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Milford Sound Cruise

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.

Surrounding Regions


Use the interactive map to view regions of interest
Queenstown
Wanaka
Fiordland
National Park
Arrowtown
Kingston
Glenorchy

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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.

 

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.

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. 

Glenorchy mountain view

Wool, Gold and People: The History of Glenorchy

The first European settlers arrived at the Head of the Lake probably in late 1861. They were shepherds working for William Rees who had taken a lease on all the land at the Head of Lake Wakatipu, east of the Dart River.

Arrowtown building

Things to do in Arrowtown Over Summer

In summer, Arrowtown offers hours of sun. Waterholes dotted along the Arrow River, picnic spots and walking trails surround the historic gold mining town.

Queenstown film locations, Glenorchy

Find Yourself in a Filmset

Take a tour by 4WD, horseback or on foot and see why filmmakers and Hollywood stars have chosen Queenstown as the stunning backdrop for many productions.