Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why.
The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.
The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Experience one of the many walking & hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.
Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognize many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning. Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.
- Queenstown airport welcomes daily flights from New Zealand’s main centres and several flights each week to/from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
- The downtown area of Queenstown covers less than 2 square kilometres. Most shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
- Four golf courses (three eighteen-hole and one nine-hole) provide spectacular and varied terrain. Clubs, trundlers and carts can be hired.
- You won’t need a suit or tie in Queenstown. But be ready with warm clothing - mountain weather can change quickly.