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What travelers to Queenstown are saying

Very beautiful city, love it
Angel 4 May 2015
Food, scenery, people
PAK H. 7 Mar 2015

Quality Queenstown

Before there were hobbits in New Zealand there was Queenstown – and if you thought Frodo and his friends were on an adventure, just wait until you get here. Situated on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps, Queenstown has everything for your ultimate adventure holiday…

Bungy-jumping. Check. Skydiving. Check. Caving. Check. Remarkable holiday and The Remarkables. Check and check. Wait, what was that last one? The Remarkables. They are a jagged mountain range that sits on the opposite side of the lake to the town. So after a day of adventure, you can find a seat at a laid-back café or one of the many lively bars in Queenstown and take in the view. Remarkable.

Queenstown’s Top 10

10. Horseback Riding Explore the scenery and try to spot a hobbit while riding into valleys and through rivers.

5. Fishing Throw a line into Lake Wakatipu at any time of the year and this glacial lake is sure to reward you with salmon or a very large rainbow trout.

9. Kiwi Birdlife Park A fun day out for the family and a chance to see New Zealand’s flightless symbol up close.

4. Skiing and Snowboarding Seasonal, or it would be higher on the list. There are four world-class ski fields to enjoy.

8. Skyline Gondola Fancy name for a cable car and even fancier views from the top of Bob’s Peak.

3. Maori Concert and Hangi Very touristy, but still a great chance to try food cooked Maori-style.

7. Parasailing For the best view of Lake Wakatipu, simply get strapped into a parachute and dragged behind a boat.

2. White-Water Rafting Queenstown is legendary for it. A huge variety of rapids are available. Things are going to get wet!

6. Underwater Observatory You may want to head here before parasailing, just to see what lurks beneath…

1. Shotover Jet Boating Speeding through narrow canyons and taking 360-degree spins. Pants-wettingly brilliant!

Queenstown History

  • Skyline Queenstown – Skyline complex on the summit of Bob's Peak. Lakefront trail goes to the 1924 hydrodam.
  • Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Queenstown's historic 100-year-old landmark.
  • Old Cromwell Town – Old town centre dating back to 1860.
  • Gold Panning – Try your luck at panning for gold in one of the many streams.
  • Arrowtown – Outside Queenstown, with quaint, historic buildings and beautiful scenery.

Queenstown Art & Culture

  • Winter Festival – The annual event includes skiing competitions and endurance races.
  • Arrowtown Autumn Festival – Annual festival celebrates autumn colours with a parade and daily events.
  • Walk to Middle Earth Gold Arrowtown – Guided walking tours to the locations used in the "Lord of the Rings" movies.
  • Lakes District Museum – Located in Arrowtown, the museum provides a look back into the life of the pioneers of an old gold mining town.
  • Walter Peak Heritage Excursions – Tour the TSS Earnshaw and visit the Walter Peak High Country Farm and gardens.

Queenstown Shopping

  • O’Connell’s Shopping Centre – New Zealand knit apparel, jewellery, artwork and food.
  • Bonz New Zealand – An outlet for merino wool handknit jackets and sweaters.
  • Australian Opals – Goldfields Jade and Opal and the Opal Centre.
  • Opal & Jade Factory – Specialty jewellery, including pearl, paua, jade and Australian opals.
  • The Gold Nugget – Specialty gifts handmade in New Zealand.

Gay & Lesbian Queenstown

  • Queenstown and Arrowtown – Great restaurants and wine. Walk to most restaurants.
  • Minibar – More than 100 varieties of great beers to sample in central Queenstown near the mall.
  • 12Bar – Chic, comfortable cocktail bar that is gay friendly. Oldies music and a video screen.
  • Dorothy Brown's – Bar and boutique cinema a short trip from Queenstown.
  • Fiordland – Boat excursions in the largest national park in New Zealand.

Queenstown Outdoor

  • Cruise Milford Sound – Small ship cruises for wildlife, spectacular waterfalls and rainforests.
  • The Shearing Shed – Farm tours for small groups and hands-on experiences.
  • Backpacking – Contact an Adventure Tour operator for details.
  • Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park – A beautiful vacation or weekend getaway right outside of Queensland. Great for families and groups.
  • Queenstown Gardens – Provides wonderful views of the city from Lake Wakatipu. Lovely way to spend a quiet afternoon.

Queenstown Sport

  • Golf at Kelvin Heights Golf Course located on the Peninsula to play on one of the most scenic courses.
  • Fish for a day or camp out for a week, and try fly fishing in the Queenstown Lakes district.
  • Plan a day on the courts or take lessons from the pros at Queenstown Tennis Club.
  • Play golf for the morning on one of the championship golf courses and enjoy a fine wine tasting in the afternoon on the Queenstown Wine Trail.
  • Rent mountain bikes for the day or go for a cross-country trip to Lake Wakatipu and Ben Lomond Forest.

Queenstown Events

Taking place over 10 days in June and July, the Queenstown Winter Festival is the biggest winter party in New Zealand, with fireworks, comedy, music and more.

The 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games is an elite competition held in August. Come and see how the pros do winter.

Also in August, the Burton Open Sessions music festival showcases some of NZ’s most popular alternative music.

Every August, award-winning films are screened at the Adventure Film Festival. They all have one thing in common – adventure!

