Queenstown

Travel Guide
Queenstown

It's no accident that this city is the birthplace of both bungy jumping and jet boating – if you're looking for adventure, Queenstown is the perfect place for you.

On the South Island of New Zealand, between Lake Wakatipu and Ben Lomond, lies one of the world's most popular hubs for outdoor activities. People are drawn to Queenstown by the area's manifold opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and exploring. And all this sits amidst the unique natural splendour of New Zealand.

Despite its oceanic climate, visitors can benefit from the snow-capped peaks which surround the city for four months from May to August. At this time of year, you'll see a wealth of skiers and snowboarders speeding down some of the best slopes in the country. If you'd rather take your time to marvel at the glorious scenery, you can always ditch the board in favour of a hike or cycle. You don't even have to bring your own equipment for any of these activities as there are plentiful professional rental companies and outfitters in the area who will cater to your every need. A word to the wise: given the influx of tourists during the snow season, it's wise to book accommodation well in advance if you plan on travelling at this time.

During the long summer days the average temperature in Queensland is a pleasant 25° C meaning that you can walk to many of the recommended tourist sites. When you reach Lake Wakatipu, take a break from all that walking and board the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship for a short cruise to Walter Peak and a visit to High Country Farm, where you'll get an insight into traditional New Zealand farming. Bob's Peak offers one of the best views in the area and, even if you're not interested in hiking, you can still partake of the view via the Skyline Gondola which whisks visitors up to the top.

If you're in Queenstown for adventure, you may want to take a leap from the first commercial bungy jumping platform in the world; Kawarau Suspension Bridge gives you the thrill of 43 metres of freefall. Adrenaline junkies won't want to miss the Shotover Jet experience either. If you have enough energy left to organise your own picnic, head to the sprawling Queenstown Gardens to round out your outdoor itinerary.

After a busy day, central Queenstown's many bars, hotels and restaurants will replenish your energy for the night ahead. The Steamer Wharf entertainment precinct is the most popular spot in the city to go to unwind.

Although Queenstown can be reached by plane as well as by bus, car rental is the most common way to get around here and is therefore widely available.

Where to stay in Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$122 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Good value for money."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$141 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star ski hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (464 reviews)
"Not bad for the price"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2022

Ramada Queenstown Central
Kamana Lakehouse
Kamana Lakehouse
4.5 out of 5
139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$172 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 hot tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (212 reviews)
"Customer service was excellent, we felt welcomed, and answered any questions we had. Room presented nicely With a homey vibe despite not getting a lakeside view. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Kamana Lakehouse
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.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$119 per night from 20 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (399 reviews)
"Our stay was excellent. No hassles, and friendly helpful front desk and room maintenance girls. We would return!"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2022

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$140 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star luxury apartment in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free shopping centre shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (935 reviews)
"2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with spa pool. Stunning view, massive balcony with outdoor furniture. Quiet in terms of traffic noise even though I was close to the road. Well fitted kitchen. Gas fire. Bathrooms very small but very high quality. Large leather L shaped couch. Small dining table. 20min ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is AU$168 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (751 reviews)
"Should be more clearly stated that there is no staff after 7pm. Tried to get a couple more towels but no one answers the phone. Had to msg the hotel via chat on Expedia to get a response the next morning."

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2022

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu 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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