At the heart of New Zealand’s South Island is Queenstown, one of the world’s best loved nature, adventure and winter sports destinations.
Surrounded by areas of extreme natural diversity and beauty, and with a crisp, dry climate, Queenstown is famous for skiing, but now offers much more to visitors of all ages, abilities and interests. Here are our favourite things to do in Queenstown:
Eating In Queenstown
Celebrity chefs and local cooks come together to make Queenstown a foodie’s dream holiday destination. Boasting an incredible 180 cafes and restaurants, Queenstown serves up an incredible array of cuisines and dining experiences, from fine dining to fast food favourites.
Here are a few fantastic eateries we recommend you try:
As New Zealand wine wows, critics and drinkers around the world, Queenstown is quickly becoming a destination for wine enthusiasts looking to discover the region's best wineries.
The South Island wine region is best known for its delicious Pinot Noir, with the Bannockburn area and Gibbston Valley offering a number of award winning varieties. On your next visit to Queenstown we highly recommend visiting our local wineries to enjoy the spectacular views, complimentary wine tastings and mouth watering dining options.
Queenstown’s growing number of bars and clubs makes it one of New Zealand’s best nights out. With more venues per capita, catering to skiers, hikers, travelers and adventure sports enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone here.
Whether you’re looking for luxury designer goods, New Zealand souvenirs or outdoor adventure and sports equipment, visit central Queenstown for all your shopping needs. You’ll find a variety of camping, outdoor and winter sports stores selling the latest and best equipment, and everything you need for your next trip.
Culture In Queenstown
The Queenstown art scene is thriving, thanks to tourists and locals searching for expertly crafted, one-off pieces. The work of local painters, photographers, sculptors and jewellery makers is on display in the growing number of galleries, workshops and museums dotted around the town.
Follow in the footsteps of Frodo and pals, and take a trip to the land that brought to life The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit movies. Dart River tours offer Wilderness Jet and inflatable kayak trips deep in to the heart of Middle Earth.
Queenstown Walking Tracks
New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best walking destinations in the world. For walkers, hikers, trekkers and trampers there’s a rich and wonderful world to explore in and around Queenstown. Here are some of our favourite tracks:
Routeburn Track - Full Day Hike
Discover greenstone trails and the footpaths of ancient Maori, as you journey deep inside the Mt Aspiring National Park, along one of NZ’s oldest hiking trails. Follow the alpine track over 16 kilometres of rugged terrain and uncover ice-carved valleys, snow covered mountains, 130 million year old forests, picturesque lakes and incredible scenery. Book Now >
Miner's Trail - Half Day Hike
Used by prospectors and gold miners during the Queenstown Gold Rush, this easy, well trodden hike dates back to the 18th century. Over 6 kilometres you’ll wander through overgrown beech forest to enjoy mountain and lake views, and meet some of the thriving native bird life. Suitable for visitors of all abilities, Guided Walks New Zealand offer half day guided walks along the Miner’s Trail in the afternoons only. Book Now >
Lakeshore, Forest & Bird - Half Day
Over this half day walk you’ll enjoy breathtaking lake and mountain vistas, dense forest and the friendly native wildlife. This short hike is fun for the whole family, suitable for walker of all ages and abilities. Book Now >
Rob Roy Glacier, Matukituki Valley - Full Day
An incredible full day walk through the Mt Aspiring National park, with unspoiled views of the imposing Rob Roy Glacier. The rugged landscape is dissected by the great white glacier, with waterfalls, lakes and streams scattered throughout. Listen carefully for the thunderous sound of glacier ice fracturing and shattering on the valley floor. This great New Zealand walk requires a reasonable level of fitness, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Book Now >
Hollyford Track - 3 Days
From the beautiful town of Te Anau to the remote coastline of the Tasman Sea, through the Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track is one of New Zealand’s most engaging walks.Over three days you’ll travel across the South Island’s dramatic landscape, interact with the local wildlife and stay in luxurious lodges, while enjoying delicious food and comfortable accommodation. Book Now >
Exploring Queenstown In The Snow
Every winter, skiers from across the globe come to Queenstown to enjoy its perfect powder and world-class winter attractions. From June to October, winter sports lovers take over the town, ski fields and snow covered mountains. If skiing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the winter on South Island.
Snowshoeing Thanks to the latest snowshoe technology and NZ Snowshoes, you can hit the slopes and explore the Queenstown winter landscape at your own pace. Designed to make it easy for you move over snow covered terrain, snowshoeing is a fun winter activity for the whole family. Book Now >
Visit Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier Explore the impressive Franz Josef Glacier up close with a guided walk or ice climbing activity. Franz Josef Glacier Guides offer a range of Glacier based tours and activities to suit visitors of all ages, abilities and budgets. Book Now >
Queenstown River Attractions
Jet Boating In Queenstown For over 50 years the world renowned Shotover Jet has been amazing visitors as its Big Red jet boats tear along the stunning the Shotover River, and through its narrow canyons. Experience the excitement of Queenstown’s ultimate jet boat ride. Book Now >
Kayaking In Queenstown Take a journey deep inside Mount Aspiring National Park on an inflatable kayaking adventure. On board your Funyak, you’ll paddle along the dynamic Dart River enjoying the beautiful landscape as it passes by. Book Now >
Queenstown Wilderness Safari A Jet Boat Safari along the Dart River is another great way to explore the Mt Aspiring National Park in all its natural wonder. Take in the stunning scenery as you journey along the river into the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage Site. Book Now >
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