Queenstown’s main beach looks straight towards Cecil and Walter Peaks, perfect for a swim on a hot day—just one of the reason’s you’ll find Queenstown Bay is a popular spot for visitors during summer. There’s a pontoon at the far end of the beach, with paddle boards, kayaks and other water sports available for hire in the summer months.
Sunshine Bay is a small beach located on the left hand side of the Queenstown – Glenorchy Road around five minutes out of town by car or bicycle. It’s a quiet secluded beach with stunning views of Cecil Peak, and the TSS Earnslaw as it chugs back into Queenstown.
Kelvin Heights beach
Kelvin Heights beach is a 20 -30 minute drive around Lake Wakatipu from central Queenstown with incredible views of The Remarkables Mountain range. It’s popular with boaties and water skiers/wakeboarders as there’s a large boat ramp located on Bay View road. The relatively calm beach is also a great spot for paddle boarders and yachties due its sheltered nature. If you’re without wheels on your visit just take a water taxi—it’s just 10 minutes from Queenstown and the short journey is probably one of the best forms of transport around.
Wilson Bay is great for wakeboarding and water skiing, and it’s far enough out of Queenstown to feel like you’re on your own secluded beach. It’s a great rest stop on the way to Glenorchy, and there’s also a walking/biking track that connects Wilson Bay to 7 Mile bike park.
A hidden treasure, approximately 20 minutes out of town, Bob’s Cove is a favourite for locals who want a short walk to a stunning spot. The track descends through native bush, and around to the historic lime kiln which remains from the 1800s. Bob’s Cove bay has a small jetty (perfect for jumping off in summer) as well as shore swimming and fishing spots.