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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
Fox Glacier
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

15-16 Oct
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  • 15-16 Oct 2018

Cheat Live

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

20 Oct
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  • 20 Oct 2018

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.

20-21 Oct

Great Glenorchy Getaway Weekend

The Great Glenorchy Getaway returns on Labour Weekend (Oct 20 + 21) with an engaging programme packed with music, markets, movies, kids crafts + more

21-26 Oct

Riverboarding World Championships

The Riverboarding World Championship is the international competition for the sport of riverboarding.

8-21 Oct

Spring Camp

For over 2 decades Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka New Zealand has been the #1 freestyle snow sports destination in the Southern Hemisphere.

21 Oct
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  • Music
  • 21 Oct 2018

Cathy Irons with the Classical Jazz Quartet

Your favourite classical music infused with the rhythmic fun of jazz! From Vivaldi's Spring to Khachaturian's wild Sabre Dance.

15-16 Oct
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  • Music
  • 15-16 Oct 2018

Cheat Live

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

29 Sep

Hannah Kidd: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (2018)

Exploring a fascination for vintage museum displays, Hannah Kidd’s exhibition features work which has literally been stripped back to its bare bones.

24 Oct

Adam McGrath and the Roaring Days

Come on down to the Arrowtown Hall and experience the larger than life - Adam McGrath - A folk singer/songwriter

25 Oct
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  • Music
  • 25 Oct 2018

Sherwood Songwriter Society

Our regular open mic night for writers of original song and poetry. Sign up and hear or play music from 8pm.

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