Queenstown is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the magnificent Remarkables Range and is a popular destination for travellers.
With activities ranging from white water rafting to jet boating, bungy jumping there is something for every adventure enthusiast. With an emerging cosmopolitan culture, fine dining, award winning wines and luxurious day spas are also available.
Queenstown, known to some as the adventure capital of the world, is nestled beside the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and shadowed by the spectacular Remarkables Mountain Range. From sparkling lakes in the summer to snow tipped peaks in the winter - Queenstown has something for visitors all year round.
Queenstown was first discovered by the Maori Pounamu (Jade) hunters and then by gold miners. Now the stylish resort town welcomes guests from all over the globe featuring world-class cuisine, stunning and remote surroundings, not one but two ski fields, designer stores and friendly locals.
As soon as the snow begins to fall, travellers and locals flock to the mountains in Queenstown. The popular resort town offers two ski areas including the option for night skiing. If skiing or snowboarding isn't your think you can catch a gondola up to Bob's Peak to witness the stunning landscape that encompasses Queenstown. Another popular sight is the Earnslaw steamship, also known as the Lady of the Lake, which was originally designed to move sheep, cattle and passengers but nowadays runs tourists to and from the Walter Peak station.
No one can visit Queenstown without testing their legs on one of the many hills or mountains in the town. Climb Queenstown Hill for amazing views of the Queenstown landscape and afar. Conquer the slopes on horseback during a guided trek or if you have the skills rock climb your way to spectacular heights. The nearby Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks have to be seen to be believed with some of the most picturesque surrounds in the country.
If adrenalin is your thing then Queenstown is the place to go - it hasn't been called the Adventure Capital for nothing. If heights get your heart pumping then why not try bungy jumping, hand gliding or sky diving. If the combination of speed, water and adventure is your idea of fun then take a spin on a jet boat, hit the rapids white water rafting or for a more relaxed approach try sailing or kayaking. Explore the trails by foot, 4WD, mountain bike or even horseback.
In recent years Queenstown has developed a distinct cosmopolitan culture with fine dining, award-winning local wines and a buzzing nightlife. With downtown Queenstown covering less than 2 square kilometres most shops and eateries are within walking distance. You can join a wine tour or test the local produce in one of the many restaurants. Enjoy a round of golf at one of Queensland's four golf courses or relax at a day spa. Queenstown offers entertainment options for the adventure and leisure seeker.
In the summer months Queenstown's days are long with sun rising as early as 5:30am and setting as late as 10:30pm some days. December through till February is a great time to take advantage of the sunlight and enjoy a picnic, bush walk or even a drink out by the lake. Autumn brings a flurry of reds and gold's to the picturesque town and you can expect to enjoy clear weather during the day and cool weather at night. As temperatures can vary greatly it is suggested you bring a range of clothing.
Winter means ski time in Queenstown with snowy mountains and blue skies a given. The town is a buzz of activity as tourists and locals unite in their love of snow sports. In winter temperatures will often fall below 0°c so be sure to dress warmly. Spring is a delightful season as the snow slowly regresses and the flowers blossom. While you may find warm, sunny days the weather is unpredictable so layered clothing is suggested.
There is a vast range of accommodation options in Queenstown including tent sites, motels, hotels, farmstays, lodges, B&Bs and more.
You can get to Queenstown by car, bus or plane. Queenstown Airport has daily flights from New Zealand main cities and several flights each week from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Main Towns in the Queenstown Region
Other Towns in the Queenstown Region