Queenstown

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Queenstown

A paradise for adventurers on New Zealand’s South Island, with bungee jumping, jet boating and so more much on offer.

With its glorious scenery and exciting adventure sports, New Zealand’s South Island is a much-visited destination for lovers of the great outdoors from across the globe. Situated between the country’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu, and the Ben Lomond mountain, Queenstown is the region’s hub, attracting everyone from hikers and campers to mountain bikers and skiers, all of whom come to enjoy the captivating beauty of the country.

With its temperate oceanic climate, Queenstown benefits from warm summers with average temperatures reaching 25°C, long days and cool nights perfect for exploring the landscape. Between May and July, you’ll see the snow-capped peaks that envelop the cityscape, making the region ideal for anyone with a passion for the white stuff.

You don’t have to go far to find somewhere to explore. Board the TSS Earnslaw Steamship, take a cruise to Walter Peak, or visit High County Farm for a taste of traditional farm life. Or for incredible views around the region and some great hiking around Lake Wakatipu, take the Skyline Gondola up to the top of Bob’s Peak.

With world-class facilities across Queenstown, adventure sports enthusiasts flock from all over the world to enjoy the thrills on offer. Head for the Kawarau Suspension Bridge where you can go bungee jumping at the first such commercial platform in the world, and take the plunge some 43 metres down. Or you can take a ride down the Shotover River on the Shotover Jet, an exciting and heady jet-boat experience.

Even if you choose to stay in Queenstown, you’ll feel the great vibe around the city in its bars, restaurants and hotels. Check out Steamer Wharf for some fun entertainment as well as plenty of fine local cuisine and wines available for you sample. For a more peaceful day out, pay a visit to the Queenstown Gardens for a leisurely stroll and a picnic in the sunshine.

Situated to the southwest of South Island, you can reach Queenstown by plane, bus or car. Cars are widely available to hire, making it easy to explore the region. Popular throughout the year, the snow season is the area’s peak time with accommodation selling out fast. If you need gear for your hiking or skiing adventures, there are plenty of local shops offering equipment around town.

Where to stay in Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$134 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Good value for money."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$136 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star ski hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (464 reviews)
"Not bad for the price"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2022

Ramada Queenstown Central
Kamana Lakehouse
Kamana Lakehouse
4.5 out of 5
139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$189 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 hot tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (212 reviews)
"Customer service was excellent, we felt welcomed, and answered any questions we had. Room presented nicely With a homey vibe despite not getting a lakeside view. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Kamana Lakehouse
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.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$113 per night from 10 Jun. to 11 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (399 reviews)
"Our stay was excellent. No hassles, and friendly helpful front desk and room maintenance girls. We would return!"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2022

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$154 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 4-star luxury apartment in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free shopping centre shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (935 reviews)
"2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with spa pool. Stunning view, massive balcony with outdoor furniture. Quiet in terms of traffic noise even though I was close to the road. Well fitted kitchen. Gas fire. Bathrooms very small but very high quality. Large leather L shaped couch. Small dining table. 20min ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is NZ$181 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (751 reviews)
"Should be more clearly stated that there is no staff after 7pm. Tried to get a couple more towels but no one answers the phone. Had to msg the hotel via chat on Expedia to get a response the next morning."

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2022

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
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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