Welcome to Queenstown

The Southern Hemisphere's premier four season lake and alpine resort

Welcome to the Official Queenstown website. Feel inspired by Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, discovery and rejuvenation. You’ll find everything you need to plan your next trip to Queenstown, from accommodation options to the endless array of activities and attractions, as well as a full calendar of events.

Getting to Queenstown

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Milford Sound
Drive time: 5 hours 55 minutes
Te Anau
Drive time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Drive time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Drive time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Franz Joseph
Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Fox Glacier
Drive time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Drive time: 3 hours
Aoraki / Mt Cook
Drive time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Drive time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Lake Tekapo
Drive time: 3 hours
Drive time: 55 minutes
Drive time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Drive time: 50 minutes

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Events in Queenstown

21-24 Jun

Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2018

The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter like only Queenstown can.

24 Aug

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

This will be the sixth edition of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, taking place during August and September 2018 in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.

1-9 Sep

Winter Pride 2018

Winter Pride (formerly Gay Ski Week QT) is a festival that encourages locals and visitors alike to come together and celebrate their diversity.


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How Queenstown Became the Adventure Capital of the World

Queenstown was carved out of the land by glaciers, rivers and lakes, but it has been shaped by innovative adventurers and entrepreneurs from New Zealand and around the world.

Remarkables Ski Field chairlift

A beginner’s guide to skiing Queenstown

With not one but four world-class ski fields at its door, Queenstown is a winter paradise. Here is everything a novice needs to know, from where to get your gear to how to access the slopes.

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Backcountry hiking at Cardrona

Five ways experts explore the outdoors in Queenstown

From rivers to mountaintops, Queenstown’s natural playground offers some of New Zealand’s best experiences for lovers of the great outdoors. Here’s your must-do list.

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Friends at Barmuda

How to make the most of a winter evening in Queenstown

In Queenstown, the fun doesn’t stop when the chairlifts do. Here are seven of the best after-dark experiences.

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Hiked up and shot some photos of Luma for the ridge. Will post later. Man it was sketch hiking back down in the snowice. Managed to get the gondola back down which was nice. Still got so much learning to do on the photo front. This is abit noisy on the big screen. Loving it though #luma #queenstown #newzealand

Remarkables Ski Field with Friends

What NOT to pack on your Queenstown ski holiday

Put your pyjamas back in the drawer and that book back on the shelf. Here’s what you won’t need when you visit New Zealand’s adventure capital.

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Mint day for a hike followed by a picnic at the tippy top and a slide to the bottom Snow season 2018

Why Queenstown’s Winter Festival is a must-do

The Queenstown Winter Festival is a highlight on New Zealand’s event calendar. We talk to festival director Rae Baker about why it’s the ideal time and place to celebrate winter.

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