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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

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$134 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice Arena and Church ...
3.9/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"The room was spacious, warm and clean, with the added bonus of a balcony with amazing views of the lake and mountains, only downside would be the busy road traffic, once the door was shut though you couldn’t hear it"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$199 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Great stay, wonderful location. Really grateful that we could use the hotel’s off site parking option. Just wish the menus offered more choice, and that the restaurant and bar were open for longer. Really enjoyed the buffet breakfast buffet"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$185 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola, and is convenient ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (337 reviews)
"nice stay - very quiet."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
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Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$140 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
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! (1,224 reviews)
"Friendly staff, great views, very cosy spot"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Villa del Lago
Villa del Lago
5 out of 5
249 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$311 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Queenstown aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queenstown Ice Arena and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (240 reviews)
"We absolutely loved everything about our stay at Villa del Lago! The views from our villa were breathtaking and the interior space was well laid out, warm and tastefully decorated. There were steps down to the lakeside and a path into town, making for many delightful options each day. We will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Villa del Lago
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$169 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
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! (1,058 reviews)
"Location and proximity to city centre. Fantastic views!"

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

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.

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