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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

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

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.

Skycity Queenstown

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

Shotover River

Shotover River

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

Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track

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

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

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

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

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

Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track

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

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

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

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

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

Planning Your Queenstown 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

Well worth the money -beautiful views also!

We were able to book online the night before for Luge and Gondola. The luge had great employees to assure everyone knew how to stop, go, turn, etc. You start on a "1st Time Run" and then the other 2 were a different track although both were quite enjoyable. The gondola line and luge line went pretty quickly. Thank you Hannah from California for directing us Floridians NOT to walk up that hill! We enjoyed a few beers in the bar area while overlooking the bay area and watching all the action. This is a definite MUST DO!

Skyline Queenstown Gondola and Luge Rides Reviewed by Michele, 03/05/2019

Sensational. Great flight, pilot and cruise!

Very glad I choose to fly to Milford Sound instead of doing the whole day bus trip. Very efficient operation from pick up to drop off. No waiting around. No over energetic annoying tourism staff trying to oversell the experience. Pilot was great, providing just the right amount of information without being distracting which allowed us to soak in the amazing landscape. Cruise was also great. Beautiful waterfalls, snow capped mountains and plenty of Dolphins and seals coming out to play.

Milford Sound Flight and Cruise Reviewed by Nathan, 27/06/2019

Fantastic!! The guide Sam was a high point. The Fiord was amazing!

I especially appreciated our guide Sam who was informed and entertaining throughout the trip. He is a safe and careful driver too, which really helped for those of us not used to driving on high mountain roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Queenstown, as it has been a high point of my trip here. Thanks again to our guide and driver Sam, who did an amazing job.

Best weather, Cruise was fantastic as the scenery is amazing.

The bus driver was very experienced, informative. There was a family with a baby that kept crying in the bus on the way which made it uncomfortable sometimes. When I mentioned this to the bus driver, he did help. Picnic lunch was a healthy option.

From Queenstown: 1-Day Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 27/06/2019

Milford sound was great, Mt Cook was not really great bus was late

Milford sound was great, Mt Cook was not really good bus was late two hours waiting for two person lat. So the 7:20 tour became 9:am by the bus depart already 9:00 am everybody not happy it was not a really good day for us.