Best Things To Do in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is referred to as the 'Adventure Capital of New Zealand', and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, boasting a captivating backdrop of majestic surrounding mountains and beautiful rivers. The town is a hub for outdoor activities and adventure sports, where one can indulge in year-round activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking, mountain biking, hiking and river rafting that attracting tourists from across the world, making it one of the most sought travel destination in the world.

The best way to get a true taste of the uniqueness of the town is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Queenstown, which include attractions like Skyline Gondola with its iconic views, Glenorchy, Mount Aspiring National Park, Skippers Canyon, Kawarau River, Lake and Alpine and Queenstown Hill. One can indulge in adventure sports like off-road driving, cave explorations, skydiving, bungee jumping, river rafting, jet boating, hot air balloon rides, cycling, mountain biking, motorcycling, golf, hiking, kayaking, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and diving. One can get a taste of the culture of the city by taking a visit to its museums like the Lakes District Museum; art galleries like Graham Brinsley Gallery, David John Gallery and by indulging in tasting the locally manufactured wine at Waitiri Creek Wines Ltd, Queenstown Wine Trail and Skippers Canyon Wine Tour. The town also offers vibrant markets selling everything from clothes and souvenirs to food and art, some of the important stores being Untouched World, Remarkables Peak Town Centre, Aotea Gifts and Kapa Design Gallery. The town also offers a gastronomic delight by offering a mouth-watering cuisine at the various restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes and casinos. A tour of Queenstown, with its spectacular scenery and world-class activities and attractions, is sure to take your breath away.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Queenstown, New Zealand

Must see places in Queenstown ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Queenstown tourist attractions & points of interest.

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    Skyline Gondola

    Tags: Mountain, View Point, Food And Drinks

    Address: Brecon St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    For the best view of Queenstown, climb aboard the Skyline Gondola that will take you to the top of Bob’s Peak for a breath-taking panorama of the adventure capital of the world. Not only is the ...Read more

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    Kiwi Birdlife Park

    Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo

    Address: Brecon St, Queenstown, New Zealand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Among the various other things that are a part of New Zealand’s original recipe, the main ingredient, apart from The Lord of The Rings, is the country’s national bird. Now, you aren’...Read more

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    Milford Sound

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Water Body

    Address: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, New Zealand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The seven wonders of the world keep changing- there were the old wonders and the new wonders. The eight wonder however, has remained constant. Aptly coined by the author, Rudyard Kipling, Milford Soun...Read more

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    Queenstown Gardens

    Tags: Outdoors, Botanical Garden

    Address: Next to Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    Another feather in New Zealand’s cap, the Queenstown Gardens is a botanical garden that, within its premises, houses a wide variety of flora, both exotic and native. With a waterfront peninsula,...Read more

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    T.s.s Earnslaw

    Tags: Leisure, Cruise

    Address: Steamer Wharf, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Apart from its spectrum of adventure sports, the other reason why people keep coming back to Queenstown is due to its scenery. One of the many boat cruises you should take whilst in Queenstown is the ...Read more

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    The Remarkables

    Tags: Scenic Drive, Adventure Sport

    Address: Queenstown, New Zealand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    True to its name, The Remarkables are worth being remarked about! Although, when compared to what it can offer to tourists, the view is somewhat sidelined. A 45 minute drive from Queenstown, The Remar...Read more

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    Gibbston Valley Wines

    Tags: Tour, Winery

    Address: Gibbston RD 1 | State Hwy 6, Queenstown, New Zealand

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Growing grapes is a delicate art, more so, if the end product is wine. What Burgundy is to France, Otago is to New Zealand! A wine connoisseur’s paradise, Gibbston Valley Wines is New Zealand&rs...Read more

  8. # 8 of 232 Things To Do in Queenstown | Added 2994 times in trip plans
    Skippers Canyon

    Tags: Scenic Drive, Tour, Canyon

    Address: 174 Glenda Drive, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand

    Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Undoubtedly a sight that must not be missed, the Skippers Canyon, not only comes with a lot of history but also 22 km of unadulterated scenic beauty. Accessible only by the Skippers Road, a ride on th...Read more

  9. # 9 of 232 Things To Do in Queenstown | Added 1714 times in trip plans
    The Kingston Flyer

    Tags: Off Beaten Path, Scenic Drive, Food And Drinks

    Address: 221 Kent St.Kingston Railway Station, Queenstown 9748, New Zealand

    Timings: 10:00 am - 01:00 pm Details

    What previously used to be a fully functional mode of transportation during the erstwhile years is now a scenic railroad ride along the Wakatipu district on 14 kms of preserved tracks! The Kingston Fl...Read more

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    Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

    Tags: Cave, Cruise

    Address: Te Anau, New Zealand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    What starts off as a cruise on Lake Te Anau, ends with a sight that is unique to New Zealand- the grotto of the glow worms. Before you are seated in smaller boats at the cave, there’s an informa...Read more

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    Kawarau River

    Tags: River, Historical Site, Adventure

    Address: Otago, New Zealand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Queenstown is famous for the sheer variety of adventure sports it has to offer. At any given tourist attraction, there will be at least two adventure sports up for grabs. One such coveted location is ...Read more

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    Westland Tai Poutini National Park

    Tags: Forest, National Park, Nature

    Address: South Island 7886, New Zealand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island, this national park is said to be the extension of the highest peak of Southern Alps. Often referred as ‘glacier country’, ...Read more

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    Moke Lake Campsite

    Tags: Boating, Fishing

    If you want to wake up to scintillating wilderness, the Moke Lake Campsite is where you fit right in. This campground, in Queenstown, is a spectacular heaven of peace, right next to a placid lagoon, w...Read more

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    Pub On Wharf

    Tags: Bar

    Address: 88 Beach Street | Steamer Wharf, Queenstown, New Zealand 034412155

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    this is a new pub in town, very stylish and well maintained. There is also a decent and strong wine list, this is a great place to be.

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    Lake And Alpine

    Address: Queenstown,Newzealand.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Lake and Alpine together make the perfect setting for an excess of adventure activities; in winter there is skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snow mobile rides and the extreme art of helicopter ski j...Read more

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