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

Ramada Hotel & Suites Queenstown Remarkables Park
Ramada Hotel & Suites Queenstown Remarkables Park
3.5 out of 5
24 Hawthorne Drive, Remarkables Park, Frankton, Queenstown, Otago
The price is NZ$120 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located near the slopes, this Frankton hotel is in the mountains, 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Queenstown Event Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Queenstown Golf Club ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (732 reviews)
"Great location to airport. Could do with more coffee and milk. Also detergent to wash dishes"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

Ramada Hotel & Suites Queenstown Remarkables Park
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$142 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola, and is ...
4.4/5Excellent! (388 reviews)
"Friendly staff, excellent cleanliness. Well priced with good room amenities. Convenient location."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is NZ$187 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. SKYCITY Wharf Casino and Creative Queenstown ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (649 reviews)
"Lovely hotel to stay in. The rooms are comfortable. The amenities are great and it is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. The lake views are wonderful. The staff are super helpful and friendly. I stay here regularly and will continue to do so."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2021

QT 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.
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$111 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,207 reviews)
"From check in to check out the staff were amazing. We flew over from Adelaide during COVID times on the East Coast and had to ( chose to ) stay an extra few nights. Staff could not offer the same room but managed to book us in the room alongside and returning from skiing they had transferred our ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is NZ$119 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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! (367 reviews)
"The studio room was great and perfect for our stay. The view from the window was so beautiful, who doesn’t want to wake up to majestic snow topped mountains everybmorning? The kitchenette was so handy especially once lockdown was announced and we had 2 days left to wait for our flight back to Auckland. ..."

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2021

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$182 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,067 reviews)
"Great stay. Amazing location with easy walking to town."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 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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