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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.

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Drive time: 5 hours 55 minutes
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Drive time: 3 hours 40 minutes
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Drive time: 7 hours 15 minutes
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Drive time: 55 minutes
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Drive time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Events in Queenstown

1-4 Jun

LUMA Light Festival

LIGHTING UP QUEENSTOWN GARDENS FOR A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND

21-24 Jun

Queenstown Winter Festival 2018

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

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.

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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Eat your way around the world in Queenstown

World-class skiing. Tick. Spectacular scenery. Tick. But that’s not all Queenstown has to offer… it’s a great food destination in its own right. Here’s a taste of the multicultural flavours to experience in New Zealand’s premier ski destination.

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Jay Sherwood: brewing up magic in Arrowtown

According to brewer Jay Sherwood, the key ingredient in Lake & Wood craft beers is the Queenstown region and all it has to offer.

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10 reasons Queenstown wins the snow wars

Queenstown delivers big for Australian skiers and snowboarders – and foodies, and adventurers, and adrenaline junkies, and shoppers, and anyone who appreciates a great cocktail. Here are 10 things in Queenstown’s quiver that make this holiday spot the ultimate...

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Beautiful bike ride around Lake Hayes

Family fun time on the ski fields

Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, Queenstown offers a true alpine experience, great snow conditions and a choice of four ski fields with terrain for all ages and abilities. The family-friendly ski fields also boast a long season,...

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