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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.

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

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is AU$224 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (969 reviews)

"We spent 5 nights at the Hilton, was fantastic for a family holiday, our room had a full kitchen which was a bonus when traveling with kids. The staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful. We had breakfast included and it was really good and plentiful. The buildings are a little tired inside with ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is AU$132 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (963 reviews)

"The property is in a great location, the restaurant is simple but suitable for dining in, the service is excellent"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 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 AU$168 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 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)

"The hotel is clean, friendly and in a great location."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel 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.

Holiday Rentals in Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is AU$121 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

Located in Frankton, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Remarkables Park Town Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Event Centre and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (329 reviews)

"Very clean tidy room.would recommend this hotel to any traveler."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is AU$157 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (883 reviews)

"The room, (cheaper version for our short trip) was a lot bigger than we expected, clean and tidy and still had a view of the lake and mountains. Short drive or beautiful walk into town. Peaceful and quiet, Cleaning team was great, Every time we went out for the day on our return the room had been ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is AU$158 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated on a lake, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and SKYCITY Wharf Casino are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,067 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Convenient location close to the town centre."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Peppers Beacon 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.

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)

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.

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)

Discover what everyday life used to be like on the South Island with a visit to this traditional highland farm.

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

AU$185
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure
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Shotover River Canyons Jet Boat Adventure

AU$124
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Barbecue Lunch
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TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Barbecue Lunch

AU$120
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

AU$209
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

AU$165
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

AU$46
Per adult

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.606875934230196%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.235176880916791%
2 - Disappointing
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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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