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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is NZ$175 per night from 11 Oct. to 12 Oct.

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (961 reviews)

"Wonderful stay, we have been to the Hilton Queenston before and would be happy to stay again. They upgraded our room for my daughter's 21st and gave us complimentary drinks at the hotel restaurant. An amazing stay all round."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$139 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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! (973 reviews)

"An over all satisfying stay. There was nothing wrong with The hotel or staff. It was clean, comfortable, the staff were friendly and efficient. I would stay here again given the opportunity. Things I liked was no mini bar, so the fridge was usable for some drinks etc. The room was cleaned to a high ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 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 14 Oct. to 15 Oct.

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! (986 reviews)

"Great check in. We arrived at hotel at 11am expecting to store our bags but we were given our rooms which was great. Staff were wonderful and check in a breeze! Our room was spacious and clean."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

Popular places to visit in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

4.5/5(1,026 reviews)

A great location for water sports, New Zealand’s third-largest lake is an impressive natural landmark framed by soaring mountains and encircled by walking trails.

Cardrona Alpine Resort
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Cardrona Alpine Resort

4.5/5(193 reviews)

Take lessons on the baby slopes, tear up fresh power at a higher elevation or attempt daring stunts in the terrain parks at this popular mountain resort.

Skyline Gondola
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Skyline Gondola

4.5/5(709 reviews)

One of the steepest cable-car rides in the world, offering incredible panoramic views of the Queenstown region.

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

4.5/5(203 reviews)

A variety of slopes for all abilities and some excellent après-ski options are on offer at this ski field just minutes from central Queenstown.

The Remarkables Ski Area
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The Remarkables Ski Area

4.5/5(202 reviews)

Skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of inviting slopes at this ski mountain, known for being one of New Zealand’s best venues for freestyle snow riding.

Walter Peak High Country Farm
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Walter Peak High Country Farm

4.5/5(160 reviews)

This historic highland farm offers an insight into a traditional agrarian way of life on this island.

Top activities in Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch
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Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch

NZ$199
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
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Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure

NZ$133
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Barbecue Lunch
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TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Barbecue Lunch

NZ$129
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise
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Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise

NZ$35
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

NZ$125
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Self Guided Bike Experience - Arrowtown to Queenstown
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Self Guided Bike Experience - Arrowtown to Queenstown

NZ$89
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1378
5 - Excellent 68.65969108121574%
4 - Good
534
4 - Good 26.606875934230196%
3 - Okay
85
3 - Okay 4.235176880916791%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.4484304932735426%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.04982561036372696%

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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Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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