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

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$120 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown Ice ...
4/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Same Set breakfast menu was boring when staying for whole week."

Reviewed on 25 Jan,2022

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$161 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"The location of the hotel is awesome and room 140 is the best of all, with an outside area, table chairs to sit out, whilst also enjoying your privacy. Staff were very courteous and polite. Will go back over and over again"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2022

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is S$204 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (669 reviews)
"Modern hotel a pleasant stroll from centre of town."

Reviewed on 17 Jan,2022

QT 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.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is S$126 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Located in Frankton, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Remarkables Park Town Centre and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Event Centre and Alpine ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (388 reviews)
"Excellent communication and very helpful staff. Room was spotlessly clean and bed super comfortable. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 15 Dec,2021

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$139 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (919 reviews)
"Nice place and beautiful view."

Reviewed on 21 Jan,2022

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$134 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,247 reviews)
"Beautifully appointed apartment with stunning lake view. Very quiet location. Amazing staff"

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2022

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
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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