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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

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$219 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (969 reviews)

"We spent 5 nights at the Hilton, was fantastic for a family holiday, our room had a full kitchen which was a bonus when traveling with kids. The staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful. We had breakfast included and it was really good and plentiful. The buildings are a little tired inside with ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$142 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

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! (966 reviews)

"The property is in a great location, the restaurant is simple but suitable for dining in, the service is excellent"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 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$179 per night from 15 Nov. to 16 Nov.

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.

4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"The hotel is clean, friendly and in a great location."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel 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.

Holiday Rentals in Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is NZ$111 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.

Located in Frankton, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Remarkables Park Town Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Event Centre and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (330 reviews)

"Very clean tidy room.would recommend this hotel to any traveler."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$158 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

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 (2.2 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (885 reviews)

"My experience staying at Oaks Club Suites was amazing, we had a lake view apartment suite which was the perfect spot for scenic mountain and lake view. Definitely will stay here again next time we come to visit."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$169 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Situated on a lake, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,067 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Convenient location close to the town centre."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Peppers Beacon 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.

Popular places to visit in Queenstown

Top activities in Queenstown

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.606875934230196%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.235176880916791%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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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