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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$17

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$18

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$168

3 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$95

4 Scenic Suites Queenstown

4 stars
4.4 / 5 33 reviews

27 Stanley Street Map

FREE Wifi

With picturesque surrounding vista from the luxurious accommodations, the centrally located Scenic Suites Queenstown makes for an ideal base when vacationing in this side of southern New Zealand.... More

Great hotel
Hotel was really good at a discounted price and the restaurant food (delivered to the room!) was just real awesome! Thanks, we will come back here for sure!
22 Apr 2015
From US$74

5 Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

4 stars
4.3 / 5 46 reviews

88 Frankton Road Map

Winter Sale - Save 20%

With scenic views of Lake Wakatipu and a host of outdoor activities in the surrounding area, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview makes for a suitable base for a Queenstown vacation.... More

Not quite a four star
Nice views, clean rooms, very helpful and friendly staff at all hours. HOWEVER, as per previous reviews, it is at the top of a very steep hill when walking back from the city. The rooms are at the...
6 Aug 2015
From US$81

6 Heartland Hotel Queenstown

3 stars
4.4 / 5 22 reviews

27 Stanley Street Map

FREE Wifi

Offering warm welcome and high quality of comforts, this property makes you to feel at home. GeneralGuests can avail the services of photocopying, fax as well as currency exchange. During leisure,... More

Great for couples
The hotel was great except the bathroom needs some urgent updating to 21 style. Beams to low in bathroom. Needs refit. The views were super across the lake. John hea of hope island qld.
26 Mar 2015
From US$119

7 Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown - MGallery Collection by Accor

5 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

10-18 Brunswick street Map

Save 33% on your stay. Includes breakfast

Offering exceptional service and contemporary accommodation in an inviting atmosphere, Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown - MGallery Collection by Accor is a unique place of majestic beauty and lifelong... More

Great place for a quick trip to Queenstown
We loved our stay at St Moritz. It is close to town, the views are awesome and the staff were all very friendly.
15 Jun 2015
From US$93

8 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$80

9 Oaks Shores Apartments Queenstown

4 stars
4.3 / 5 125 reviews

327-343 Frankton Road Map

Includes Breakfast for 2

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Oaks Shores Apartments Queenstown takes holidaymakers away from the hubbub of city life and out to the natural attractions in this part of New Zealand.... More

OK
Great: The location has a beautiful view Parking spots available Heated floor in bathroom Kitchen well supplied Average- room decor, room lay-out room service pizza Below average: -wi-fi was...
16 Jul 2015
From US$66

10 Mercure Queenstown Resort

4 stars
4.5 / 5 93 reviews

Sainsbury Road Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Featuring a stylish, modern alpine theme to accentuate the spectacular views of surrounding areas and combined with warm, friendly service, the Mercure Queenstown Resort will certainly make your... More

trip
Stayed here a few times all ways good deal would stay again
29 May 2015
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