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
- 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.
Other Sightseeing Options in Queenstown
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What people are saying about Queenstown
Pick up was on time and everything went smoothly. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip. The other passengers were friendly and Andy, the driver/ host was top class. His friendly commentary ensured a good day. Small numbers made the trip even better as we felt we had a personal guide. A long day but worth it in every way and would certainly recommend using a commercial operator to do this trip from Queenstown and would certainly recommend this company.
Fabulous lunch and relaxing boat trip. Plenty to see and do at Walter Peak Station. Great staff there! Beautiful place and a must see and do if staying in Queenstown. Very good value for money!
Excellent, friendly staff including tour guide driver and Milford Sound cruise staff- fun and entertaining- the idea of "Liquid Sunshine" will be indelibly fixed in my brain box. :)
Great value for money. Awesome guide and safety training. Beautiful sites and the most thrilling ride!
A memorable experience - very special way to visit this incredible part of the world!