Tucked into the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by jagged peaks, the magical feel of this town hits before your plane even touches down. Fill your days with adventures like bungy jumping, white-water rafting, jet boating, heli skiing or skydiving and, when you’re ready to relax, you’ll find a fantastic range of eateries and bars, boutiques to browse, indulgent beauty spas and accommodation ranging from backpacker hostels to five-star luxury.

Highlights

Bungy jumping This is where it all began! The original A.J. Hackett bungy site is on the Kawarau Bridge, but there are now numerous locations such as Ledge Urban Bungy, 400 metres above Queenstown. Arrowtown Once a bustling gold rush town, Arrowtown is now a peaceful village featuring heritage buildings and a tree-lined main street just a short drive from Queenstown. Skippers Canyon This rugged area was once home to hardy gold miners – now visitors can take a 4WD tour around cliff-hugging roads. Adventure activities Queenstown offers a multitude of adventure activities such as jet boating, white-water rafting and mountain biking. Luxury experiences Sip wine in a café, indulge at a day spa, play golf at a resort or stay a night in a premium hotel – Queenstown does luxury well! Remarkable landscapes Queenstown offers superb shopping and lifestyle in a visually stunning setting, nestled alongside Lake Wakatipu with a view across to The Remarkables. Great golf Queenstown is becoming the Southern Hemisphere’s premier week-long golf holiday destination, with five golf courses within 20 minutes’ drive, and new ‘stay and play’ packages on offer.

Destinations

Queenstown Stunning lakeside resort, a great base for adventure activities. Arrowtown Historic gold rush town full of interesting shops and good eateries. Glenorchy Base for multi-day walking tracks at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Getting There and Around

Air Queenstown Airport, 10 minutes’ drive from town, offers domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Rotorua and more than 30 trans-Tasman services to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Buses operate between the airport and town, departing every 15 minutes, 17 hours per day. Road Queenstown is 6 hours, 55 minutes from Christchurch, 4 hours, 10 minutes from Milford Sound, and 1 hour, 40 minutes from Wanaka. Coaches and shuttles operate between Queenstown and South Island destinations. Transfers to Arrowtown, and ski areas in winter, are available. Christchurch to Queenstown [486 km; 6 hr, 55 min] Dunedin to Queenstown [283 km; 4 hr, 5 min] Queenstown to Te Anau [170 km; 2 hr, 25 min] Queenstown to Wanaka [117 km; 1 hr, 40 min] Queenstown to Glenorchy [45 km; 40 min] Queenstown to Arrowtown [22 km; 20 min]

Directory

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge

Transport yourself by scenic gondola to enjoy Queenstown’s most spectacular views. Take on the thrill of the luge before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the Skyline Restaurant. Add a touch…

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Skippers Canyon Jet

The only jet boat operator showcasing the wonders of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River. A 2.5-hour guided trip into Skippers Canyon, including a 30-minute jet boating adventure with historical…

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Shotover Jet

Take a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins. ‘Can You Handle the Canyons’ with award-winning Shotover Jet, ‘the…

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Queenstown Rafting

Meet the challenge of white-water rafting with our expert guides. Raft the spectacular Shotover River in historic Skippers Canyon with memorable rapids such as Toilet, Pinball and Jaws before paddling…

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Ultimate Hikes New Zealand

Our walks are the ideal way to experience some of New Zealand’s best tracks. Fully guided one-day walks on the Routeburn Track from Queenstown and on the Milford Track from…

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AJ Hackett Bungy – Kawerau Bridge Bungy

Home of the world’s first and most famous of leaps, this 43-metre bungy jump is still the most popular bungy site, attracting thousands of thrill-seekers every year. Attached by your…

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Heritage Queenstown

Award-winning European-style alpine lodge with stunning lake and mountain views, just minutes from the town centre. Sumptuous rooms include suites and self-contained three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens and open-plan…

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The Glebe Apartments

The Glebe is one of Queenstown’s most sought-after accommodations. In addition to their luxurious apartments, penthouse suites and enviable location, they offer personalised guest services and outstanding facilities. With 1 – 4 bedrooms, The Glebe apartments are ideal…

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Ziptrek Ecotours

Ziptrek Ecotours is NZ’s #1 original zipline tour and is a spectacular and fun eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, situated on Skyline Gondola hill. Ziptrek runs all year round and…

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Kiwi Haka

Journey through the legends of the Wakatipu and step into the world of Maori with Kiwi Haka: feel the spirit of history celebrated through song, dance and weaponry displays depicting…

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Dart River Jet Funyak Safari

Funyak Safari is an amazing journey deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. Combine wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River…

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Dart River Wilderness Safari

Journey deep into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park. Learn from your guide about the area’s history, the Greenstone Trail and lore of the Maori. Walk amongst…

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The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel

Just a minute’s walk from town, this boutique hotel is an oasis for discerning travellers or small groups, renowned for top service. Enjoy complimentary cooked breakfasts, afternoon teas, mountain bikes,…

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Pounamu Luxury Apartments

Spacious and tastefully furnished studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.Treat yourself to one of our Premier Apartments featuring mountain and lake views. Open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge. Computer, printer/fax, free broadband internet, SKY TV…

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