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QueenstownNew Zealand

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

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Frankton

4.5/5Wonderful!(216 area reviews)

Frankton
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Sunshine Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$184
per night
13 Apr. - 14 Apr.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Remarkables Park Town Centre and Queenstown Event Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,401 reviews)

"We stayed for 7 days 6 nights at this resort. We loved it, very clean, we had maid service every day and they were wonderful, the pool/jacuzzi/sauna was amazing. Staff was always greeting us anytime passing one, and it was overall a beautiful stay! Would definitely reccomend."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
AU$169
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,401 reviews)

". We have stayed there before and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.However We mainly dined in the town where honestly the food choices were superior to that at the Novotel and considerably cheaper in most cases. I think they need to lift there game in that regard.The buffet breakfast was fair to average. ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown
DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
Kawarau Village 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$138
per night
13 Apr. - 14 Apr.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Remarkables Park Town Centre and Queenstown Event Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,596 reviews)

"Loved water taxi ride. Staff extremely helpful. Bathroom needed improving and decorating."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

Popular activities in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

4.5/5(1,019 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(706 reviews)

Experience one of the world's steepest cable-car journeys and enjoy stunning views from Bob's Peak across Queenstown and the beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

The Remarkables Ski Area
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The Remarkables Ski Area

4.5/5(201 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.

Shotover Jet
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Shotover Jet

4.5/5(250 reviews)

Speed down the winding Shotover River in one of Queenstown's most beloved attractions.

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

4.5/5(202 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.

Top activities in Queenstown

Arrowtown & Wanaka Small Group Tour
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Arrowtown & Wanaka Small Group Tour

78% of travellers recommend
AU$167
Per adult
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$222
Per adult
Queenstown Wine & Food Tour
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Queenstown Wine & Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$192
Per adult
Queenstown Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour
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Queenstown Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$222
Per adult
Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
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Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure

98% of travellers recommend
AU$131
Per adult
Kawarau Half-Day Canyoning Adventure
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Kawarau Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

100% of travellers recommend
AU$211
Per adult

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 68.71846619576186%
4 - Good
525
4 - Good 26.488395560040363%
3 - Okay
85
3 - Okay 4.288597376387488%
2 - Disappointing
9
2 - Disappointing 0.45408678102926336%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.050454086781029264%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Beautiful picturesque Queenstown. Loved sitting on the beach enjoying the scenery with a picnic from Fergsbakery. Enjoyed Gondola and Luge ride and finished up with lunch at stratosphere.

5/5 - Excellent

Ugen

20 Mar. 2020

Loved the place would definitely come back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Was quieter than my previous visits due to the virus threat. Was travelling by bike and it was easy to get around on some great trails.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Great food great experience.... definitely do a bungee jump

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

A beautiful place for a week. Highly recommend a visit. NOT NOMADS ,THIS WILL SPOIL YOUR VIST

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

The Skyline Gondola, Luge and resterant was an excellent day out. Highly recommended.

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