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Queenstown

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 weekend away. Plan the best things to do in Queenstown with our travel guide.

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Places to stay

If you’re visiting Queenstown for a winter ski trip, there’s plenty of accommodation options on offer near the stunning snow capped 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 best area to stay to visit New Zealand’s top vineyards or to explore the historic mining town. Head to the South Island and admire the stunning scenery or world-class hiking of Milford Sound and Fiordland. Our tip is to book Milford Sound Lodge or Knob’s flat in advance as camping options are limited.

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. It's time to plan the best sights to visit and add to your NZ holiday itinerary.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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