When the first jet boat appeared on the Shotover River in 1965, a tourism institution was born. Today, Queenstown and Glenorchy’s shallow, braided rivers flanked by untouched wilderness are considered jet boating paradise. And with an endless stream of visitors on the hunt for thrills, it’s no wonder that our town is the place to go for world-class jet boating.
So, ice cream probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind on a chilly winter’s day in Queenstown. But we’d like you to reconsider! For a small town, Queenstown offers some big players in the ice cream stakes. No matter the weather, we invite you to experience two very impressive Queenstown ice cream shops.
The Winter Games - what's it all about
The biennial Audi Quattro Winter Games have quickly become one of biggest sporting events not only in Queenstown but in the Southern Hemisphere - attracting world call winter athletes from all over the world. So what's it all about? Why the fuss?
If there’s one thing we love about Queenstown, it’s the distinct change in seasons. While we’re currently in the midst of snowfalls, frosty starts and après-ski, things will shift dramatically when spring approaches. Queenstown boasts four vastly different seasons, each one brings something unique to see, do and enjoy.
With so many activities to do in Queenstown, many visitors miss out on what’s going on outside Queenstown! Don't let the towering peaks and windy mountain roads put you off. Getting out of Queenstown for a day trip is not that difficult. Within a few hours, you could be at the beach, in a vineyard or exploring historic gold mining ruins.
There is already a buzz in the air. Ski season is here, and locals and visitors are hitting the slopes. If you’re planning a winter holiday to Queenstown, here’s what you need to know.
The most important thing to know about winter in Queenstown is that you don’t need to ski or snowboard to have fun. Queenstown’s famous activities like jet boating, wine touring, Skyline gondola and the TSS Earnslaw cruise all run throughout the winter season. So whether you love the white stuff or you are here to see snow for the first time, Queenstown is an unbeatable choice for your winter holiday destination.
The Queenstown Winter Festival is a highlight on both visitors and locals calendar. It is a time when everyone mixes together to celebrate the sort of official beginning of the ski season and all things winter. The festival runs for a week with loads of different activities and events - too many to make in one year. So here is our little local guide to the some of our favourite events.
They tell us breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, before you rush out the door and jump headfirst into all that Queenstown has to offer, take time to plan your first stop. Breakfast! If you’re heading out for a day of adventure and sightseeing you’re going to need as much sustenance as possible! Let us share some of our favourite spots for fuelling up.
Are you hanging out for the 2017 ski season as much as we are? Just can't wait.