Queenstown is a truly international resort, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and majestic lakes.
It boasts excellent shops and boutiques selling a great range of souvenirs, jewellery, art and clothing. Nightlife is varied with stylish wine bars, live jazz, top DJ's, and plenty of bars serving locally brewed beer or après ski in front of a roaring log fire.
Known as New Zealand's adventure capital, Queenstown has something for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies there is bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, skydiving, paragliding and much, much more. For those who are after a more relaxing getaway, the area also offers a multitude of tracks for walking and bicyling, many golf courses, or just leisurely lake cruises, scenic flights, with wineries and fashionable cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
In winter the town draws skiers and snowboarders from all over the world to its popular ski areas Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, both within half an hour of Queenstown, further afield, Cardrona, Snow Park and Snow Farm are all within 45 minutes drive. Buses and transfers can be arranged to all ski resorts in the area.
Queenstown offers a wide range of quality golf courses. Whether you are in the mood for a backcountry course or a country club setting, Queenstown has you covered! Each course offers a beautiful backdrop and varying levels of difficulty. See the list below to find the course that suits your fancy.
The Central Otago region has become very well know for their wines. Take the time to explore the wineries close to town while on your Queenstown vacation. Many of the wineries offer wine tastings along with lunch and afternoon snack menus. Enjoy!
Whether you are after a leisurely bike ride or an adrenaline filled rush, Queenstown has you covered! The Queenstown Trail is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s Greatest Rides. It is open all day, every day and is free to ride. Plan your adventure now.
Spinnker Bay is part of the Queenstown Trail Association. The Queenstown Trail unveils 100+kms of stunning new vistas, hidden ruins, spectacular architecture and world class food and wine.
Only a stones throw from Queenstown is the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Arrowtown is a sleepy escape from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown and the perfect place for lunch or dinner at some of the world renowned restaurants or a sedate perusal of some of the very interesting shops.
Gibbston is only 20 minutes drive from Queenstown and the home of New Zealand’s internationally famous Pinot Noir grapes. Take a wine tour or pick one of the wonderful restaurants in the Valley of the Vines and sample some amazing local fare and wines.
At the head of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is a remote settlement characterised by towering mountains squeezing the little village almost into the lake. This is awe inspiring countryside.
Getting the best deal in a new town is key to making your holiday more memorable. Jude and Ian are your Queenstown locals with all the best advice on what’s hot and what’s not in town. Talk to them about booking your activities whether that be a Bungy jump, heli-skiing, horse-riding, or jet-boating and much much more.