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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.

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Where to stay in Queenstown

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Frankton

4.5/5Wonderful!(216 area reviews)

Frankton
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Sunshine Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$191
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Remarkables Park Town Centre and Queenstown Event Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,398 reviews)

"We stayed for 7 days 6 nights at this resort. We loved it, very clean, we had maid service every day and they were wonderful, the pool/jacuzzi/sauna was amazing. Staff was always greeting us anytime passing one, and it was overall a beautiful stay! Would definitely reccomend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
NZ$175
per night
7 Apr. - 8 Apr.

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,398 reviews)

". We have stayed there before and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.However We mainly dined in the town where honestly the food choices were superior to that at the Novotel and considerably cheaper in most cases. I think they need to lift there game in that regard.The buffet breakfast was fair to average. ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown
DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
Kawarau Village 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$143
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Remarkables Park Town Centre and Queenstown Event Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,596 reviews)

"Loved water taxi ride. Staff extremely helpful. Bathroom needed improving and decorating."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

Popular activities in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

4.5/5(1,019 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(706 reviews)

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

The Remarkables Ski Area
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The Remarkables Ski Area

4.5/5(201 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.

Shotover Jet
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Shotover Jet

4.5/5(250 reviews)

Explore the Shotover River and race through the water at high speed on this thrilling attraction.

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

4.5/5(202 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.

Top activities in Queenstown

Small-Group City Highlights Tour
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Small-Group City Highlights Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$100
Per adult
Arrowtown & Wanaka Small Group Tour
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Arrowtown & Wanaka Small Group Tour

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$169
Per adult
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$225
Per adult
Full-Day Milford Sound Tour with Boutique Cruise & Scenic Flight
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Full-Day Milford Sound Tour with Boutique Cruise & Scenic Flight

NZ$620
Per adult
Queenstown Wine & Food Tour
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Queenstown Wine & Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$195
Per adult
Queenstown Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour
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Queenstown Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$225
Per adult

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1362
5 - Excellent 68.71846619576186%
4 - Good
525
4 - Good 26.488395560040363%
3 - Okay
85
3 - Okay 4.288597376387488%
2 - Disappointing
9
2 - Disappointing 0.45408678102926336%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.050454086781029264%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Beautiful picturesque Queenstown. Loved sitting on the beach enjoying the scenery with a picnic from Fergsbakery. Enjoyed Gondola and Luge ride and finished up with lunch at stratosphere.

5/5 - Excellent

Ugen

20 Mar. 2020

Loved the place would definitely come back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Was quieter than my previous visits due to the virus threat. Was travelling by bike and it was easy to get around on some great trails.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Great food great experience.... definitely do a bungee jump

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

A beautiful place for a week. Highly recommend a visit. NOT NOMADS ,THIS WILL SPOIL YOUR VIST

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

The Skyline Gondola, Luge and resterant was an excellent day out. Highly recommended.

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