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Queenstown
Travel Guide

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

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 SG$149 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar
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! (955 reviews)

"Great location, excellent views across the lake. Very relaxing atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown
4 out of 5
CNR STANLEY AND SYDNEY STREET, Queenstown
The price is SG$149 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Josephs Parish and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (91 reviews)

"Everything is perfect , staff is great, service is amazing ."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2021

Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown
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$184 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
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! (980 reviews)

"Excellent location, friendly staff and great customer service"…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb,2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
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

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$129 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (899 reviews)

"We had a amazing day here , will definitely come back! We got a free upgrading and private balcony for our anniversary. The staff at reception is very nice and polite. The view is worth the price! The bed is big and comfortable, normally I am not comfortable with the hotel bed as some of them are ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2021

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 SG$129 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Hill and Queenstown ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,224 reviews)

"The staff there are so helpful and friendly, we had a lovely spot the room itself was so good."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is SG$99 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Hill and Skyline ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,178 reviews)

"Nice place to stay. clean and tidy Friendly atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan,2021

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
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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Top Destination

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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.