Queenstown Holiday Guide

Queenstown Tourist Information

The stunning resort town of Queenstown in New Zealand is centred around a picturesque inlet on Lake Wakatipu. The city is a centre for energetic outdoor pursuits, many of which take place on the surrounding waters. The picture perfect setting, welcoming locals and tantalising cuisine combine to make this among the top tourist destinations in New Zealand.

There are few tourists who come to Queenstown that won't get involved in some form of water sport or outdoor activity. Soaring mountains surrounding the city provide the perfect landscape for some serious hiking tours of Queenstown, while mountain biking takes hill side exploration to another extreme.

Queenstown Tourist Attractions

In the winter skiing is one of the most popular and indeed pleasurable activities, while bungee jumping from towering heights is something not to be tried by the faint hearted. For an activity slightly less dramatic, fly fishing on the shores of the lake is an excellent way to unwind while surrounded by scenic wonders.

The town is most commonly visited by New Zealand's own tourists for its excellent skiing and snowboarding. There are four principal ski centres: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone, all aptly named and each offering its own speciality in piste conditions.

The nightlife in Queenstown is just as it should be with such a youthful population of travellers coming to the city. Bars and pubs are packed from early evening as soon as the day's sporting adventures are done. A lively mix of people from around the world creates a vibrant atmosphere in the city's night hotspots, with a number of international standard clubs staying open throughout the night. Live music, DJ sets and just plain cut drinking provide lively entertainment by night in Queenstown.

Queenstown is also known throughout New Zealand as being a centre for excellent standards in wining and dining. From classy and chic to cheap and cool there is something to suit all tastes in this popular resort town. The area is known for its production of the coveted Pinot Noir wine.

Transport Around Queenstown

The city is served by a small international airport, with services connecting to Sydney in Australia and Auckland and Christchurch within New Zealand. Walking around town is by far the best way to soak up the city's abundant ambience while taking in some of the charming sites.

Visitors should take out travel insurance before leaving home, particularly if they plan on partaking in any adventure sports. This is an important factor to ensure that any financial loss you may face is covered while allowing you to get on with enjoying your holiday.