Queenstown ist eines der aufregendsten Reiseziele Neuseelands. Am Rande eines Sees gelegen und von hoch aufragenden Bergen umgeben ist Queenstown ein Abenteuerdrehkreuz, das vor Adrenalin und einem allgegenwärtigen Sinn für Spaß nur so strotzt.

Ob du deinem inneren Entdecker freien Lauf lassen oder dich einfach nur entspannen und die feinen Dinge des Lebens genießen möchtest, Queenstown ist die perfekte Ausgangsbasis für dich, um die Umgebung zu erkunden.

Queenstown sits on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu  and is surrounded by dramatic Alpine scenery. Rumor has it that gold diggers, impressed by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, gave the now cosmopolitan city its name.

What can you do in Queenstown? 

With its endless variety of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the ideal destination to check off the ultimate adventure to-do list. In winter, the ski and snowboard season beckons into spring. Adventure sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon wings, jet boating, rafting and horse riding are offered year round. The area around Queenstown is also a well-known mountain biking and cycling region. The offer ranges from picturesque bike routes, racing bike tours and wild off-road drives to helibiking. Queenstown also offers the only gondola-accessible mountain bike descent in the Southern Hemisphere.

If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are tons of gentler alternatives out there. Explore some of the countless hiking trails, go on a sightseeing tour or treat yourself to that little bit extra with a spa treatment, a boutique shopping tour and excellent meals and wines.

Queenstown is a popular vacation spot all year round and is known for its four very different seasons. In winter, fresh days with clear blue skies beckon, while the snow in spring gives way to longer, warmer days. 

Outside Queenstown, the beautiful drama of Central Otago's landscape unfolds. Fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies will recognize many Middle‑earth™ locations in the area. In neighboring Arrowtown, the history of the gold diggers is still alive; Visitors can explore the Lakes District Museum or try their hand at gold prospecting for themselves. Meanwhile, at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, the enchanting rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley beckon. From here it is only a short detour to Mt. Aspiring National Park and the starting points of several of New Zealand's Great Walks.

Places to stay in Queenstown

Queenstown offers a wide range of accommodation, from cozy backpacker dorms to world-class luxury lodges. 

Most of the accommodation options offer fantastic views and easy access to nearby activities. If you're staying in downtown Queenstown, you'll be close to the city's thriving nightlife and many excellent restaurants. 

In Gibbston you will find wineries, while towards Glenorchy there are numerous bed and breakfasts and boutique lodges on the lakefront. 

Arrowtown is 15 minutes from central Queenstown and offers a quieter and often cheaper alternative to the hustle and bustle. 

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