The Queenstown Jazzfest is held in October and attracts both local and international artists.

When To Go

Peak crowds descend on Queenstown in December and January for summer and from June to August for winter. Expect packed bars and a variety of accents.

Spring (October to November) and autumn (March to May) are generally quieter, but there’s still plenty going on.

Summer temperatures can reach 30ºC (86ºF), but in winter the mercury rarely gets above 10ºC (50ºF).

Getting Around

Queenstown is small enough to walk around, which is a great way to discover all the little cafés and bars on offer.

An extensive multi-coloured bus network operates, so after a big night you only have to remember what colour bus you were on.

If you have had a particularly late night, a taxi is always an option. However, a Night Bus runs from midnight until 5am on weekends.

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From US$16

1 Nomads Queenstown

5 stars
4.5 / 5 8 reviews

5-11 Church Street Map

FREE Light Breakfast Included!

The Nomads Queenstown Backpackers Hostel is in the heart of Queenstown and has Skippers Canyon, Nzone, Kingston Flyer, Dart Stables, Skyline Gondola, Sail Queenstown and Queenstown Gardens in its... More

Queenstown visit
Very good location, helpful staff. Very clean and reasonable quiet. Good value for this money.
21 Jan 2015
From US$16

2 Base Queenstown

5 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

49 Shotover Street Map

Comfortable, budget-friendly and cosy, Base Queenstown Hostel offers a haven for adventurous vacationers exploring the areas and attractions of Queenstown in New Zealand. Apart from jet boating,... More

Central and Handy
You can't beat this for location and price. Great place.
24 Jan 2014
From US$66

3 Mantra Marina Queenstown

5 stars
4.6 / 5 40 reviews

875 Frankton Road Map

Book Now & Save 10%

Mantra Marina Queenstown makes for a convenient place to stay when on a Southern Lakes holiday with the Lake Wakitipu close by and easy access to the downtown area. Aside from fishing and boating... More

We have staying here as a family a number of times. Fantastic views, amenities etc
15 Sep 2015
From US$85

4 Alta Apartments

5 stars
4.5 / 5 6 reviews

89 Thompson Street Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save 48%

With lavish self-catering accommodations nestled on the foothills in the tranquil inner city, Alta Apartments makes for a fitting base for cosmopolitan travellers in this Otago resort town in New... More

Fantastic family rendezvous
Great location, stunning views and 10 min stroll into town centre. 20 min drive to Coronet Peak ski field. Roomy & stylish apartment with all amenities you need.
1 Sep 2015
From US$90

5 St James Apartments

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

5 Coronation Drive Map

Offering peaceful location and friendly service, the St James Apartments is an ideal place to stay when you are in Queenstown. GeneralThe St James Apartments offers well-appointed business centre... More

You get what you pay for!
Seriously, this place is a 2 minute walk away from everything, super super convenient!!! The staff really do try, room is clean, it was cheap - so I can't complain too much that its dark, dingy and...
27 Jan 2014
From US$189

6 Platinum Queenstown - Luxury Villas

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

96 Fernhill Road Map

Boasting self-serviced units with scenic views of Lake Wakatipu, Platinum Queenstown - Luxury Villas makes for an ideal retreat for holidaymakers visiting Queenstown. Vacationers at this chic New... More

Dont expect daily cleans
I chose this place as i have stayed here previously and loved the view. Its no longer owned by heritage across the road, but is still well run by the friendly staff The stay was great but my...
3 Aug 2014
From US$78

7 Goldridge Resort

3 stars
4.1 / 5 13 reviews

594 Frankton Rd Map

Goldridge Resort Queenstown is surrounded by stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and beautiful landscaped gardens. This resort is an ideal holiday retreat and offers quality accommodation... More

OK for one night
The hotel has friendly staff and our room had a nice view but overall we were disappointed. The room was smaller and more spartan than we had expected. We were surprised at the foot traffic passing...
3 Feb 2015
From US$176

8 The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown

5 stars
4.9 / 5 37 reviews

377 Frankton Road Map

Free Parking & Internet

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown is a beautiful property that welcomes you to enjoy the Queenstown accommodation experience and savour the heritage, culture and attractions of New... More

perfect setting perfect stay
The best accommodation experience in NZ. Such a beautiful setting next to the lake. Away from the buzz of the town centre yet only a pleasant walk along the lakeshore and you're there. Frequent...
6 Apr 2015
From US$86

9 Heritage Queenstown

4 stars
4.3 / 5 42 reviews

91 Fernhill Road Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

Offering stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range and the glittering waters of Lake Wakatipu, Heritage Hotel Queenstown makes for an ideal haven of tranquillity and relaxation in this... More

Great hotel
Everything was good except the limited 500MB Limit per day
4 Aug 2015
From US$73

10 Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 147 reviews

38-54 Lake Esplanade Map

Kids Stay & Dine FREE*

Suitable for business and holiday travellers, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is a modern resort oasis on the idyllic shores of Lake Wakatipu. From this Queenstown resort, tourists can easily... More

Location x 3
We love Queenstown! Rydges is a great location to discover all the town and the region have to offer. Rooms all have an amazing view over the lake. And while not being 2015 in style are comfortable...
16 May 2015
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