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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!

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes

Really one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. On a sunny day, a trip here will not be forgotten.

Skippers Canyon

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.

Skycity Queenstown

If you feel like a spot of gambling, then definitely head over to Skycity Casino and try your luck.

Shotover River

Shotover River

This fast flowing river is fantastic for thrill seeking tourists who can book on adventure tours.

Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track

This is a fantastic backpacking track for tourists and is accessible all year round.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

These mountains are visible from Queenstown, and are worth heading to for walking or other adventure activities.

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

New Zealand's third largest lake, and at the feet of The Remarkables, the views here are breathtaking.

Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track

Another great backpacking track, popular with tourists - why not book onto a guided trip?

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

This national park is truly remarkable, and a great place to visit when in the region.

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Another lake worth visiting, with plenty to see and do for tourists.

Planning Your Queenstown 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

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
    +64
  • 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

Gorgeous. Nice coach. Laid back, informative commentary. Nice boat

We were picked up from our hotel (Mercure). The coach was quite comfy. The commentary was quite slow but informative too. There were a good number of stops for some gorgeous photos. The refreshment stop was quite cool and there were decent vegetarian options and there were friendly alpacas around too. The cruise was pretty straightforward and we spent most of the time on the deck. The commentary on the cruise is not as audible on the deck but the views are spectacular (we had sunny weather all through - saw a few juvenile seals lazing around on the rocks, no dolphins though). There are some basic meals available on board for vegetarians but you can't pay by cards that don't have details embossed (I paid later at the counter). They offer an optional helicopter or plane ride back to Queenstown provided weather is good. Perfect all round for romance and photography since the entire journey is quite breathtaking

A truly magical morning out on The Spirit Of Queenstown Cruise..

My first visit to Queenstown, so this was my first taste of her wonderful beauty, and she did not disappoint. The luxurious Spirit of Queenstown cruise boat made for a wonderful and comfortable journey on Lake Wakatipu. The panoramic views were absolutely breathtaking, I could go on, but all I say is I highly recommend this cruise, especially if you're new to Queenstown. Thank you to the skipper and crew of The Spirit Of Queenstown for a wonderful morning on the lake. I will be coming back and taking this cruise again for sure!

Queenstown Scenic Cruise Reviewed by Michael, 04/08/2019

Sensational. Great flight, pilot and cruise!

Very glad I choose to fly to Milford Sound instead of doing the whole day bus trip. Very efficient operation from pick up to drop off. No waiting around. No over energetic annoying tourism staff trying to oversell the experience. Pilot was great, providing just the right amount of information without being distracting which allowed us to soak in the amazing landscape. Cruise was also great. Beautiful waterfalls, snow capped mountains and plenty of Dolphins and seals coming out to play.

Milford Sound Flight and Cruise Reviewed by Nathan, 06/27/2019

Fantastic!! The guide Sam was a high point. The Fiord was amazing!

I especially appreciated our guide Sam who was informed and entertaining throughout the trip. He is a safe and careful driver too, which really helped for those of us not used to driving on high mountain roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Queenstown, as it has been a high point of my trip here. Thanks again to our guide and driver Sam, who did an amazing job.

A wonderful way to see the sites and capture wonderful memories..

The tour guide, the luxury van, the sites, the history, the cool Kiwi lunch by the river, the free wifi, and the most wonderful gift at the end, it was all made for a fabulous day out and about, I highly recommend this tour, especially if your time in Queenstown is limited. Tu Meke Altitude Scenic Tours, you's fellas are awesome!