Queenstown by night

Things to do in Queenstown after dark

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down in Queenstown! Here’s some inspiration for how to make the most of Queenstown after dark.

Ice bars

You can ‘chill out’ year round in a world crafted purely of ice. Gear up, sip on an icy cocktail, and admire expertly crafted ice sculptures, at Below Zero and Minus 5º Ice Bars


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).

Game Over Queenstown Go Karting

Game Over Indoor Karting

Game Over Indoor Karting

Indoor thrills

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

TSS Earnslaw at dusk

TSS Earnslaw at dusk

Evening Lake Cruise

Cruise across scenic Lake Wakatipu and re-live the elegance of a bygone era on board the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship. Once you arrive at Walter Peak High Country Farm you can enjoy a gourmet barbeque dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and a local farm show. A fantastic way to spend an evening with family and friends. 

Local cinema

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 at sunset

Gondola at sunset

Gondola & 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

Hot pools

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. 

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