Stargazing in Queenstown is a captivating experience and whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or not, spotting a shooting star is always a thrill. Take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, perched high above Queenstown, and journey into the hidden world of the night sky using a high powered telescope. Or take a trip slightly further afield, to Cardrona Alpine Resort, and learn about the southern skies with expert astronomer Alex Thom (summer season only).
There are plenty of places to enjoy indoor thrills for ‘children’ of all ages after dark in Queenstown. Walk the haunted hallways of the Lockhart Hotel at Queenstown’s Fear Factory, crack codes and escape The Room at Escape Quest, enjoy adrenalin-fuelled indoor experiences at Thrillzone, or test the limits at Game Over Queenstown. If you're an ice skating fan, spend the evening watching an ice hockey game or pop on some skates and give it a go yourself at Queenstown Ice Arena, open winter and summer!
Evening Lake Cruise
Jump aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship and sail out of Queenstown Bay for an evening cruise around the Frankton Arm. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a pre-dinner cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu during winter from 4 July - 31 August (Friday and Saturdays only).
Or spend an evening out with family and friends and cruise over to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you can enjoy a gourmet barbeque dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and a local farm show (August - May).
Queenstown caters for all tastes and interests when it comes to local cinema and entertainment. Watch the latest blockbusters on the big screen at Reading Cinemas, enjoy an exciting interactive 12D movie at Thrillzone or catch an award-winning film with wine and a cheese board at boutique cinema Dorothy Browns.
Gondola, Night Luge & Skyline Dinner
Hop on board the Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Once at the top you can take a thrilling downhill ride on the Skyline Luge, enjoy Skyline’s weekly programme of movies and performances in their 76-seat theatre space, or settle in for a relaxing evening at Stratosfare Restaurant.
Whether you’re after a romantic tub for two, a fun evening with friends, or a place for the whole family to enjoy, Queenstown has plenty to offer all of the water-babies out there.
Fun for the whole family, Alpine Aqualand boasts a heated 25m lap pool, a leisure pool and lazy river, hot pools and hydro slides. If you’re after something a little more intimate, Onsen Hot Pools & Day Spa is always a hit, some local hotels also offer hot pools for public hire such as Millbrook Resort and Makoka Spa at THC Nugget Point Hotel.
Experience our nightlife
Queenstown is known far and wide for its excellent restaurant and bar scene. Whether you're in search for a place to have a pre-dinner drink, a decadent restaurant, a night spot with a chilled vibe, or somewhere to dance the night away, our compact town centre makes it easy to experience our vibrant nightlife scene.