Few towns in the world - if any - have so dramatic a setting as Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and backed by the constantly dramatic ‘Remarkables’ Mountains.
With a colourful history of Maori pounamu (jade) hunting and gold mining, Queenstown has always drawn on its surrounding landscapes to attract visitors and residents alike.
More recently it has proudly proclaimed itself the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and it’s hard to argue with this due to the sheer number of high adrenaline adventures available amongst the surrounding Southern Alps. While any trip to Queenstown should involve some form of outdoor adventure, there is every opportunity to witness the mountains first-hand without being suspended from a bungy cord.
Many visitors find it is quite enough to simply relax and drink in the ‘once in a lifetime’ scenery from one of the cafés on the lakeshore.
From Maori pounamu hunters to European gold prospectors, Queenstown has always been attractive for those in pursuit of bounty. Now this beautiful outdoor playground appeals to people seeking adventure and excitement, with a wealth of activities including mountain biking, bungy jumping, sky diving, hang-gliding, jet boating - the opportunities are endless.
Queenstown hosts a wealth of sporting events and festivals, of note the New Zealand Open golf championships and a selection of international skiing competitions. For those who prefer a more sedate pace there is still plenty of choice, from golfing and fishing to hiking and riding.
Regardless of how you choose to spend it, every day closes the same way, with the sight of the sun setting over the lake, casting a tincture of red across the Remarkables.
Nomad Safaris are the local experts for getting you out and about in some of Queenstown’s most inaccessible scenery. With roads such as Skippers Canyon being closed to rental vehicles, this is the best way to explore the Queenstown back country.
Much of the landscape was used in the filming of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and there is also a wealth of gold-mining history in the area, putting a historical spin on an exhilarating experience. Nomad operate with the approval of the Department of Conservation, and are actively involved in the preservation of the historical areas.
Suggested itineraries featuring Queenstown
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Queenstown, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Queenstown
- Arrowtown 17 kilometers away
- Glenorchy 30 kilometers away
- Lake Wanaka 53 kilometers away
- Milford Sound 72 kilometers away
- Te Anau & Manapouri 86 kilometers away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 132 kilometers away
- Doubtful Sound 136 kilometers away
- Twizel 143 kilometers away
- Dunedin 172 kilometers away
- The Catlins 176 kilometers away
- The Otago Peninsula 182 kilometers away
- Mount Cook National Park 185 kilometers away
- Lake Tekapo 185 kilometers away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 206 kilometers away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 223 kilometers away
- Hokitika 317 kilometers away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 329 kilometers away
- Christchurch 358 kilometers away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 369 kilometers away
- Punakaiki 391 kilometers away
- Hanmer Springs 436 kilometers away
Accommodation choices for Queenstown
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Queenstown. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Queenstown
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