Our guide to the suburb of Frankton, home of the airport and retail parks
Frankton is situated at the north-eastern end of Lake Wakatipu off highway 6a that runs from Cromwell into Queenstown. The suburb enjoys views of Lake Wakatipu and is in close proximity to the eye-catching Kawarau and Shotover rivers which are popular with jet boating operators.
Frankton is the site of Queenstown airport that services both domestic and international flights. All the main scenic flight and helicopter flight companies are based by the airport for obvious reasons. International and domestic car and campervan rental operators are also within walking distance of the airport.
The Remarkables Park Town Centre and Five Mile Shopping Centre are the two main retail parks in Queenstown. Locals make use of the biggest supermarket and the variety of shops on offer. Banks, pharmacy, electronic, department stores, outdoor specialist and a whole bunch more are all located here. There are also a number of decent cafe and restaurant options to choose from.
The Remarkables Weekly market runs from December until April. Head past the Remarkables shopping centre until you reach the Red Barn. Each Saturday, arts and crafts, freshly cooked food and live music create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. It's a good way to support and enjoy the wares from local suppliers.
The Queenstown Event centre is managed by Lakes Leisure and includes conference and leisure facilities. In addition to the swimming pool and, slide, there are football and cricket playing fields, an impressive gym and indoor playing courts.If you are driving to Milford Sound, Frankton is a good fuel stop as there are not many chances to do so for the couple of hours until you reach Te Anau.
A good way to enjoy the scenery is to take a walk, or bike ride, along the Frankton Walkway. This pathway hugs Lake Wakatipu all the way into Queenstown. The walk takes about 90 minutes and affords you views of the lake, the Remarkables, Kelvin Peninsula (another good walk close by) and Cecil Peak.