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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Tour, Skiing and Lakes

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Where to stay in Queenstown

Frankton
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Frankton

Lakes, Romantic, Mountains

Stay in this picturesque part of Queenstown where the airport is located to enjoy spectacular mountain views and relaxed lakeside walks.

Sunshine Bay
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Sunshine Bay

Romantic, Skiing, Skyscrapers

Go for a scenic walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu in this peaceful suburb in the foothills of Ben Lomond, one of Queenstown’s most iconic mountains.

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Top hotels in Queenstown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Ramada Queenstown Central
3 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
AU$138/night
11 Oct. - 12 Oct.
4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

Situated in Queenstown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"Staff were friendly accommodating. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2019

Ramada Queenstown Central
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
AU$158/night
17 Sep. - 18 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,534 reviews)

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.8 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,534 reviews)

"Great location Dated but nicely appointed where it matter with a great first impression. Would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2019

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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Heritage Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
AU$189/night
21 Sep. - 22 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,449 reviews)

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola and Queenstown Gardens ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,449 reviews)

"Great staff! Very friendly and accommodating.Everyone strives to make certain the guests needs are met.Food is excellent."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2019

Heritage Queenstown

Popular activities in Queenstown

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

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.

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

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

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

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

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

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

Top activities in Queenstown

Milford Sound Cruiser - Coach & Cruise Full-Day Tour
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Milford Sound Cruiser - Coach & Cruise Full-Day Tour

AU$121

The beautiful setting of Milford Sound is waiting to be discovered on this comprehensive tour. Explore for yourself on this scenic coach ride and fjord cruise. With glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops, this full-day tour offers all the allure this region has to offer.

Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

AU$183

For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery.

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

AU$178

Join our seamless day trip to Milford Sound on board brand new glass-roofed coaches connecting with a spacious purpose built catamaran. Board the coach in Queenstown and travel alongside Lake Wakatipu and through farming countryside to Te Anau where you will enjoy a short rest stop.

Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
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Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure

AU$94

For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike, embark on a high-octane ride deep into the narrow canyons of the fast-moving Shotover River on this heart-pounding jet boat adventure. Climb aboard your custom-designed vessel, specifically built for maximum speed and agility, and hang on tight.

Bike The Wineries Full Day Self-Guided Tour
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Bike The Wineries Full Day Self-Guided Tour

AU$89

Ride through the Gibbston Valley's rolling vineyards to discover the area's exquisite local wines. On this fully self-guided bike tour, cruise along the stunning Arrow River Trail to reach the fertile valley at your own pace, and then spend the rest of the day visiting the wineries of your choice.

Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise
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Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise

AU$42

Explore the far-flung corners of Lake Wakatipu with a cruise to Mount Nicholas High Country Farm, taking in magnificent views along the way. With entertaining commentary and breathtaking vistas of the local landscape, get an unforgettable look at some of New Zealand's greatest sights.

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