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!
1. Lake Hayes
Really one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. On a sunny day, a trip here will not be forgotten.
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.
4. Shotover River
This fast flowing river is fantastic for thrill seeking tourists who can book on adventure tours.
5. Hollyford Track
This is a fantastic backpacking track for tourists and is accessible all year round.
6. The Remarkables
These mountains are visible from Queenstown, and are worth heading to for walking or other adventure activities.
7. Lake Wakatipu
New Zealand's third largest lake, and at the feet of The Remarkables, the views here are breathtaking.
8. Routeburn Track
Another great backpacking track, popular with tourists - why not book onto a guided trip?
9. Fiordland National Park
This national park is truly remarkable, and a great place to visit when in the region.
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
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- 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
Queenstown, New Zealand, in autumn is thrilling with leaves changing colour. Lake Whakatipu is often calm, but can be choppy in the light breezes. We changed our departure time from 3:15 to 1:15 p.m. and we were pleased with the earlier departure from the local jetty, as sunlight was fading after 3 p.m. The "Spirit of Queenstown" was moved from its overnight docking wharf to mid-wharf on the main, long wharf, a few minutes nearer to the CBD. Dozens of families were eagerly waiting in a long queue --- and most of them headed up to a higher deck with a wind-shield. As my wife and I had pre-purchased "wine and cheeses", we chose to go directly into the main covered lounge with its large picture windows and selected a window table and seats. There was adequate room for those who chose to sit in the main Lounge, with few sitting at the central tables. The catamaran was quite stable in the choppy lake water and the captain slowed down when changing direction across choppy waters.
I was lucky to have jucy glass top bus with an awesome driver who did funny but knowledgeable commentary. He knew his job completely. On jucy cruise crew members were really awesome and careful about passengers. Showed us amazing views and waterfalls. Lunch and complementary tea coffee was delicious.
The highlight of our trip and an experience we will be talking about for a while. We were so excited to learn we would be landing on snow and were able to get some great family photos in the process. Make sure to bring a phone or camera!! Also shoes that won’t get wet from the snow.
Cruised down the river track, laughing as the e bikes helped with the hills, maxed them out on the flat, wobbly bridge was a bit scary, checked in at the G valley winery then enjoyed the terrain back to Queenstown, finished with a well deserved cocktail, brilliant day.
Pick up exactly on time. driving was great, tour guide Callum was very funny and friendly and made sure we all got to our activities on time and had a great day. Highly recommend.