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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

Top hotels in Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
The price is NZ$188 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

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! (978 reviews)

"It’s ok. Location is very convenient. Very nice garden towards the lake side. Nice Breakfast The building shows signs of age, carpet is quite old and dirty."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2020

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is NZ$199 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (571 reviews)

"Beautiful facilities, amazing view, handy location, and friendly staff. Perfect."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2020

QT 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 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

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! (985 reviews)

"Stayed there for the second time. The first time experience was awesome if I compare it with the second one. First night was bit uneasy as baby cot was not provided."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 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

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$139 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Hill and Queenstown ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)

"We loved the awesome views from our 1 bedroom unit, the unit was really big and the kitchen was great, also handy having a washing machine and dryer in a separate room. Also the separate bedroom was great and the bed was really comfortable. If there was anything that needed doing it was the outside ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$98 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Hill and Skyline ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,160 reviews)

"Spacious room & great to have a bath after the days adventures. Close to centre, clean & quiet space for a short visit."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2020

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$145 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (888 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
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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Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

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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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