Nestled on Lake Wakatipu’s shores, Queenstown is the world’s adventure capital, attracting thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Travelling here isn’t just a journey; it’s a gateway to life-changing experiences. With diverse activities, stunning landscapes, and a vibrant city scene, Queenstown appeals to solo travellers, couples, families, and anyone seeking adventure.

Flights To Queenstown Guide

Imagine gazing at the Southern Alps from your plane window as you approach New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a preview of the amazing adventures ahead. Queenstown is more than a destination; it’s an unforgettable experience, and your flight is the gateway to an unparalleled escape.

At Wokings Travel, we offer adventurous getaways to Queenstown. Our ATOL-certified flights ensure peace of mind. Explore our blog for trips to stunning fjords, ski slopes, and scenic trails. Experience Queenstown’s charm with activities for all travelers.

Queenstown is a treasure trove of natural wonders and human-made marvels. It’s a destination that thrives on diversity, offering something for everyone. We’ve curated a list of the top 10 tourist hotspots you can’t miss when visiting Queenstown.

  1. Skyline Queenstown – Take the gondola to Skyline Queenstown for stunning panoramic views. Whether for lunch, stargazing, or luge rides, it’s a perfect start to your Queenstown adventure.
  2. Milford Sound – Known as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Milford Sound offers scenic cruises past waterfalls, rainforests, and iconic Mitre Peak. It’s a peaceful nature retreat.
  3. Queenstown Gardens – These serene gardens offer a peaceful escape from Queenstown’s action-packed adventures. Ideal for a leisurely walk or a game of frisbee golf, they are a refreshing oasis.
  4. The Remarkables—Whether for skiing or snowboarding in winter or hiking in summer, The Remarkables mountain range lives up to its name with stunning views and alpine landscapes.
  5. Shotover Jet – Thrilling jet boating through Shotover Canyons. High-speed twists and turns for adrenaline junkies against a stunning river backdrop.
  6. Lake Wakatipu – Blue waters surrounded by mountains. Offers various water activities from cruises to jet-skiing, a focal point of Queenstown’s charm.
  7. AJ Hackett Bungy – Experience the ultimate thrill by bungy jumping off the Kawarau Bridge, where the world’s first commercial jump took place. It’s a must-do adventure, blending fear, excitement, and pure joy.
  8. Arrowtown – A short drive from Queenstown, Arrowtown is a charming gold mining town with a rich history. Stroll its historic streets, visit the Lakes District Museum, and explore nearby hiking trails.
  9. Fergburger – No Queenstown trip is complete without Fergburger! Known for big, juicy burgers, it’s worth the wait for what some call New Zealand’s best, maybe even the world’s.
  10. Glenorchy – Glenorchy, at Lake Wakatipu’s northern tip, is the gateway to New Zealand’s stunning scenery and iconic “The Lord of the Rings” film locations. The scenic drive is a must for nature lovers and photographers.

Queenstown warmly welcomes a diverse array of visitors, each seeking a unique experience. At Wokings Travel, we understand that your adventure needs are as individual as you are. Here’s a brief overview of the experiences tailored for different types of travelers:

  • The Adrenaline Seeker: Queenstown is your playground for those who thrive on high-energy activities. From bungy jumping at AJ Hackett to navigating the rapids on a Shotover Jet boat, we organize experiences that push the adrenaline to its limits.
  • The Nature Lover: If serene landscapes and the call of the wild draw you, Queenstown’s natural beauty will enchant you. Embark on a guided tour to Milford Sound or a leisurely hike in The Remarkables, immersing yourself in the stunning sceneries that define New Zealand.
  • The Family Voyager: Traveling with family? Queenstown offers plenty of family-friendly adventures. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Skyline Queenstown or explore the underwater wonders at the aquarium. We arrange activities that are fun for all ages.
  • The Solo Explorer: For the independent traveler looking to carve their path, Queenstown provides a safe and welcoming environment to explore at your leisure. With recommendations for solo dining experiences at places like Fergburger and guided solo tours, you’ll never feel alone.
  • The Romantic Couple: Searching for a romantic getaway? Queenstown’s breathtaking landscapes offer the perfect backdrop for love. Enjoy intimate dinners, couples’ spa treatments, and scenic helicopter rides for those unforgettable moments.
  • The Culture Enthusiast: Delve into New Zealand’s rich cultural tapestry with visits to local museums, galleries, and historical sites like Arrowtown. Engage with local Maori culture through experiences designed to educate and inspire.

At Wokings Travel, we curate your Queenstown visit to match your travel desires, ensuring an adventure as unique as yours.

Here, we’ve compiled a ‘must-do’ list of ten immersive experiences in Queenstown. These activities are not just about ticking off a checklist but about living a moment you will remember forever.

  1. Bungy Jump at the Nevis – Push your limits by jumping from one of the world’s highest bungy platforms. The Nevis Bungy is not for the faint-hearted, offering a heart-pounding 134m drop into the Nevis Valley.
  2. Wine Tasting in Gibbston Valley – Explore the ‘Valley of the Vines,’ home to some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Join a wine tour to discover the art of winemaking and sample exquisite wines amidst stunning landscapes.
  3. Queenstown Hill Walk – Embark on a hike to the summit of Queenstown Hill for spectacular views of the town, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. The walk is a moderate challenge but rewards with breathtaking vistas.
  4. Jet boating on the Dart River—Experience the exhilaration of jet boating amidst the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park. The Dart River adventure combines adrenaline, speed, and natural beauty.  
  5. Paragliding from Bob’s Peak – Glide over Queenstown with a tandem paragliding flight from the top of Bob’s Peak, offering unparalleled views of the town and its dramatic landscapes.  
  6. Kayaking on Lake Wakatipu – Paddle the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu. Explore hidden coves and enjoy the tranquility of the lake at your own pace with a kayak rental or guided tour.  
  7. Skiing or Snowboarding at Coronet Peak – Hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, Queenstown’s closest ski field. Suitable for all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros, the field offers fantastic conditions and breathtaking views.  
  8. Explore the Underwater Observatory – Delve into the depths of Lake Wakatipu without getting wet. The Underwater Observatory offers a unique view of the lake’s underwater ecosystem and resident trout and eels.  
  9. Take the Queenstown Trail – Cycle or walk the Queenstown Trail to discover the area’s beauty at your own pace. The trail network offers various routes with stunning scenery, passing through vineyards, along rivers, and by the lake.  
  10. Relax at Onsen Hot Pools – After a day of adventure, unwind at the Onsen Hot Pools, which offer private hot tubs with incredible views over the Shotover River canyon, providing the perfect end to an action-packed day.

