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Queenstown is New Zealand's unofficial adventure capital. Thrill seekers can go bungee jumping off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, jet-boating along the Shotover and Dart Rivers, and skydiving with above Lake Wakatipu. Head to Milford Sound to see the iconic glaciers New Zealand is synonymous with, or hop on a hot air balloon at sunrise to soak up breathtaking views of the region. Descend from the sky and cross waters aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw for a perfect view of Walter Peak, The Remarkables, and Queenstown's charming landscapes.

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First Timer's Guide to Queenstown, New Zealand

Travel to Queenstown - the adrenaline capital of the world! From picturesque views to extreme activities, this New Zealand city is a place you absolutely cannot miss! Check our guide for the best things to do and what to eat in Queenstown, New Zealand!

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Unmissable sights in Queenstown

Queenstown is the ultimate travel destination to enjoy the outdoors and get a breath of fresh air. There is always something to do at every passing season, from taking a dip in the clear lakes in summer and walking along trails during spring, to witnessing the gorgeous valleys and mountain ranges in autumn and having fun in the snow during winter. Fall in love with nature with this list of Queenstown New Zealand attractions!

Milford Sound

There’s no better way to start your adventure in New Zealand than one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Located in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is often called the eighth wonder of the world because of its magnificent cliffs, misty waterfalls, and alluring dark waters. Go on a scenic cruise or bus ride and get the chance to spot friendly dolphins and adorable penguins! Rain or shine, this fiord promises a view worth remembering!

Lake Wakatipu

Witness the beauty of nature on a trip to the longest lake in New Zealand. Situated in the southwest of the Otago region, discover ‘the lake that breathes’ surrounded by majestic mountains. A popular Maori legend explains the magical and steady rise and fall of the waters as the heartbeat of a sleeping giant at the bottom of the lake. Enjoy a relaxing cruise or dive into its crystal clear waters! You can even go kayaking, swimming, or boating during the summer.

Routeburn Track

For those looking for more adventurous Queenstown activities, grab your shoes, bottle of water, and backpack for a panoramic hike on Routeburn Track! This is one of the most popular tracks in New Zealand featuring towering peaks, mirror lakes, and cascading waterfalls that surround you. The 33-kilometer trail is one of the shortest of the Fiordland Great Walks, so you don’t have to worry about getting too tired - although the spectacular views might just take your breath away! This is not a loop track, so you can decide between starting your journey at The Divide or at Routeburn Shelter.

Coronet Peak Ski Area

Enter a winter wonderland just 20 minutes away from central Queenstown! Coronet Peak Ski Area has over 40 kilometers of snowy slopes that are perfect for exciting winter sports. Welcome to first-timers and children, skiing and snowboarding lessons with the patient instructors are available, as well as other activities such as building a snowman or riding the lifts and snow sleds. Make sure to try the unique night skiing experience where you can glide down the slopes with an amazing view of the sunset and lively music.

Lake Wanaka

Head out to the great outdoors and start your adventure at Lake Wakana. Nestled among the stunning mountains of the South Island of New Zealand, this peaceful town draws travelers looking for exciting and fun things to do in Queenstown! This includes taking a walk on the lakeside tracks, hiking or biking on the mountain trails, canoeing on the calm waters, and more! In the middle of the lake, you can see the beautiful Wakana Tree, an iconic lone willow tree standing against the glorious Southern Alps. This is the perfect destination for all kinds of outdoor activities with your family!

The Remarkables Ski Area

Can’t get enough of snow? Go beyond Queenstown and hop on a bus or car for a 40-minute drive to the Remarkables Ski Area! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert in skiing and snowboarding, the skiable area covers over 220 hectares where you can learn from the patient instructors or test out your skills on your own. If you are lucky, you can arrive during a powder day and enjoy fresh and soft snow on the slopes. Other activities include sledding, sightseeing, and climbing the summit of the Single Cone, the highest peak in this mountain range!

