Queenstown is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand, it is known for its stunning scenery, luxury accommodation, fine wine and cuisine, winter sports and adventure activities. Perched on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown resides among glacier smoothed hills and jagged peaks that further emphasize its beauty. During winter there is no better place in the Southern Hemisphere to ski than Queenstown. Some of the most popular places for snowboarding, skiing, and heli-skiing include The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone, and the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area. Summer is also a fantastic time to visit Queenstown, with plenty on offer from water activities on the lake, hiking, adrenaline activities, wine tours to simply taking in the view, there is something for everyone. The township of Queenstown has almost everything within walking distance, so it is very easy to get around with or without transport. Each year Queenstown is host to the Queenstown Winter Festival, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. With snowboard and ski competitions, concerts, markets and firework displays this festival is a very popular one! Is it worth skiing in New Zealand? Read Tonys blog about skiing in New Zealand.
You can read more about what to do in Queenstown in our blog on Queenstown recommended activities.
One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Lake Wakatipu is to cruise around on the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy an unforgettable farmyard tour that includes a kiwi barbecue lunch and a guided horse trek or perhaps a mountain bike ride. Other popular attractions of Queenstown for tourists to enjoy include Shotover Jet, which is situated at Arthurs Point [around 6 kilometers from Queenstown]. Here you can enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride through the Shotover River and deep into the Shotover River Canyon. Queenstown Rafting offers an exciting white water rafting adventure on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. Experience the heavenly Rock Garden, Pinball, Sharks Fin, Toilet, and the amazing 170 meter Oxenbridge Tunnel. Luxury Adventures highly recommends accessing both Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound via helicopter from Queenstown. Read article about helicopter options to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound as a must do activity. These two regions are very close as the crow flies and the scenery and experience unrivalled.
Queenstown is also considered a paradise for heli-boarding and heli-skiing. The heli-skiing season normally begins in July and lasts till early October. Though a little more expensive than regular skiing, it is worth every penny a real unique opportunity. The Clarke Glacier and Harris Mountains are a good option for this activity. They offer great challenges and diverse terrain. The Remarkables is regarded as Queenstown's highest ski field. Situated at the height of 1935 meters, it offers great options for skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. The unique terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities and makes the experience all the more thrilling. Coronet Peak ski field is the oldest and most developed field in this region. It is broad and sunny, and offers an amazing variety of runs. Also available at night, this ski-field offers some of the best on-field facilities in Queenstown. This great ski resort is designed to help you make the most of skiing and boarding. Queenstown, New Zealand is a city of diverse culture, intense beauty and warm kiwi hospitality. Visit Queenstown with Luxury Adventures and have the time of your life.
Follow Your Nose - the Queenstown Wine Trail: Spend the afternoon sampling award winning local vintages and learning the secrets of the world’s southernmost wine growing region. Central Otago has won more gold medals for Pinot Noir than any other New Zealand region. Grapes were first grown here during the gold rush of the late 1800s, when Frenchman Jean Desire Feraud recognised potential and planted vines.
Skippers Canyon - the Road to High Adventure: From the 1860s until recently, Skippers Canyon was the very centre of gold mining activity in the Queenstown region - historical sites still exist today.
History is Alive and Well in Arrowtown: Twenty-one kilometres from Queenstown, Arrowtown is home to the superb Lakes District Museum, often described as one of New Zealand’s best small museums.
- Take a trip into Skippers Canyon to enjoy a mix of history and high adventure including bungy jumping, rafting, flying fox and jet boating
- Go jet boating on the Shotover, Kawarau and Dart Rivers
- Some of New Zealand's most acclaimed walks are close at hand including, The Routeburn, Milford Track...
- Experience white-water rafting on the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers
- Drift over Queenstown in a hot air balloon
- Bungy Jump the Southern Hemisphere's highest land based bungy jump - The Nevis Highwire Bungy
- Ride the gondola 450 metres above Queenstown to Bob's Peak and enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.
- Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw (a 100 yr old steamship) to the "Wakatipu High Country Farm"
- Visit Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm vineyards or follow the Wakatipu Arts trail
- Meet the feathered locals at Kiwi and Birdlife Park
- Spend a day at Arrowtown, an historic gold mining town that provides an interesting journey back in time. Don’t miss the Lakes District Museum
- Enjoy a Maori concert and traditional ‘hangi’ meal
- Fish for trout and salmon at any time of the year
- Experience high country farm life - horse trekking, sheep shearing, dog trials
- During winter New Zealand's best Heli-skiing and skiing is right here in Queenstown
- Try a snowmobile adventure across the wintery landscape