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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

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Kawarau Falls
The price is RM407 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Remarkables Park Town Centre and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Event Centre and Alpine Aqualand ...
4.4/5Excellent! (966 reviews)
"We have stayed here a few times. the rooms are getting a bit tired but still fine. A few thins were niggly this time - The parking had to be paid for separately, it was previously included in the room rate. The cleaning schedule was overloaded, I could see there was a lack of staff (to be expected) ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is RM465 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
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! (370 reviews)
"The location is great! The staff were super friendly and helpful. My room was awesome for an extended stay and the amenities in my room suited me fine. Would highly recommend this hotel to others ☺️"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
CNR STANLEY AND SYDNEY STREET, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM541 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Located in Queenstown City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Josephs Parish and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (204 reviews)
"Room carpet wasn’t clean . Previous guest bin , hair etc..always ask amenities ... a bit annoyed. Hotel was 👍"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Holiday Inn Express And Suites 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.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown
The price is RM389 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated near the airport, 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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (359 reviews)
"Property was ok. Fairly convenient to airport"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is RM458 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of St Josephs Parish, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. Queenstown Ice Arena and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,237 reviews)
"Great accommodation and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 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 RM422 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
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! (1,206 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
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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