Skippers Road

Carved over 130 years ago by hand on the sheer face of a mountain, Skippers Road leads to the historical and scenic Skippers Canyon, once a famous and rich gold mining site on the southwest of South Island. Not for the faint of heart, this is a narrow and winding road that stretches over 27 kilometers best viewed by mountain biking or riding a 4WD vehicle. Down below is the gushing Shotover River, where adventurers can go on a thrilling jet boat ride between the narrow canyons. With several twists and turns and panoramic views of the gorge, this is one of the most unique places to see in Queenstown that offers a terrifying yet exhilarating experience.

Hollyford Track

Located in Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track is a stunning and a hidden gem among the more popular trails in Queenstown. Clear lakes, native wildlife, lush rainforests, and thundering waterfalls await you as you journey from the towering mountains to the calming sea, starting at the Darran Mountain range and ending at the open-air at Martins Bay. This is the perfect place to escape from the city and have a moment of peace with almost no one else around. Hollyford Track is also one of the easier trails, making it a year-round destination for day walks and guided tours.

Skyline Queenstown

Soar above the city on the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car ride in the southern hemisphere! Panoramic views stretch out as far as the eye can see, including the vast Lake Wakatipu and surrounding majestic mountains like Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Skyline also offers plenty of other thrilling activities you can enjoy along with the views, such as luge rides, paragliding, bungee jumping, and mountain biking. At the exclusive hilltop location, enjoy a grand buffet serving delicious international and local dishes. Grab your ticket early to avoid the long queues to this memorable experience!

Ben Lomond

Adventurers up for a challenge should try going on a hike or walk on Ben Lomond, a mountain near central Queenstown. Follow the rocky path and climb up to the Ben Lomond Saddle to see sweeping views of the mystical lake, surrounding alps, and beautiful wildlife. The trail becomes steeper and rougher as you approach the summit, recommended for the more experienced hikers. With a 1,438-meter elevation gain, this rewards you with a grand scenery of beautiful peaks in every direction!

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About Queenstown

Queenstown is New Zealand's unofficial adventure capital. Thrill seekers can go bungee jumping off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, jet-boating along the Shotover and Dart Rivers, and skydiving with above Lake Wakatipu.


Head to Milford Sound to see the iconic glaciers New Zealand is synonymous with, or hop on a hot air balloon at sunrise to soak up breathtaking views of the region. Descend from the sky and cross waters aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw for a perfect view of Walter Peak, The Remarkables, and Queenstown's charming landscapes.

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General info

  • Time Zone
    GMT +12:00

  • Currency
    New Zealand Dollar

    1USD = 1.37NZD

  • Best time to visit
    • DEC - MAR

      Summer is the perfect weather for outdoor activities

    • JUN - OCT

      Skiing season

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CHINGHSIA
Published 213 days ago
Originally, we could not make the trip due to the weather, but in the end we returned to Queenstown to book this activity. It was very nervous, because the skydiving in the afternoon did not know whether it was possible until noon that day. Fortunately, we could complete this life list at the end! Because of the price, there is no option to purchase a third-person shooting, but the coach will help with the shooting during the whole process, including recording some videos before the start to record the current feelings and feelings. It is a great itinerary and it is worth participating!
ruo jen
Published 117 days ago
It is very suitable to take the cable car in the evening, go karting on the top of the mountain, and watch the sunset at sunset, you can have a panoramic view of Queenstown. It is recommended to buy more than three kartings. The first one is for beginners to practice the track more smoothly, and the subsequent track is more exciting. There are also many lazy bones, tables and chairs on the side of the track for resting and watching the scenery.
CHIAYEN
Published 61 days ago
The activity is very tight. I always feel that I haven’t stayed in the ranch for long enough and I can’t enjoy it leisurely. I will help take pictures before boarding the boat. You can buy photos. However, because there are too many people, there will be no time to take pictures in the back, so if If you want to buy, it is recommended to line up early. Lunch is not bad, but the meat part needs to be used earlier, and there are empty plates in the back. You can sit near the piano on the return boat, and there will be grandma playing the piano and singing. It is very pleasant Memories of the boat ride.

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