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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

15 Nov
  • Event
  • Food and Wine
  • 15 Nov 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!

16 Nov

Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon 2019

Welcome to the World's Most Beautiful Marathon! Choose between 42km, 21km, 10km or 3km Kids Run.

16 Nov
  • Event
  • Community
  • 16 Nov 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.

16 Nov

Simon Clark: The Magical World of Souvenirs and Mementos (2019)

Simon Clark considers ‘Kiwitanga’ and how our sense of national identity is underpinned by a history coloured and tinted by artefact and ephemera.

17 Nov
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 17 Nov 2019

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

17 Nov

The Story of Lost Cargo featuring The Black Seeds

Join Cargo Brewery to celebrate and try the launch of their new beers, whilst watching The Black Seeds perform!

17 Nov

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.

23 Nov

The Naylor Love Cancer Society Great Gatsby Ball

Travel back in time to the mesmerising 1920’s for the Cancer Society Great Gatsby Ball! On Saturday 23rd November at Queenstown Memorial Centre, come dressed to impress and venture into a mysterious world of extravagance, excitement and enchantment. Leave your cares at the door as you lose yourself in the music and escape to the fabulous era of the roaring 20s.

28 Nov
  • Event
  • Music
  • 28 Nov 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.

15 Dec

Christmas Show 2019 - 1PM SHOW

Join the children and families of our region on a diverse journey, finding out about Christmas traditions and how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas!

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