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Planning your trip to Queenstown

Dreaming of your next holiday is always exciting. To make the experience even more delightful, we've gathered here some useful information to make your trip unforgettable - including how to get to Queenstown, what to do when you arrive as well as information on events, seasons and itineraries to inspire you.

Queenstown is located in the southern lakes region of the South Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is renowned for its spectacular scenery, four distinct seasons and world class activities and attractions

It's easy to get here with daily direct flights from around New Zealand and Australia and great road connections to major New Zealand highways. Once you’re in Queenstown there are so many things to do, it pays to plan and book in advance.

We've compiled lots of information about getting around in Queenstown, weather and climate, maps and visitor guides, itinerary ideas, our surrounding regions and our tips for planning and packing.

Start planning your Queenstown trip today and have fun!

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Queenstown
Milford Sound
Drive time: 5 hours 55 minutes
Te Anau
Drive time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Invercargill
Drive time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Dunedin
Drive time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Franz Joseph
Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Fox Glacier
Drive time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Haast
Drive time: 3 hours
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Drive time: 3 hours 50 minutes
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Drive time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Lake Tekapo
Drive time: 3 hours
Cromwell
Drive time: 55 minutes
Wanaka
Drive time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cardrona
Drive time: 50 minutes

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Events in Queenstown

22 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 22 May 2019

MACOMOS ART EXHIBITION

MACOMOS Gallery presents a special exhibition of original painting, photography and design at Five Mile, Frankton Queenstown.

22 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 22 May 2019

Avenue Q

Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is a fresh, funny, highly-topical show straight from New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbours seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (nightclub worker), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet entrepreneur), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Come and see what all the fuzz is about!

24 May
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 24 May 2019

Omniverse Singleplayer VR Competition! Win $1400 NZD! *Local's Special Month*

1- Player Virtual Reality Competition!Compete globally on a core-defense game and win cash prizes up to $1400 NZD! We also run a local prize-pool!

25 May
  • Event
  • Community
  • 25 May 2019

Queenstown parkrun

parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

25 May

Graeme James

After a breakthrough year of international shows, one of New Zealand’s most streamed indie artists Graeme James returns to NZ

29 May

Back to the 90's

A one-off exclusive cocktail evening with New Zealand Spirits Ambassador Chase Bickerton. Limited to 20 tickets & will sell out fast!

30 May
  • Event
  • Music
  • 30 May 2019

Sherwood Songwriter Society

Our regular open mic night for writers of original song and poetry. Sign up and hear or play music from 8pm.

31 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 31 May 2019

LUMA

Lighting up Queenstown Gardens for a very special weekend.

31 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 31 May 2019

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

The “Michael Hill” is recognised as one of the most sought-after international violin prizes and the careers of future musical legends are launched when they go head to head for a prize package worth over $100,000.

8 Jun

Fear Factory Locals Day

Fear Factory LOCALS DAY!Fear Factory Queenstown loves our locals.Join us on Saturday 8th June for some frights, scares and laughs.

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