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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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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
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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
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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 Aug
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  • 22 Aug 2018

Ice Speed Skating

Ice Speed Skating for all ages every Wednesday Evening from 5:15pm-6:15pm at the Queenstown Ice Arena

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.

24 Aug

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are back as an annual world class event showcasing the world's best athletic talents

27-28 Aug
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  • Music
  • 27-28 Aug 2018

Cheat Live

Join us every Monday as local rock legend, Cheat, tear the roof off on the big stage!

27 Aug
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  • Community
  • 27 Aug 2018

Queenstown Ice Hockey League

Watch locals compete against one another in Ice Hockey on Monday Nights. Free to watch! Café is Open.

28 Aug
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  • Community
  • 28 Aug 2018

Tuesday Night Adults Learn To Skate

Adult Skating Lessons. It's never too late to learn to skate!

22 Aug
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  • Community
  • 22 Aug 2018

Ice Speed Skating

Ice Speed Skating for all ages every Wednesday Evening from 5:15pm-6:15pm at the Queenstown Ice Arena

28 Jul

Andy Leleisi'uao: A Clouded Diaspora (2018)

Andy Leleisi’uao’s enigmatic paintings pose questions of our own existence,how individuals reflect society and how society affects individuals.

31 Aug
  • Event
  • Food and Wine
  • 31 Aug 2018

Friday Night Ice Disco

Join us for the ICE DISCO. Enjoy a night of skating to your favourite songs & state of the art LED lighting with your friends. Café is Open!

1-2 Sep
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  • Music
  • 1-2 Sep 2018

Winter Pride 2018 - Opening Party

Come and join us for the Winter Pride (GSWQT 2018) Opening Party @ TWO adjoining venues: The World Bar and Yonder. DJ's, Live Music and more!

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