Queenstown

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!

  • Lake Hayes

    1. 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

    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.

  • Shotover River

    4. Shotover River

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

  • Hollyford Track

    5. Hollyford Track

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

  • The Remarkables

    6. The Remarkables

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

  • Lake Wakatipu

    7. Lake Wakatipu

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

  • Routeburn Track

    8. Routeburn Track

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

  • Fiordland National Park

    9. Fiordland National Park

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

  • Lake Wanaka

    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

  • 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,972 reviews

We were taken by our lovely and knowledgeable guide, Eva, to the three wineries - Kinross, Mt Rosa and Gibbston Valley. Sam at Kinross was very informative and friendly, our wine tasting and pairings with lovely small lunch was delicious. The cave at Gibbston Valley was awesome and the guided tour was wonderful and informative. Recommend all three wineries and the tour highly! Was a highlight of our trip to Queenstown.

Really quirky, fun activity that I would recommend if you strike a rainy day in Queenstown. It gets very busy so book online in advance. Takes about 20 minutes to walk through. Some rooms are pitch black and others like the mirror room are quite challenging and you may end up going around in circles a couple of times, so avoid this attraction if you suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety.

Great journey on the Earnslaw, such a shame that it rained all day. I did try to defer to the next day but this was not very flexible due to less than 24 hours notice. Animal farm was great - would have been more enjoyable on a dry day of course. The afternoon tea was quite average ; old scones & low quality confectionery jam, plus full of sparrows pooping everywhere & eating the food!

The driver we had was amazing very helpful and friendly. The bus ride was great and everything was amazing great way to spend our new years day. I will be booking this company again for sure Thank you so very much for one amazing day my daughter and I just loved it

We had an awesome day with AwesumNZ.our driver Paulie was excellent,gave great commentaries,kept us up to date whole way.saw things that would have missed if not on the tour.Had a great trip both bus and boat.Highly recommend