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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Mountain, View Point, Food And Drinks
Brecon St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
09:00 am - 11:00 pm
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 view from the destination picturesque, the journey to Bob’s Peak too is a real treat. Coronet’s Peak, The Remarkables and the Queenstown G...
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Wildlife Park, Zoo
Brecon St, Queenstown, New Zealand
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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’t likely to spot any Kiwi’s when you venture into the wilderness of New Zealand. In fact, you stand a better chance viewing them up close along ...
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Outdoors, Geological Formation, Water Body
Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, New Zealand
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 Sound is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the world. The only fiord accessible by road, you could opt to see Milford Sound by day or by nigh...
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Outdoors, Botanical Garden
Next to Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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, the garden is surrounded by The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. If you’re good at aiming, bring along a Frisbee and try your hand at New Zealand...
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Scenic Drive, Family And Kids, Adventure Sport
Queenstown, New Zealand
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
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 Remarkables is the place to be for winter sports. With facilities for both amateurs and experts, be it skiing or snowboarding, there’s a place for ev...
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Scenic Drive, Tour, Family And Kids, Canyon
174 Glenda Drive, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
08:00 am - 11:00 pm
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 the road is more than enough to give you a sneak-peek into what the trip ahead holds in store. The Shotover River runs through the Canyon, making it a p...
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Cave, Family And Kids, Cruise
Te Anau, New Zealand
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 informative session about glow worms and their life cycle. The caves are an underground network that is accessible only by a smaller boat, from Cavern House....
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River, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Adventure
Otago, New Zealand
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 the Kawarau River. For those of you who aren’t fond of extreme sports, the Kawarau River is also a historical landmark that can keep the history...
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Leisure, Family And Kids, Cruise
Steamer Wharf, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand.
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 T.S.S Earnslaw. The cherry on the icing here is that not only do you see a whole new side of Queenstown, you also get to explore the century old vinta...
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Gibbston RD 1 | State Hwy 6, Queenstown, New Zealand
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
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’s finest wine producing hub. Renamed the ‘Valley of Wines’, the weather conditions of the Gibbston Valley keep swinging into the extre...
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Off Beaten Path, Scenic Drive, Food And Drinks, Family And Kids
221 Kent St.Kingston Railway Station, Queenstown 9748, New Zealand
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
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 Flyer is a vintage train that has now been converted as a tourist attraction. Experience what it would be like to travel in the 80’s- whole compar...
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Forest, National Park, Family And Kids, Nature
South Island 7886, New Zealand
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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’, this pristine park offers impressive terrain that deserves exploration. The small greenery, coast, lakes, wetlands, rivers and many such natural featu...
72 Brownston St Wanaka 9434, New Zealand
+64 3-443 1505
If you love classic movies, this is the place to be. It’s one of the coolest movie cinema in Queenstown. They have got nice vintage couches where you can relax, and there are also extra cushions to make you feel even more comfortable.