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 RM394 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (418 reviews)
"Really enjoyed staying in a studio apartment here for my 5 day trip to QTown. Perfect room for a stay that long - having a washer and dryer makes things easier! Loved the bar and restaurant downstairs - great atmosphere and wonderful pizza. The hotel and restaurant staff were all really lovely. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
The price is RM428 per night from 23 Dec to 23 Dec
This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Awesome location"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is RM465 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Skyline Gondola. Lake Wakatipu is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (996 reviews)
"Liked the central and the iew"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2021

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
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 RM402 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,245 reviews)
"Great staff and service. Really disappointed in the View. The view that we were sold on was a view of the lake from the room, but the view we received was a wall and construction. The construction team also blocked the entrance to the parking often, it was a little frustrating. The Wi-Fi was terrible, ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is RM440 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located near the slopes, this Queenstown aparthotel is in the mountains, and within 1 mi (2 km) of Queenstown Gardens, SKYCITY Wharf Casino and Kiwi and Birdlife ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (734 reviews)
"Great views, good location, close enough for a 10-15min walk to Queenstown centre"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is RM415 per night from 28 Nov to 28 Nov
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (913 reviews)
"Great location and great room"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2021

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
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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