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 Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (418 reviews)
"Really enjoyed staying in a studio apartment here for my 5 day trip to QTown. Perfect room for a stay that long - having a washer and dryer makes things easier! Loved the bar and restaurant downstairs - great atmosphere and wonderful pizza. The hotel and restaurant staff were all really lovely. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$169 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Awesome location"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is NZ$169 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Liked the central and the iew"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
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.
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$154 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown aparthotel is in the mountains, and within 1 mi (2 km) of Queenstown Gardens, SKYCITY Wharf Casino and Kiwi and Birdlife ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (734 reviews)
"Great views, good location, close enough for a 10-15min walk to Queenstown centre"

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$155 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,245 reviews)
"Great staff and service. Really disappointed in the View. The view that we were sold on was a view of the lake from the room, but the view we received was a wall and construction. The construction team also blocked the entrance to the parking often, it was a little frustrating. The Wi-Fi was terrible, ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 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$160 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (913 reviews)
"Great location and great room"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
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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