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

23 Feb

King Beats 2019

Feel the carnival vibes at King Beats 2019. Bigger, better and brighter than ever before!

28 Feb
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 28 Feb 2019

100th New Zealand Golf Open

Our national golf championship hosted at Millbrook Resort and The Hills, featuring golf professionals and amateurs playing in a unique PRO-AM format.

20 Apr

Through the Valley - Ft Dave Dobbyn, Fly My Pretties, Rhythmonyx, The Butlers + More

Through The Valley - April 20th 2019, Easter Long weekend Event, ft some of New Zealand finest musical talent for more info

23 Apr
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  • 23 Apr 2019

Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Come to Arrowtown and enjoy a week full of fun events for people of all ages and nationalities.


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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.

Summer Events Guide

As well as over 150 bars and restaurants and more than 200 activities to keep you busy in Queenstown, there are also a host of events happening this summer! Here's what's on, so book your accomodation and get planning.

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Meet Steve Norton – a Queenstown adventure pioneer

Steve Norton was there when bungy began and he established New Zealand’s biggest paragliding school. We find out why Queenstown still gets his heart racing.

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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.

This week in our Locals Guide to Queenstown is the scenic Sawpit Gully trail. With ever-changing terrain the 2-hour loop begins and ends in Arrowtown. A steep climb into the gully is rewarded with some of the finest panoramic views around See you out there.

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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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Jumping off the #ledgebungy one year a go opened up my mind body and soul to so many things in this universe... both sweet and sour. Learning and researching everyday helps me to understand more and more. I am going places and doing what I love. #myjourney #awoken #beach #family #love #queenstown #nz

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The adrenaline junkie’s guide to Queenstown

Looking for an intense kind of thrill? Over four days, experience Queenstown’s highest-flying adventures – bungy jumping, skydiving, ziplining and a very very big swing.

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