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Queenstown
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Queenstown

QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is NZ$229 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (608 reviews)
"Outstanding service at front desk, was so hopeful and welcoming. Will definitely bust again soon"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

QT Queenstown
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$152 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Fantastic Stay!"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Queenstown Hill, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)
"Great views and reasonable prices. Room was tired and quite worn."

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
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.
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Queenstown Hill, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)
"Great views and reasonable prices. Room was tired and quite worn."

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$149 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...
4.2/5Excellent! (893 reviews)
"Nice luxxurious suit with a lot of space, very beautiful views. It has got everything in it what you can need. Very clean and tidy, good service. Thank you.❤"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2021

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$115 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Hill and Skyline ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,181 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. clean and tidy Friendly atmosphere"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2021

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
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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Reviews of Queenstown

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

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5 Jun. 2020

Was nice to see so many New Zealanders out supporting Queenstown given the difficult circumstances they and everyone having to deal with at present

5/5 - Excellent

Rose

4 Jun. 2020

So peaceful it felt like it used to before Queenstown became over run with too many tourists.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jun. 2020

A great place with lots to do good pubs and restaurants

4/5 - Good

Zane

3 Jun. 2020

Was a pleasing holiday, different with the covid restrictions. Good to see shops and bars doing their part. Everyone was easy to get along with and happy to be on holiday.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jun. 2020

Highly recommend leaving car at motel and enjoying Queenstown on foot. Excellent walking options nearby and great cafes for coffee. Walking to the top of the hill, latter and crossient at the top and a gondola ride back down is highly recommended.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

Great to see lots of people out eating and shopping after a very quiet couple of months.

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