Luxury Accommodations

  • The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments: Experience stunning Lake Wakatipu & The Remarkables at The Rees. Luxurious rooms, apartments, and private residences are available. Award-winning dining & private jetty for lake excursions.
  • Matakauri Lodge: Experience modern luxury and incredible views at Matakauri Lodge. It offers exclusive retreats with private terraces featuring lake views, an on-site spa, a pool, and gourmet dining.

Mid-Range Hotels

  • Millbrook Resort: Perfect for a cozy stay with outdoor fun, Millbrook Resort features roomy accommodations and villas by a gorgeous 27-hole golf course, spa, and dining options.
  • Heritage Queenstown: Designed like a Swiss chalet, this hotel provides cozy rooms with lake or mountain views, along with an outdoor pool, sauna, and fitness center. The perfect retreat for families and couples.

Budget-Friendly Options

  • Nomads Queenstown Hostel: Perfect for backpackers and solo travelers, Nomads Queenstown provides clean, affordable accommodation right in the heart of Queenstown. Guests can choose from dormitory rooms to private ensuites.
  • Pinewood Lodge: Offering a range of budget-friendly rooms and apartments, Pinewood Lodge is an excellent choice for travelers who prefer self-catering options. It’s within walking distance of Queenstown’s main attractions, making it convenient for explorers.

Boutique & Unique Stays

  • Azur Luxury Lodge: Azur is an intimate boutique hotel with nine private villas set against a stunning natural backdrop, offering unparalleled service and luxury with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu.
  • Hulbert House: To taste New Zealand’s history with modern comfort, Hulbert House offers a unique boutique experience. This restored Victorian villa is filled with elegant antique furnishings and provides personalized service in a cozy setting.

Selecting the right hotel will enhance your Queenstown adventure, ensuring a comfortable resting place as you explore everything this dynamic city has to offer.

Navigating Queenstown and its surroundings is part of the adventure, and thankfully, there are several transport options to suit every traveler’s needs. Here are the most popular modes of transportation in and around Queenstown:

  • Rental Cars: Renting a car allows you to explore Queenstown and the scenic South Island at your own pace. Rental agencies are located at the airport and town center.
  • Public Buses: The local bus service, Connectabus, provides an affordable way to travel around Queenstown and nearby areas, including Arrowtown and local ski fields.
  • Taxis and Rideshares: Taxis and Uber are easily accessible in Queenstown, and you can get convenient door-to-door service from your hotel to anywhere in town and nearby areas.
  • Bicycles and E-Bikes: With many trails and bike lanes, cycling is a great way to enjoy natural landscapes. Bike and e-bike rentals provide a healthy, eco-friendly transport choice.
  • Ferries: For a scenic journey to attractions, the Lake Wakatipu ferry links Queenstown to spots like Walter Peak, providing stunning area views from a unique angle.

Each mode of transport offers a unique way to experience Queenstown, whether seeking convenience, adventure, or the chance to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes at a slower pace.

Queenstown is famous for its stunning scenery and adventurous vibe, with weather shaping the experience. Here’s what to expect on your visit:

  • Summer (December to February): Summer in Queenstown is warm and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F).
  • Autumn (March to May): Autumn brings a magical change of colors. Temperatures cool down to an average of 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F).
  • Winter (June to August): Winter transforms Queenstown into a snowy paradise. Temperatures can drop to below 0°C (32°F), with mountain areas receiving ample snowfall.
  • Spring (September to November): Spring breathes new life into the region, with average temperatures between 8°C and 22°C (46°F to 72°F).

UK travelers to Queenstown should note the time difference based on British Summer Time (BST) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) versus New Zealand Time (NZT).

  • During British Summer Time (BST), Queenstown is 11 hours ahead of the UK. This means when it’s 9 AM in London on BST, it’s 8 PM the same day in Queenstown.
  • During Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Queenstown is 13 hours ahead of the UK. Therefore, 9 AM in London on GMT translates to 10 PM the same day in Queenstown.

In Queenstown and across New Zealand, the currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), symbolised as “$” or “NZ$.” It’s recommended for travellers to have local currency for small expenses, although cards are widely accepted. Currency exchange services are available at the airport, banks, and bureaus in Queenstown.

Understanding and respecting local laws is crucial for a smooth visit to Queenstown. To help tourists stay informed about legal requirements and advice in Queenstown and New Zealand, check out these resources:

By familiarising yourself with these resources, you can ensure a more informed, respectful, and hassle-free travel experience in Queenstown.

In conclusion, we believe that every traveler deserves to experience the enchantment of Queenstown. With Wokings Travel, your flight to this paradise is more than just a plane ride; it catalyzes a remarkable experience.

Seize the moment, book your flights, and immerse yourself in the adventure that awaits in Queenstown. With our comprehensive guide and trusted services, your New Zealand odyssey begins here.