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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
  • Currency
    NZD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+12:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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 2,931 reviews

Our group of 6 people experienced the Milford Sound Coach Tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown. This journey was a 12.5 hour journey, which we all enjoyed our journey by bus coach and our driver who had a lot of knowledge providing information about the scenery areas while traveling to the Milford Sounds. The two hour boat cruise was an enjoyable experience to explore the Milford Sounds. Traveling by boat cruise, to capture the beautiful scenery views of the lake, water falls, sea lions and dolphin's. I would recommend this day trip to everyone, to book the Milford sound Coach tour & Lunch Cruise from Queenstown. Because you can sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery views while traveling. It is a long day journey to travel, if you drive yourself there to Milford Sound.

Despite having to wear masks in the bus, the day was awesome. Gary was really interesting and went to extra mile. There were only three of us, so thank you for letting the tour go ahead anyway. Great choice of vineyards. A wonderful day.

Enjoyable cruise enjoyed looking around the steam engine, great views and then the Walter Peak station BBQ was fantastic well worth the money would recommend as a must do when visiting Queenstown

Experience was a big fun! Ethan, our driver, told us all about the area we were riding in and made sure we didn't miss a bit in terms of photos and information.

This is a fabulous option for those wanting to do Milford sound without having to spend hours in a coach..very professional..fabulous pilot..great experience.