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Queenstown, New Zealand

Blessed with some of the world's most exquisite geography, Queenstown never fails to amaze travellers with its scope for excitement and fun.


The major resort town of Queenstown nestles beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Range in west Otago.


Queenstown region, New Zealand

Queenstown is New Zealand's year-round alpine destination, where you can be as active as you like or just leisurely soak up the magnificent scenery. It has been judged one of the top 25 cities in the world by a leading travel magazine.

A recent count found that Queenstown and Arrowtown had a choice of over 100 restaurants and cafes, catering for all tastes and budgets.

Main Attractions and Activities

Shopping is Queenstown's specialty, and souvenir shops here are as good as any you will find elsewhere.

There are year-round action-packed thrills such as jetboating on the Kawarau or Shotover rivers, where these amazing New Zealand-invented craft execute seemingly impossible manoeuvres. Queenstown is also the world capital and home of bungy jumping.

In winter, pristine powder runs are just over the hills. There are four world-renowned ski fields within easy reach, with tons of snow to ski, snowboard and play in.

On nearby Lake Wakatipu, the vintage TSS Earnslaw has been beautifully restored to its original condition and takes visitors on daily trips.

The area has great rainbow trout, brown trout and quinnat salmon fishing, with the lake open year-round. Keen golfers shouldn't miss out on an opportunity to play some of the most scenic courses in the world, at award-winning Milbrook Resort, Kelvin Heights, Arrowtown and Frankton.

Close to Queenstown are the Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm vineyards.Don't miss historic Arrowtown with its quaint, tree-lined streets, miners cottages and the High Street preserved as they were during the 19th century gold rush era, just a 20 minute drive away.

Don't Miss

Lake Wanaka and Queenstown at night, New Zealand
  • Historic Arrowtown
  • Scenically spectacular Glenorchy
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise
  • Scenic flightseeing
  • Winery visit
  • Adventure activities: bungy jumping, jetboating, skiing, white water rafting, fly by wire, and many more