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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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Queenstown
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
Aoraki / Mt Cook
Drive time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Christchurch
Drive time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Lake Tekapo
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

19-25 Apr

Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival

A festival that runs over 5 days and includes activities and events for all.

26 Apr
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  • 26 Apr 2018

Sherwood Songwriter Society

Hosted by local folktronica duo, Choice. Music and sign up from 8, free drink for performers.

28-29 Apr
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  • 28-29 Apr 2018

Health, Healing & Happiness

2 days, 9 inspirational women, infinite opportunities:)

Join us for a weekend of information, demonstration & insights.

28 Apr
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  • 28 Apr 2018

Travelling Light - Simplify your Life

This is an Elemental Potential feature talk as part of the Health, Healing and Happiness weekend.

17 Mar

The Royal Queenstown Easter Show (2018)

Epitomising contemporary New Zealand art, the Royal Queenstown Easter Show features a cross section of exceptional work across all media.

14 Apr

Reuben Paterson: Inherit the Earth (2018)

Inspired by the tivaevae of the Cook Islands, Reuben Paterson’s alluring layers of reflected light and colour play with our senses.

13 May

Jennian Homes Mothers Day Fun Run/Walk

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause

15 May

Hopetoun Brown and the Genius of Finn Scholes

Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown enlist the country’s finest trumpet player Finn Scholes for a unique journey through rhythm and blues.

28 May

Queenstown Hospitality Awards 2018

The Queenstown Hospitality Awards 18 is a celebration of the city’s hospitality crew with a night of delicious canapés and drinks.

26 Apr
  • Event
  • Music
  • 26 Apr 2018

Sherwood Songwriter Society

Hosted by local folktronica duo, Choice. Music and sign up from 8, free drink for performers.

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