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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.

Queenstown Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Queenstown

Frankton featuring a lake or waterhole, forest scenes and a small town or village

Frankton

4/5Very Good!(11 area reviews)

Frankton is known for its fantastic lake views, and you can make a stop by Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Event Centre while in the area.

Frankton
Sunshine Bay showing mountains, forests and a small town or village

Sunshine Bay

Visitors to Sunshine Bay like its mountain views and restaurants, and Lake Wakatipu is a sight worth a stop.

Sunshine Bay

Top hotels in Queenstown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is RM400 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Event Centre and Remarkables Park Town Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel. The rooms were lovely. The beds were comfortable. Lovely outlook."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is RM477 per night

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"Great location and easily walkable to all the downtown activities. Car parking is at a premium so suggest factoring in their valet service. Nice lobby area and the 360 restaurant breakfast was excellent. Rooms getting a bit tired but clean. Comfortable beds and a pillow menu made up for this."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
The price is RM436 per night

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, just steps away from Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Had great four night stay great room very clean The whole hotel was kept very clean Fantasy friendly team who really made an effort to make sure that you had a great experience new menu in the hotel restaurant was very good focused on local produce And a very handy position in down town ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Popular places to visit in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu
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Lake Wakatipu

4.5/5(66 reviews)

A great location for water sports, New Zealand’s third-largest lake is an impressive natural landmark framed by soaring mountains and encircled by walking trails.

Cardrona Alpine Resort
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Cardrona Alpine Resort

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Take lessons on the baby slopes, tear up fresh power at a higher elevation or attempt daring stunts in the terrain parks at this popular mountain resort.

Skyline Gondola
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Skyline Gondola

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Experience one of the world's steepest cable-car journeys and enjoy stunning views from Bob's Peak across Queenstown and the beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Coronet Peak Ski Area
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Coronet Peak Ski Area

4/5(11 reviews)

A variety of slopes for all abilities and some excellent après-ski options are on offer at this ski field just minutes from central Queenstown.

The Remarkables Ski Area
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The Remarkables Ski Area

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of inviting slopes at this ski mountain, known for being one of New Zealand’s best venues for freestyle snow riding.

Walter Peak High Country Farm
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Walter Peak High Country Farm

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Discover what everyday life used to be like on the South Island with a visit to this traditional highland farm.

Top things to do in Queenstown

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch
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Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise ex Queenstown with Lunch

RM549
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Walter Peak Farm Tour & Barbecue Lunch
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TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Walter Peak Farm Tour & Barbecue Lunch

RM300
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Tour
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TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Tour

RM208
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Small-Group City Highlights Tour
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Small-Group City Highlights Tour

RM277
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

RM468
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Milford Sound Personal Private Tour and Boat Cruise
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Milford Sound Personal Private Tour and Boat Cruise

RM2,440
Per adult

Reviews of Queenstown

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
66
5 - Excellent 68.75%
4 - Good
26
4 - Good 27.083333333333332%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 3.125%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 1.0416666666666667%

5/5 - Excellent

James

22 Mar 2020

Nice place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Mark

21 Mar 2020

Fantastic place to visit with breathtaking views.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Stay for atleast a week! There is so much to do. Really take full advantage of the place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Absolutely loved Queenstown. So much to see & do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Feb 2020

Lovely place - well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Great short stop while travelling around New Zealand. Would definitely recommend a stop over. We stayed 3 nights, probably could have done another night.

Wanaka featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

Wanaka

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Arthur's Point

Arrowtown showing a garden and hiking or walking as well as a couple

Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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