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Distance & Driving times
Christchurch to Queenstown
6:15 hrs - 486 kms
Dunedin to Queenstown
3:30 hrs - 283 kms
Wanaka to Queenstown
1:30 hr - 117 kms
Invercargill to Queenstown
2:15 hrs - 187 kms
Area: 4,578 km²
Closest Airport:
Queenstown International Airport
Activities: 4WD Tours, Abseiling, Bird Watching, Bungy Jumping, Canoeing, Canyoning, Cycling, Fishing, Gliding, Golf, Hang Gliding, Heli-skiing, Heli-boarding, Horse riding, Horse Trekking, Hot Air Ballooning, Hunting, Ice Skating, Jet Boating, Kayaking, Luge, Mountain Biking, Para Gliding, Quad Biking, River Surfing, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Shooting Clay Targets, Sky Diving, Snow Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow mobiling, Tennis Walking, White Water Rafting, Wildlife Encounters, Wine Tasting
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About Queenstown Region

Queenstown region is well recognised as the adventure capital of the world. It is an adrenalin junkies paradise. Here you can ski or board steep and deep, jump out of a perfectly serviceable plane with a parachute, enjoy the exhilaration of some serious white water rapids, or a fast and furious jet boat ride, and if you still have a few nerves left why not jump off a high platform tied to a giant rubber band (popularly known as bungy jumping)

If your nerves are already rattled just from reading the paragraph above don't panic there are some great alternatives and great ways to just chill out and relax. Enjoy a round of golf on one of Queenstown's scenic world class golf courses, take a tranquil mountain walk or sip wine from a local vineyard whilst you take in the breathtaking Mountain and lake views.

Queenstown is particularly popular in winter with several famous ski fields including Coronet Peak and The Remarkables close to town. The ski season runs from mid June through to early October. But when summer comes the water sports come to life on the beautiful blue Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding rivers. This is the perfect time to enjoy sailing, jet boating, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and para-gliding.

Places to visit

Arrowtown is 21 kms out of Queenstown and is known for its charm and historical buildings. The streets are tree lined and there are many restored cottages and old mining site to be explored. Arrowtown is home to the Lakes District Museum. This museum is considered by many to be one of New Zealand's best small museums. Along side the banks of the Arrow River the humble village of the Chinese gold miners can still be seen.

Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak is one of New Zealand's most popular ski areas. It offers a diverse terrain with runs to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders, and the views from the mountain are breathtaking. Coronet Peak has 280 skiable hectares accessed by a six seater express chair, an express quad, a double chair, a t-bar, magic carpet and beginner tow. Coronet Peak is just a short 25 minute drive along a fully sealed road from Queenstown.

Glenorchy sits at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains, rivers and beech forest. Located just 45 minutes out of Queenstown, many of New Zealand's great walks start or finish just beyond Glenorchy. The road to Glenorchy gives travellers breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu.

The township of Queenstown is alive year round, in winter it attracts skiers and snowboarders and in summer it is golfers and adventure seekers.

Skippers Canyon
Skippers Canyon has been the main hub of gold mining activity since the 1860's until only recently. Today many historical sites still exist, and a number of original gold mining workings are undergoing restoration. Skippers Canyon covers an area of 20 acres and it is home to the Pipeline Bungy, Skippers Flying Fox, Winky's Museum, Skippers Canyon Jet and the Pipeline Walkway. Just getting to Skippers Canyon is an adventure with road carved out of a rock cliff face.

The Remarkables
The Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown is home to the The Remarkables Ski Area. It offers skiers and snowboarders 220 skiable hectares of terrain spreads across 700 hectares of reserve. There are 3 bowls and the resort is serviced by three quad chairs, one magic carpet and one beginner tow offer. There is also a purpose built Tubing Park providing fun for the whole family.

Things to do

Queenstown golf courses offer such amazing scenery it is hard to concentrate on your game. At least you can use that as an excuse if you lose. One of the favourite courses with visitors to the region is Millbrook, designed by Bob Charles. Then there is the Kelvin Heights course which is located on a stunning peninsula that reaches into Lake Wakatipu. The other popular course is Arrowtown. Frankton offers a driving range and 9 hole practice course.

Get an adrenalin rush
There are numerous ways to get a thrill in Queenstown. At Skippers Canyon you can try bungy jumping, white water rafting, a ride on a flying fox and jet boating. Jet boating is also available on the Shotover, Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Enjoy a ride on the luge at Bob's Peak.

Some of New Zealand,s best walks start just beyond Glenorchy. The national parks of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring are both within easy reach of Queenstown and offer a range of half or full day walks. Multi day walks are also available and pass through primordial forests, valleys and alpine tussock fields. Guided walks are also available.

Other activities
On Lake Wakatipu you can enjoy the experience of a cruise aboard a 100 year old steamboat, the TSS Earnslaw. Gibbston Valley and Chard Farm vineyards offer cellar door tastings so you can sample some of the local wines. Fishing is also very popular in the region with trout and salmon available all year round. And for the whole family why not experience New Zealand farm life with a horse ride or watch the sheep shearing or see how those amazing sheep dogs round up a flock.


The Queenstown region has quite well defined seasons with Summer being hot and dry and average temperatures range from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius, Autumn is warm to mild with average temperatures ranging from 6 to 16 degrees Celsius Winter brings cold nights, snow to the ranges and the skiers are usually clear. The average temperatures range from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius Spring is known for its changeable weather and average temperatures from 9 to 15 degrees Celsius On average you will expect to experience around 8 rain days each season.

Getting there

By Air
Queenstown is easily accessed by air with the Queenstown International Airport located at Frankton you fly directly to this wonderful destination. There are several domestic connection to Auckland, Wellington and Christchuch each day.

By Car
State Highway 6 runs through Queenstown and the drive is wonderfully scenic with approaches from north, east and south.

By Coach
There are several daily coach shuttle options from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Wanaka.


The Queenstown region has a range of holiday accommodation options to suit all preferences and budgets, including luxury lodges, bed and breakfast guesthouses, self contained apartments, backpackers, motels, hotels and RV caravan parks.

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