Central Queenstown




  • Adventure - bungy, skydiving, rafting
  • Skiing and snowboarding in winter
  • Hiking and cycling


  • By car: 15 mins from Queenstown Airport
  • By plane: 1 hour 10 mins from Christchurch
  • By plane: 1 hour 50 mins from Auckland

In winter, scenery-packed Queenstown is a base for skiers and snowboarders. At other times of the year, it's a place for adventure and indulgence.

jetboat, Queenstown

By Shotover Jet

Party Mode, Queenstown

By Julian Apse

New Zealand
queenstown at night.jpg, New Zealand

By The Planet D

View over Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

By Julian Apse

The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited to almost any kind of adventure; but Queenstown is just as well known as a place for indulgence. The area’s history is intertwined with gold. In 1862, two sheep shearers struck it rich at the edge of the Shotover River. The ensuing gold rush town was named Queenstown because '...it was fit for Queen Victoria'.

Adventure activities include snow sports, bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting. Indulgent experiences include exceptional food and wine, lake cruises, spa treatments, boutique shopping and leisurely games of golf.

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