificent hotel and service! Mia and the team looked after us from the get-go. They were always reminding us that they are there and asking if there is anything we need. Best service we have ever received at a hotel! Also the view, amenities and size of villa are amazing. We will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Azur Luxury Lodge
Peaceful with great views and handy to town
Peaceful with great views and handy to town
10 McKerrowPlace, Queenstown, Otago
Located in Sunshine Bay, 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 TSS Earnslaw ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great stay, location, house & owner
"As said above, big thanks!"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2021

Peaceful with great views and handy to town
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Home
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
13 Mckerrow Place, Queenstown
Located in Sunshine Bay, 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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"初めてのハウス借りでしたので戸惑う事が多かったですがオーナーがいい人でよかったです。ゴミの出し方がわからなかった他は困ったことはありませんでした。いい経験をさせてもらいました。"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2019

Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Home
Crows Nest - Queenstown Holiday Home
Crows Nest - Queenstown Holiday Home
23 McKerrow place, Queenstown, Otago
Located in Sunshine Bay, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Apartment with a view
"Small but comfortable and welcoming. Parkingwas a bit tricky on the hill but the apartment was modern and well kept. We thank you very much for the well appointed kitchenette and use of the washing machine."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2019

Crows Nest - Queenstown Holiday Home
Sunshine Bay Escape - New Listing Discounted Rates
Sunshine Bay Escape - New Listing Discounted Rates
8 McKerrow Pl, Sunshine Bay, 9, Queenstown, Otago
Located in Sunshine Bay, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf ...
Sunshine Bay Escape - New Listing Discounted Rates
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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