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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.

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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 AU$172 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
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! (365 reviews)
"Excellent clean Hotel in a great location. Will be good when the restaurant opens too."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Kamana Lakehouse
Kamana Lakehouse
4.5 out of 5
139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
The price is AU$288 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of TSS Earnslaw Steamship, Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (199 reviews)
"Stayed 4 nights here and it is so beautiful and cosy in winter, we had a standard king room and it was incredibly clean, had everything you needed such as a smart room and google chrome cast on the TV."

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Kamana Lakehouse
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Kawarau Falls
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$236 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Remarkables Park Town Centre and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Event Centre and Alpine Aqualand ...
4.4/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Lovely person checking us in"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
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