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Drama is a byword for Queenstown, a lakeside resort town surrounded by the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island. Whether you're here to hike, ski, bungee jump – this is the birthplace of the sport – or go white-water rafting down Shotover River, this is a destination of big thrills and bigger landscapes.

Queenstown lives up to its reputation as the 'Adventure Capital of the World'. You can try bungee jumping off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge – the world's first commercial bungee site – or ride a jet boat on Lake Wakatipu at speeds of up to 95 kph. Heli-skiing in the Remarkables mountains is popular during winter months, while skydiving over the Wakatipu Basin is offered year-round. Alternatively, take the Skyline Gondola up Bob's Peak for equally spectacular views of town.

Outside Queenstown, there's much to see. Lord of the Rings fans flock to nearby Glenorchy and Lake Wanaka to see locations featured in the films. A 15-minute drive away, Arrowtown offers a glimpse of history with its 19th-century buildings and gold mining roots. Despite its greater distance from Queenstown, Milford Sound is a worthy journey for its glittering fjord, waterfalls and marine life.

Adventure can be found throughout Queenstown, but this mountain escape offers something for laid-back travellers, too. Numerous upscale spa resorts make good use of Lake Wakatipu's shoreline, while Queenstown Gardens offer a tranquil respite in the centre of town. At the end of the day, grab a bite to eat from local favourite Fergburger and watch the sunset on Queenstown Bay beach.


From $114 per night

This weekend

From $214 per night

Next weekend

From $163 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency NZD 10 = $6.06
Language English
Average weekend price $12 per night
Average weekday price $14 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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An excellent city to visit and stay especially for travelers...

May 25, 2023

An excellent city to visit and stay especially for travelers exploring the southwestern part of the South Island. Several options are available to enjoy this city while exploring the natural assets of NZ.

KZMirza United Arab Emirates

It was worth the break away from a busy city lifestyle.

May 24, 2023

It was worth the break away from a busy city lifestyle. The accomodation caters to any price range and locals are friendly. Recommend 'The Million Dollar Cruise' - the views and Captain made it worth the 90 minutes.. and so affordable! The weather definitely helped too!

Aniva New Zealand

We stayed in the heart of the city so we walked everywhere...

May 24, 2023

We stayed in the heart of the city so we walked everywhere we wanted to go, safe at night as well. We dined out every day breakfast lunch and dinner. Staff at all eating places were very friendly and we did notice staff were smiley and we felt valued as a customer We went on the Million dollar cruise which was very relaxing worth it for tourists for the price,

Gallagher New Zealand

It is an amazing place to come for vacation, relaxing,...

May 20, 2023

It is an amazing place to come for vacation, relaxing, nature around is amazing. It is made for tourist and very expensive for me but i still enjoy every minute. Shopping and eating out is not for low budget travelers. But fond a wawy to visit it is a great starting point to so many things i am going to discover.


A great showcase of New Zealand's South Island.

May 16, 2023

A great showcase of New Zealand's South Island. Dramatic scenery especially the Remarkables. Our trip to Doubtful Sound was a highlight, the coach drivers to and from were informative, humorous and entertaining as was the skipper of the boat.

Linda New Zealand

WOW! There is so many varied activities to do.

May 16, 2023

WOW! There is so many varied activities to do. I hired a mountain bike from the city centre and road around the lake - easy riding for a few hours on good paths, easy to follow. The ride was amazing - great views and fresh air! Arrowtown in Autumn is breathtaking - gold and red trees line the mountain, the town is full of historical significance, the eateries were amazing - I had breakfast at Provisions - it was busy as and well worth it; and lunch at the Postmasters - fabulous mushroom rissotto & friendly service. AFterwards an ice-cream! The BOATSHED cafe in queenstown marina - oh my! You walk in and get the most amazing view of the lake - friendly service & lovely food. Bee Bus - it's such a cheap way to get around - $2 to Arrowtown, getting to the airport or just around town. The schedule is easy to follow to. Freyburgs - went their for breakfast coffee and croissant; morning tea for a pie; and apparently by the cue out onto the pavement their burgers are amazing! Such a lively happy place.

Janine New Zealand

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