The Remarkables Lookout in Autumn

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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
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

16 Feb

Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon & Trail Runs

Experience the challenging and diverse terrain of Ben Lomond Station in this iconic NZ Trail Running event.42km, 30km, 21km, 10 and 5km distances.

16 Feb
  • Event
  • Community
  • 16 Feb 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.

17 Feb

C.W Stoneking and Holly Arrowsmith

C.W Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music.

22 Feb
  • Event
  • Other
  • 22 Feb 2019

The 2019 Queenstown Home Show

Get inspired at the 2019 Queenstown Home Show. Ideas, innovations, samples, advice, and prizes all in one place!

22 Feb
  • Event
  • Music
  • 22 Feb 2019

Manoa LIVE

California-born and Australian based roots artist Manoa takes over the Pub stage for one epic evening

22 Feb

Ben Woods

Avant Pop from Christchurch

22 Feb

Queenstown Conservation Collective

Join us for an evening meet and greet with our local conservation trusts.Learn what work is being done and what exciting opportunities are to come. Get involved, get connected, and give back to this beautiful place!

23 Feb

King Beats 2019

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

28 Feb
  • Event
  • Music
  • 28 Feb 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.

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.

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