Queenstown offers the perfect setting for adventure, relaxation and fun all year round.
Queenstown - home to some of the most spectacular skiing in the world and offers everything from beginners’ slopes to more challenging terrain offing two pristine ski fields. Coronet Peak is the local’s choice and offers diverse terrain and a large snowmaking system – plus, it’s only 20 minutes away from central Queenstown. The Remarkables offers three sunny bowls, finger chutes and three terrain parks. If you’re itching for more, give heli-skiing a go and enjoy the most pristine and isolated steeps in the Southern Alps via helicopter.
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With a buzzing atmosphere and stunning scenery, you'll find there's no other place in the world quite like Queenstown.
- Ride the Skyline Gondola for iconic views across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
- Visit Glenorchy, set amongst ancient beech forests and on the doorstep of the Mount Aspiring National Park, it's a great place to enjoy horse riding, kayaking, walking and skydiving.
- Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view of the dramatic natural landscapes.
- Draw inspiration from the amazing alpine surroundings as you play a round of golf on one of Queenstown's world-renowned courses. For something a little different, check out the 18-object frisbee golf course at the Queenstown Gardens.
- Marvel at the spectacular scenery on a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
- There's no shortage of things happening around the region with plenty of exciting events throughout the year.
Challenge yourself to push your own limits. You'll find every type of adventure here, from mild to wild.
- If you're visiting during the winter season, hit the slopes to go skiing or snowboarding or try snowshoeing.
- Defy gravity and step out of your comfort zone with an adrenaline-pumping activity like bungy jumping, canyon swinging, canyoning or ziplining.
- Hurtle through the air attached to a skydive instructor or soar like a bird as you hang glide or paraglide.
- Get on a bike. Take an exhilarating heli-biking tour, ride with the locals on downhill tracks, check out the cross country biking trails or pedal around the lakefront.
- Enjoy clear mountain air and stunning vistas on one of the many walking trails within easy reach of Queenstown.
Looking to explore?
Journey through unique landscapes and uncover new experiences all within easy reach.
- Discover the rich history of nearby Arrowtown, an old goldmining town famous for it's rich autumn colours.
- Cruise the lakes and rivers at the pace you choose. Options range from lake cruises to exhilarating jet boat rides, whitewater rafting and parasailing. The iconic TSS Earnslaw was a working cargo ship for years and is now the only passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. It's over a century old and made a brief cameo as an Amazon River boat inIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Take a four wheel drive adventure into the heart of the backcountry.
- Follow the clear, sparkling waters in search of elusive trout, in the freshwater lakes during fishing season.
- Visit Kingston and step back in time with a rail journey on the Kingston Flyer, a vintage steam train.
Fancy a little relaxation?
Soak up the relaxed and friendly local vibe as you recharge and indulge yourself a little.
- Visit the region's wineries to sample award-winning wines or take a guided wine tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
- Choose from more than 120 restaurants and cafes ranging from gourmet fare to locally crafted beer, wine and chocolate.
- Treat yourself to some retail therapy in Queenstown's stylish shopping precinct.
- Get romantic with a dawn hot air balloon flight or cosy up in winter in front of the roaring fireplace in a boutique bar.
- Relax at one of the luxury day spas for some 'me' time to revitalise your mind, body and soul.
Queenstown takes breathtaking scenery to a whole new level.
Surrounded by seemingly endless mountain ranges, the Queenstown town centre is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. The scenic wonders of this area are well documented but never fail to impress.
There are a number of outstanding walks in the area including the challenging Rees and Dart Track, which winds through river valleys and is enclosed by towering mountains. Within the beech forest of this walk, chances are you will be greeted by some of the local birdlife such as the mohua, kaka, kakariki, or even the cheeky kea (mountain parrots).