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Queenstown Surrounding Region

Queenstown is surrounded by spectacular neighbouring regions, making it the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes and lower South Island of New Zealand.

The Southern Lakes area, in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand, is a diverse region made up of spectacular scenery and awesome landscapes, with several beautiful towns populating the region.

Together with Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka and Fiordland make up the impressive Southern Lakes region. Each of these beautiful towns has a unique identity, friendly people, are set against a backdrop of world class landscapes and are great places to visit.

The region has a colourful and rich history and a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape the region as a major tourism hub today. The world famous landscapes provide the backdrop for many attractions, adventure activities, nature tours and a huge range of experiences.

Queenstown is the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes region and beyond. Queenstown is easily accessible via New Zealand's major highways, bus routes and Queenstown International Airport, and offers a range of quality accommodation and services, from transport to visitor information centres, to ensure you are well equipped to explore our region. 

To find out more about the towns and landscapes that surround Queenstown use the interactive map to see location details, driving distances and visitor highlights.

Regions and Places Near Queenstown

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Arriving in Queenstown from the south

Southern Scenic Route

The Southern Scenic Route brings together the best of the south and showcases the natural environment, scenery, wildlife, heritage and people.

Lake Hayes in Autumn for walking and hiking

Quality Time in Queenstown

Queenstown - ideal for recreation’n’rejuvenation. Enjoy the excitement in New Zealand’s favourite getaway destination year-round – and at your own pace.

Arrowtown at the end of Autumn 🍂

Eichardts Hotel exterior in summer

Historic Eateries to Delight All Senses

Historic buildings from Queenstown’s gold rush days now house unique world-class eateries. Discover where to soaking up the area’s history while sampling delicious local food and wine.

We visited Arrowtown this week. A delightful little gold rush village below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. - Reading the plaques around town, we learned by the end of 1862 approximately 1,500 miners camped noisily beside the Arrow River. Then, in January of 1863 the first 12,000 ounces of gold were lugged out by escort. That load alone would be worth $15 million at today's prices. -#livology #queenstown #arrowtown

Shops in Buckingham St, Arrowtown

Arrowtown Shopping Trail

Sneaking in shopping is easy in Arrowtown, with compact laneways hiding quirky gift stores, art galleries, homewares, confectioners' and cafés.

I'm wheelie enjoying playing with the light in Arrowtown at the moment. Will be in the parade at the autumn festival tomorrow. Better take an umbrella by the looks of it.#nzmustdo #queenstownlive #nz #autumn #purenewzealand #arrowtown

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