Queenstown Regional Info (App Version)
Sitting alongside Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown offers jaw dropping scenery and adventure in equal measures. The towering Remarkables mountains, white water rapids, lakes and canyons have helped this all year round destination become revered as the 'adventure capital of the world'.
Queenstown is a compact town that by day, offers views at every turn, and by night a lively atmosphere in the numerous bars and restaurants that are filled with adventurers recounting their day’s activities.
Shotover River was one of the world’s richest gold bearing rivers during the gold rush era in the late 19th century.
The Shotover Jet was the first commercial jet boat operator in the world.
Queenstown Gardens’ frisbee golf course was the first of its type in New Zealand.
During the filming of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, more than 500 people a day lined up at the casting rooms in Queenstown hoping for a part.
The oldest bungy jumper at AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge Bungy was aged 94.
Jump on board the Skyline Gondola for the classic picture postcard shot across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Climbing Queenstown Hill or Ben Lomond, rewards you with fantastic views of Queenstown and beyond.
The Steamer Wharf area includes a number of quality restaurants and bars overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The Village Green area is surrounded by more casual dining options while the main streets of Shotover, Beach and Ballarat include restaurants to suit all palates. If you’re after takeaways, head to Shotover Street. Just outside of town in Arthur’s Point, Gantleys is a great fine dining option.
The main shopping areas are centred around The Mall, Camp and Beach streets. A number of activity booking shops, outdoor clothing and equipment hire shops can be found on Shotover Street. The main shopping centre is O'Connells at the corner of Beach Street and Camp Street. On Rees Street, the Mountaineer Building is home to a few retail units, gallery space and high end labels.
The thrills are at every turn, whether you’re bungy jumping, skydiving, jetboating, paragliding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking or skiing. As the home of the world's first jet boating, bungy jump and river surfing operators, it’s a place continually pushing the boundaries. For those in search of something inspiring on two wheels, the 100 kilometre Queenstown Trail encompasses some of the region’s historical landmarks, cultural hotspots, and non-stop captivating views.
Skiing and Snowboarding:
Close to Queenstown you’ll find the Remarkables and Coronet ski fields, open mid-June through to early October. Over in Wanaka you can enjoy the slopes of Treble Cone and nearby Cardrona. Every year at the end of June, Queenstown hosts its Annual Winter Festival - an exciting 10-day celebration of winter with skiing, boarding, mad-cap activities and plenty of après-ski action.
You can always pamper yourself at a luxury spa or wind down on one of the four local golf courses, including the world famous Millbrook course. Queenstown Gardens provide a haven away from all the action. There’s also a Frisbee golf course which attracts fun and serious players.
St Omer Park is a 1 minute walk from the Steamer Wharf area and a popular scenic spot for BBQ’s. Earnslaw Park hosts the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market every Saturday.
Less than 20 minutes drive away and resembling a Wild West frontier town, is the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, where the past and the present are delightfully blurred.
Driving to Glenorchy rewards you with incredible views of Lake Wakatipu, sheer mountain sides and hanging valleys. Some of New Zealand's best walking trails are found here along with the Dart River Wilderness Jet Boat activity.
When the sun’s out, you may prefer to head along State Highway 6 and sample one of the award winning wines over lunch in the nearby wine regions of Gibbston, Bannockburn, Cromwell or Alexandra.