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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
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Drive time: 50 minutes

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Events in Queenstown

21 Jun

Comedy Night - Thursday

Queenstown loves a good laugh, so come in from the cold!

22 Jun
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  • 22 Jun 2018

Monteith's Dog Barking

Think your canine has what it takes to be the ruler of all barks? Bring them along to the Monteith's Dog Barking Competition and earn the title.

22 Jun

Monteith's Dog Derby

The Dog Derby is one of the longest-standing events on the Winter Festival calendar

22 Jun

Old Mout Dodgeball Championships

Consider yourself an artful dodger? Slippery character? Got yourself a mean arm? Then you really should enter the Old Mout Dodgeball Championships

22 Jun

Ngāi Tahu Business Lunch

Kick start your 2018 Queenstown Winter Festival at this year’s Business Lunch, held in association with the Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.

22 Jun

Comedy Night - Friday

Queenstown loves a good laugh - so much so that we needed to repeat the show for a second night!

22 Jun

Skycity Stampede vs Legends

The SKYCITY Stampede is a team in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League. Based in Queenstown, New Zealand and founded in 2005.

23 Jun
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  • 23 Jun 2018

Jucy Undy 500

Ready to show winter what you’re made of? Celebrate the start of winter JUCY style, by braving the Bay in the JUCY Undy 500!

23 Jun

iHeartRadio Day on the Bay

What a day on the bay! Come down for the hilarity and craziness of the iHeartRadio Day on the Bay!

23 Jun

The Hits 90.4 Birdman

If you enjoy watching crazy, brave, and enthusiastic people launch themselves into icy cold Lake Wakatipu, don't miss this!

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