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QueenstownNew Zealand

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.

Queenstown Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Queenstown

Frankton showing a small town or village, forests and mountains

Frankton

4.5/5Wonderful!(218 area reviews)

Frankton is known for its fantastic lake views, and you can make a stop by Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Event Centre while in the area.

Frankton
Sunshine Bay showing forest scenes, mountains and a small town or village

Sunshine Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Sunshine Bay like its mountain views and restaurants, and Lake Wakatipu is a sight worth a stop.

Sunshine Bay

Top hotels in Queenstown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$224 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Event Centre and Remarkables Park Town Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)

"An upmarket hotel, in a quiet, sunny location with great lake views. It's convenient to the airport (but not too close) and away from the congestion of central Queenstown. Nice pool and lakefront terrace, and enough food options that you don't need to go into town if you don't want to. But at a time ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$115 per night

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Arts Centre and Queenstown ...

4.2/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"The staff were very helpful.the bed very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2020

Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is NZ$176 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Excellent property, Great lake views and very friendly staff. Great valet parking service. Loved our stay here, will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

Popular places to visit in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

4.5/5(1,026 reviews)

A great location for water sports, New Zealand’s third-largest lake is an impressive natural landmark framed by soaring mountains and encircled by walking trails.

Cardrona Alpine Resort
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Cardrona Alpine Resort

4.5/5(193 reviews)

Take lessons on the baby slopes, tear up fresh power at a higher elevation or attempt daring stunts in the terrain parks at this popular mountain resort.

Skyline Gondola
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Skyline Gondola

4.5/5(709 reviews)

One of the steepest cable-car rides in the world, offering incredible panoramic views of the Queenstown region.

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

4.5/5(203 reviews)

A variety of slopes for all abilities and some excellent après-ski options are on offer at this ski field just minutes from central Queenstown.

The Remarkables Ski Area
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The Remarkables Ski Area

4.5/5(202 reviews)

Skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of inviting slopes at this ski mountain, known for being one of New Zealand’s best venues for freestyle snow riding.

Walter Peak High Country Farm
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Walter Peak High Country Farm

4.5/5(160 reviews)

This historic highland farm offers an insight into a traditional agrarian way of life on this island.

Top activities in Queenstown

Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
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Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure

NZ$133
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

NZ$265
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch
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Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch

NZ$199
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

NZ$225
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Half Day Lord of the Rings Scenic & Film Location Tour
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Half Day Lord of the Rings Scenic & Film Location Tour

NZ$180
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Milford Sound Personal Private Tour and Boat Cruise
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Milford Sound Personal Private Tour and Boat Cruise

NZ$889
Per adult

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Wanaka featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

Wanaka

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Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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