Queenstown

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Top attractions in Queenstown

Top 10 things to do in Queenstown

This fantastic resort town is one of the most desirable places to visit in New Zealand. Here, any traveler will be satisfied with the great outdoors, culture and a good night life!

  • Lake Hayes

    1. Lake Hayes

    Really one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. On a sunny day, a trip here will not be forgotten.

  • Skippers Canyon

    2. Skippers Canyon

    This historic and scenic gorge was once home to New Zealand's richest gold-bearing river, the Shotover River. The river still exists, of course, but the gold is no more.

  • 3. Skycity Queenstown

    If you feel like a spot of gambling, then definitely head over to Skycity Casino and try your luck.

  • Shotover River

    4. Shotover River

    This fast flowing river is fantastic for thrill seeking tourists who can book on adventure tours.

  • Hollyford Track

    5. Hollyford Track

    This is a fantastic backpacking track for tourists and is accessible all year round.

  • The Remarkables

    6. The Remarkables

    These mountains are visible from Queenstown, and are worth heading to for walking or other adventure activities.

  • Lake Wakatipu

    7. Lake Wakatipu

    New Zealand's third largest lake, and at the feet of The Remarkables, the views here are breathtaking.

  • Routeburn Track

    8. Routeburn Track

    Another great backpacking track, popular with tourists - why not book onto a guided trip?

  • Fiordland National Park

    9. Fiordland National Park

    This national park is truly remarkable, and a great place to visit when in the region.

  • Lake Wanaka

    10. Lake Wanaka

    Another lake worth visiting, with plenty to see and do for tourists.

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    A difficult question to answer, as Queenstown has 5 different climate zones! To be safe however, the dry season is May to October, but you can visit all year-round.

  • How long to visit?

    It all depends on what you're planning - if you want to go backpacking, visit the mountains, and see the beautiful countryside, then one to two weeks will satisfy any happy campers.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
    +64
  • Best time to visit
    Each season has something to offer, so plan according to what you want to do. Skiing in the winter, milder temperatures and rejuvenation in the spring, warm weather and hiking in the summer, and the beautiful foliage in the fall.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,931 reviews

The Milford Sounds trip was the highlight of our holiday around the South Island. As its a long trip from Queenstown to Milford, we chose to take the coach-cruise-coach option - it was not only a break from driving (we were averaging 200+kms a day)- but with a driver/guide you know about what you're seeing, rather than whisking past the stunning scenery!

It was an experience of a lifetime one we will never forget awesome does not do it justice from the moment you board your aircraft . We will do it again . Karl the pilot was fantastic giving a commentary and answering all questions nothing was to much trouble

Pleasant cruise down the lake. The setup at Walter Peak is amazing with the bbq buffet lunch matching/exceeding any high class restaurant. Staff were amazing and the whole thing finished of with a demonstration from a working sheep dog.

Fabulous lunch and relaxing boat trip. Plenty to see and do at Walter Peak Station. Great staff there! Beautiful place and a must see and do if staying in Queenstown. Very good value for money!

Excellent, friendly staff including tour guide driver and Milford Sound cruise staff- fun and entertaining- the idea of "Liquid Sunshine" will be indelibly fixed in my brain box. :)