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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

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$182 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (965 reviews)
"We loved the fact that the Hilton was slightly off the beaten track and set right on lake Wanaka. It created a wonderful sense of seclusion while still feeling connected to Queenstown township. Sitting in the room with a fire, glass of wine and looking out over the lake was bliss. Really ..."

Reviewed on 9 May,2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$163 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Brilliant position in the centre of town, but very quiet. Staff warm, kind and welcoming. Lots of little personal touches throughout the stay. The restaurant and bar were a little underwhelming in appearance, but good service and food. Try the gnocchi!"

Reviewed on 6 May,2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$129 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice ...
4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Lovely comfy bed, beautifully clean, great shower. Friendly staff. Handy to everything."

Reviewed on 9 May,2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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.
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$135 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Queenstown Hill, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,214 reviews)
"The service meals communication friendliness were all excellent. The scenery from the room and dining area were excellent. We would recommend going there again. compliments to the chef we were happy to eat in when we could."

Reviewed on 7 May,2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
The price is SG$163 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (1,057 reviews)
"Well presented and great size rooms. Facilities as expected Close walk to town."

Reviewed on 26 Apr,2021

Peppers Beacon Queenstown
QS Jade
QS Jade
4.5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$160 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice Arena ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"We were very pleased with the accomodation provided. The location was stunning, the unit well appointed and clean. An easy walk into town and the lake. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 10 May,2021

QS Jade
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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Reviews of Queenstown

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5/5 - Excellent

James

22 Mar 2020

Nice place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Mark

21 Mar 2020

Fantastic place to visit with breathtaking views.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Stay for atleast a week! There is so much to do. Really take full advantage of the place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Absolutely loved Queenstown. So much to see & do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Feb 2020

Lovely place - well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Great short stop while travelling around New Zealand. Would definitely recommend a stop over. We stayed 3 nights, probably could have done another night.