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Best places to catch the sunrise and sunset in Queenstown

You’ve seen the images on Instagram, and now you’re visiting and want to experience Queenstown’s famous sunrises and sunsets for yourself! Here's our top picks to catch the colours in Queenstown.

Queenstown Beach

Queenstown Beach is a top spot to catch the sun setting at the end of the day. During winter the sun rises from behind The Remarkables and often reflects on the snow covered Walter and Cecil Peaks turning them pink.

Bob's Peak. Image @div_x on Instagram

Bob's Peak. Image @div_x on Instagram

Bob's Peak

One of the most Instagrammable locations in Queenstown, the view from Bob’s Peak is quintessentially Queenstown. Hike the Tiki Trail to the top for sunrise, or take the Gondola for sunset.

Bennett's Bluff

Bennett's Bluff

Bennett's Bluff

One of the most beautiful roads in the world, the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy has breath-taking views around every corner. Bennett's Bluff is one of the best places to pull over and catch the sun setting with views of Pig and Pigeon Island, Mt. Alfred, Glenorchy and Mt. Earnslaw. 

Queenstown Hill. Image @jasmineanders on Instagram.

Queenstown Hill. Image @jasmineanders on Instagram.

Queenstown Hill

The rewarding hike up to the Queenstown Hill basket of dreams is a quick way to get elevated views over Queenstown and the sun setting down the lake. Allow 2-3 hours return. 

Coronet Peak Image @kirstenmccully on Instagram

Coronet Peak Image @kirstenmccully on Instagram

Coronet Peak

This location is easily accessed in summer, but in winter make sure you have chains and know how to use them! Coronet Peak is a great spot to capture the sun rising and setting with colours reflecting over the Wakatipu Basin. 

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes is a photographer’s dream location, and on a still day the lake has mirror like qualities, making the reflections of the sun rising and setting doubly amazing. 

Sunrise from The Lake Esplanade. Image @dean travel on Instagram

Sunrise from The Lake Esplanade. Image @dean travel on Instagram

The Lake Esplanade

If you’re staying downtown, this is one of the most accessible locations. Wander down the lakefront along the Lake Esplanade and the sun will rise from behind the Remarkables often creating incredible reflections on Lake Wakatipu. 

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