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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
Drive time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Drive time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Franz Joseph
Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Fox Glacier
Drive time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Drive time: 3 hours
Aoraki / Mt Cook
Drive time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Drive time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Lake Tekapo
Drive time: 3 hours
Drive time: 55 minutes
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Drive time: 50 minutes

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Events in Queenstown

21 Apr
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 21 Apr 2019


MACOMOS Gallery presents a special exhibition of original painting, photography and design at Five Mile, Frankton Queenstown.

22 Apr


Aro's sound is distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range of other influences including RnB, Jazz, and Kapahaka

23 Apr
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 23 Apr 2019

Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Come to Arrowtown and enjoy a week full of fun events for people of all ages and nationalities.

25 Apr
  • Event
  • Music
  • 25 Apr 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.

26 Apr
  • Event
  • Sporting
  • 26 Apr 2019

Omniverse Singleplayer VR Competition! Win $1400 NZD!

1- Player Virtual Reality Competition!Compete globally on a core-defense game and win cash prizes up to $1400 NZD! We also run a local prize-pool!

12 May

Jennian Homes Mother's Day 5km Fun Run/Walk

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns to Lake Hayes this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. Jennian Homes have partnered up with the Heart Foundation to support its Heart Foundation for Women campaign, which aims to help stop our women dying prematurely of heart disease. The campaign asks women to band together and love their hearts. Register online at

15 May

The Big Bike Film Night

We're on a mission- sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you!Treating pedal punters to a treasure trove of movies with everything a cycling centric audience could want- action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration.

16 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 16 May 2019

Avenue Q

Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is a fresh, funny, highly-topical show straight from New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbours seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (nightclub worker), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet entrepreneur), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Come and see what all the fuzz is about!

18 May
  • Event
  • Music
  • 18 May 2019

My Name is Moana

Moana tours alongside sister Trina Maniapoto, Paddy Free & Cadzow Cossar. ‘My Name is Moana’ is an intimate 90-minute tribute to the ocean led by singer/songwriter Moana - Art Laureate, inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame and 2019 Distinguished Alumni (University of Auckland).

31 May
  • Event
  • Art and Culture
  • 31 May 2019


Lighting up Queenstown Gardens for a very special weekend.

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