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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

19 Jan
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 19 Jan 2020

Summer Sunday Night Ice Hockey League

Watch Live Ice Hockey Sunday Nights during Social League 5:45-9:15p.  FREE TO WATCH. Our fully liscensed cafe is open serving up hot food & drink

19 Jan
  • Event
  • Markets
  • 19 Jan 2020

Arrowtown Farmers Market

The Arrowtown Farmers’ Market is a seasonal, Sunday market held on, and adjacent to, the gorgeous Library Green in Historical Arrowtown, New Zealand.

19 Jan
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 19 Jan 2020

Altitude Brewing Summer Series Ice Hockey Games

Come cheer on your favourite ice hockey teams on Sunday Evenings at the ice rink from 5:45p-9:15p

24 Jan
  • Event
  • Food and Wine
  • 24 Jan 2020

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!

25 Jan
  • Event
  • Community
  • 25 Jan 2020

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.

30 Jan

Pinot Celebration

The Pinot Celebration runs for three action packed indulging days. Over the three days of the Celebration you will discover just what it is that sets Central Otago Pinot Noir apart from the rest. Join with other Pinot aficionados as you share in master classes, tastings and food and wine matches that will profile the region's uncompromising characteristics and unforgettable characters, highlight the different wine making practices and philosophies that produce wines of such distinction and enable you to relax and unwind in some stunning locations.

30 Jan
  • Event
  • Music
  • 30 Jan 2020

Scottish Harp & Guitar - Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy

Two of Scotland’s most lauded traditional musicians bring their passion for Scottish music to New Zealand for the first time.

31 Jan

NZWIHL Southern Storm vs Auckland Steel Ice Hockey

NZWIHL Southern Storm vs Auckland Steel Ice Hockey

1 Feb

Auckland Steel vs Canterbury Devilettes Ice Hockey Game

Come watch the fastest game on earth as the Auckland Steel take on the Canterbury Devilettes in an ice hockey game for the NZWIHL

1 Feb

Southern Storm vs Canterbury Devilettes Ice Hockey Game

Come cheer on your hometown women's ice hockey team the Southern Storm as they take on the Auckland Steel in an ice hockey game for the NZWIHL.

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