Lake Wakatipu between Queentown and Glenorchy, Otago, South island, New Zealand

Few cities command such natural beauty as this New Zealand adventure hotspot. Surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Remarkables and crystal-clear water of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the perfect playground for thrill seekers, nature lovers or those simply after a relaxing, luxurious weekend away. Plus, the food and wine scene is to die for.

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Places to stay

If you’re visiting Queenstown in winter for a ski trip, there are plenty of accommodation options near the mountains. Cardrona is a family-oriented resort with lessons available for beginners plus advanced ski runs and snowboarding pipes for those after more adventure. Treble Cone, Coronet Peak and Arrowtown are popular resorts to stay near the snowfields with a variety of ski lodges, chalets, apartments and motel style accommodation available, some with free transport to the mountains. Central Otago is the area to stay to be located close to New Zealand’s top vineyards or to explore the historic mining town. If you’re heading to the South Island to take in stunning scenery or world-class hiking of Milford Sound and Fiordland – best to book Milford Sound Lodge or Knob’s flat in advance, with limited options available for camping.

Things to do

Known around the world for being the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown also offers a softer side, with its emerging restaurant scene, internationally renowned golf courses and vibrant new wineries. The younger crowd head to Queenstown to ski, throw themselves out of planes, bungee jump off Nevis Bridge or take an extreme jet boat ride, however if you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway you won't be disappointed either. Find a spot at the edge of Lake Wanaka and drink in the views, take a scenic plane ride over Milford Sounds, ride the Skyline Gondola or head further up the lake at Glenorchy for some stunning wilderness. A popular year round destination, there's a reason Queenstown has such an exciting reputation. Explore more experiences to add to your holiday itinerary.


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The region is famous for having four distinct seasons. In summer the long, warm days leave plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors to kayak and hike while in autumn you can enjoy the sight of red and gold blanketing the hills. If you visit in winter you’ll experience the stunning snowcapped mountains, glaciers with tempertaures ranging from -6 to 15°C while spring transforms the area with bright colours. 

Getting around

From the airport

You'll find the airport on the eastern edge of Queenstown. Look out the window when you land or take off and enjoy the incredible views. You can get in to town by bus or by hiring a car or taxi, all readily available at the airport. 

In and around the city

Queenstown is small enough that you'll be able to walk around the town and between it's more central locations and highlights. There are buses to get to the other parts of town and many hotels have shuttle buses that will ferry you at regular intervals. Hiring a car is highly recommended so you can enjoy the wider region at your own pace. 

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Getting you there

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