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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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Events in Queenstown

19 Oct
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  • 19 Oct 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.

19 Oct
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  • Music
  • 19 Oct 2019

Rocktober 60's 70's & 80's night

As part of the festivities for the 2019 Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival, ACAS presents a musical evening that echoes the musical era of the '60s '70s and '80s. Channel your inner Mick Jagger, Led Zepplin, Beatles, Beach Boys, Stevie Nicks or Bob Dylan. Big hair, bell-bottom trousers, platform shoes, beads, and Kaftans are encouraged. Dancing to the rocking music of local bands Zucchini Brothers and Bourbon Sour from 7 pm till late. music with the '60s-'80s dress encouraged.Both Zucchini Brothers and Bourbon Sour are experienced NZ bands playing a variety of 60-80’s music. Three-piece Southland band Zucchini Brothers play regionally and feature the fantastic sounds Al and Normy on guitar & drums along with the genius keyboard of Dave Gillies. Queenstown band Bourbon Sour performs with a new frontman Matt Chapman, Ross Grenfell on drums, Tony Marshall on electric and acoustic guitar and bass player Martin Rylev, who performed as a session player in Europe for several years including working with rock legends Black Sabbath.Light food included. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks available. Saturday 19th October 7 pm - late at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, Buckingham Street, Arrowtown. Restricted to over 18's. Ticket price $30 general admission. More information at www.acas.nz & bookings at eventfinda.co.nz

19 Oct
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  • Art and Culture
  • 19 Oct 2019

Karl Maughan: South (2019)

Karl Maughan’s paintings invite the viewer on a journey into the architecture of the garden that commences with the emotive sensations of colour.

20 Oct
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  • Music
  • 20 Oct 2019

Classical Jazz Quartet

Violinist Cathy Irons and her Classical Jazz Quartet perform a timeless collection of classics, infusing them with toe tapping rhythms and jazzy harmonies. Bach, Sarasate, Chaplin, Vivaldi and Delibes. An evening sparkling with freshness and vitality!

25 Oct
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  • Food and Wine
  • 25 Oct 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!

25 Oct

Omniverse Multiplayer VR Competition! Win $1400 NZD!

2- Player Virtual Reality Competition!Compete globally on a core-defense game and win cash prizes up to $1400 NZD! Local Winner receives a Prize as well!

26 Oct
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  • Other
  • 26 Oct 2019

Fear Factory Halloween Spooktacular

Fear Factory Queenstown Halloween Spooktacular Event: Saturday 26th & Thursday 31st October

31 Oct
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  • Music
  • 31 Oct 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.

31 Oct
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  • Other
  • 31 Oct 2019

Fear Factory Queenstown Makeup Fundraiser for St John Ambulance Service

Fear Factory Queenstown Makeup Fundraiser for St John Ambulance Service - Thursday 31st - 1 pm - 7 pm

5 Nov

Melbourne Cup at The Pig & Whistle

Save the date, book the afternoon off work, the Melbourne Cup is coming to the Pig & Whistle.

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