South Island

Queenstown is located on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.

Ski the world-class slopes or sail across Lake Wakatipu, bungee jump off Kawarau Bridge or sample the regional Pinots; whether you're a thrill or chill seeker it is genuinely impossible to run out of things to do in this awesome city. All that plus stunning views and a delicious foodie scene, you'll never want to go home.

New Zealand South Island

Adventure

Renowned for its jagged mountains, rolling pastureland, raging rivers, scenic beaches and active volcanic zones, it’s no wonder New Zealand is also known as the adrenaline capital of the world. If you crave excitement and adventure, the Kiwi’s kindly host an array of extreme sporting from volcano boarding to canyon-swinging. Caution: Not for the faint hearted… these are some of the best things to try bungee jumping, zip lining, skydiving, jet boating, horse riding and quad biking.

Rest and Relax

Although adventure and sightseeing are part of the essential ingredients in making your Queenstown experience complete, this New Zealand city also has plenty of opportunities to unwind, rest and relax. From going to a day spa, to soaking in hot pools or indulging in wine at one of Queenstown’s wineries, you’ll definitely leave feeling rejuvenated.

Wineries

Just 20 minutes from Queenstown is the Gibbston Valley, which is full of vineyards, restaurants and cafes. One great way to experience this spot is via bike – to explore the beauty of the area. A must-visit when in the Gibbston Valley is New Zealand’s biggest wine cave.

Natural Landscapes

Dramatic, breathtaking scenery is what Queenstown is all about. From glaciers to rainforests and mountain ranges, this city has been blessed by Mother Nature. Choose to skydive over snow-capped mountains, take a cruise or even a flight over the stunning scenery that is, Queenstown.

About South Island

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    English

    Maori

    Currency
    New Zealand dollar (NZD)
    Visa Requirements

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Milford Sound
    • Routeburn Track
    • Lake Wanaka
    • Lake Wakatipu
    • Skippers Canyon (bungee jumping)
    • Hollyford Track
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Queenstown Underwater Observatory
    • Adventure activities in Lake Wakatipu
    • Ice skating at Queenstown Ice Arena
    • Go karting at the Luge
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Gibbston Summer Concert (January)
    • Wanaka A&P Show (March)
    • Macpac Motatapu 2018 (March)
    • Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (March-April)
    • Queenstown International Marathon (November)
    • Rhythm and Alps Music Festival (December)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Soak in Japanese-inspired hot pools
    • Horse riding in Glenorchy
    • See Lord of the Rings film locations from above as you fly in a giant balloon

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