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

Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$141 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown City Centre hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola, and is ...
4.4/5Excellent! (388 reviews)
"Friendly staff, excellent cleanliness. Well priced with good room amenities. Convenient location."

Reviewed on 11 Aug,2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is S$182 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. SKYCITY Wharf Casino and Creative Queenstown ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (649 reviews)
"Lovely hotel to stay in. The rooms are comfortable. The amenities are great and it is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. The lake views are wonderful. The staff are super helpful and friendly. I stay here regularly and will continue to do so."

Reviewed on 24 Sep,2021

QT Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$150 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice Arena and Queenstown ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Very tidy and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 17 Sep,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.
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$105 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,207 reviews)
"From check in to check out the staff were amazing. We flew over from Adelaide during COVID times on the East Coast and had to ( chose to ) stay an extra few nights. Staff could not offer the same room but managed to book us in the room alongside and returning from skiing they had transferred our ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul,2021

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is S$136 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from St Josephs Parish and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice ...
4.2/5Excellent! (909 reviews)
"It was spacious, clean and had an amazing view. It was a bit disappointing with such an old technology tv. We couldn’t even use our chrome cast as they have the two step internet log in which meant chrome cast couldn’t do it. That was a shame as cold at night and would have been nice to use the fire ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2021

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is S$113 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (369 reviews)
"The studio room was great and perfect for our stay. The view from the window was so beautiful, who doesn’t want to wake up to majestic snow topped mountains everybmorning? The kitchenette was so handy especially once lockdown was announced and we had 2 days left to wait for our flight back to Auckland. ..."

Reviewed on 19 Aug,2021

Wyndham Garden 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.

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