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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
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Drive time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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Drive time: 3 hours 40 minutes
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Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Drive time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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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
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Drive time: 55 minutes
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Drive time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Drive time: 50 minutes

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Events in Queenstown

23 Jul
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  • Community
  • 23 Jul 2019

Tuesday Night Adults Learn To Skate

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

23 Jul
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 23 Jul 2019

MACOMOS ART EXHIBITION

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

23 Jul
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 23 Jul 2019

Mike Petre: New Field Studies (2019)

There is nothing sentimental about Mike Petre’s paintings, his cattle are not props in a landscape but rather the epitome of life in rural New Zealand

23 Jul
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 23 Jul 2019

The Arrow (2019)

Taking inspiration from one of Central Otago’s legendary rivers, The Arrow features new and recent ceramics, sculpture and paintings.

24 Jul
  • Event
  • Community
  • 24 Jul 2019

Ice Speed Skating

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

24 Jul

Paint & Wine Night - The Scream

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

24 Jul
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  • Sporting
  • 24 Jul 2019

Jurassic Ice Hockey League Nights

Watch Live Ice Hockey Wednesday Nights during Juarssic League 6:30pm-10:00pm. FREE TO WATCH

25 Jul
  • Event
  • Music
  • 25 Jul 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.

25 Jul

Christmas in July

Here in the Southern Hemisphere if we want a white Christmas, we celebrate in July!

26 Jul
  • Event
  • Food and Wine
  • 26 Jul 2019

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!

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