Queenstown

qt-devilsstaircase About Queenstown

Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown can be the start or finishing point of your journey on the Southern Scenic Route. The area has captured hearts and imaginations since the first Ma¯ ori came in search of pounamu (greenstone) and the giant Moa bird. More recently, gold miners, adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts and Hollywood stars have been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy. With a reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season visitor destination, the cosmopolitan lake and alpine resort has the perfect mix of action and relaxation. Queenstown offers so much choice that no two days need ever be the same... and you’ll leave feeling inspired and revitalised.

Pure inspiration

This vibrant, compact town offers a huge range of things to do. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush like bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, zip trekking, or dirt biking, there are endless opportunities to get your blood pumping! For more relaxed pursuits you can enjoy world-class golf courses, explore backcountry on foot or bike or sample awardwinning Central Otago wines.

History

Visit the nearby picturesque Arrowtown to discover the rich history of goldmining. Its quaint tree-lined streets are a seamless blend of past and present, featuring old miners’ cottages, and restored Chinese village alongside intimate cafés, boutiques and galleries. A true slice of paradise sits a spectacular 45-minute drive west of Queenstown at the end of Lake Wakatipu. Glenorchy is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most epic scenery and once there you can enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness, lakeside walks, jet boating, horse riding, kayaking and hiking. In Queenstown accommodation options range from budget to five-star, with holiday parks, backpacker properties and motels alongside B&Bs, international hotel chains, and luxury lodges.

 

A view of Queenstown at night

The waterfront in Queenstown

Queenstown Links

Townships in Queenstown

A spectacular 45-minute drive west of Queenstown, set amongst snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and national parks is the frontier town of Glenorchy. There you can enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness, lakeside walks, jetboating, horse riding, kayaking and hiking.

The gateway to and from Queenstown is a great starting point to explore the region. Activities in Frankton include walking or biking on the local lakeside tracks, golf and swimming, then stock up at the Remarkables Park shopping centre adjacent to the airport and head South on SH6.

Kingston is the compact town at the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu. Take the scenic 47km drive south of Queenstown along a winding road that travels between Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. This historic township is a holiday destination for many Otago and Southland families and also offers walking tracks, excellent fishing, a golf course and bowling green.

The resort town is not only a beautiful holiday destination but offers top quality facilities, shopping and eating options. Queenstown Airport offers international and domestic flights and is located in Frankton.

The historic gold mining town is just 20 minutes from Queenstown. Sophisticated in its appeal, the cobbled main street, fine clothing stores, art studios and galleries, outstanding café and restaurant culture, unique accommodation, traditional pubs and boutique bars create an ambience that is sought out by visitors and residents alike. Arrowtown is also renowned for its extensive range of historic and recreational walking trails for all fitness levels...

Activities in Queenstown

The Queenstown Trail, launched in late 2012, is a 110km network of trails which link the popular tourism spots of Queenstown Bay, Frankton, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’. Classed as a New Zealand Great Ride, the trail follows pristine rivers, lakes and mountain ranges and provides easy access to iconic Queenstown experiences. The trail has an easy to intermediate gradient and is designed for maximum choice - it can be cycled or walked as a whole or in sections depending on time and preference.

2 hr return

The walk starts from Belfast Terrace, within walking distance from the Queenstown CBD and gives 360 degree panoramic views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu at the top.

30 min loop

This easy, flat walk starts at the lakefront and follows the peninsula around to Frankton Arm with sweeping views up the lake to Glenorchy and down to Kingston.

1 hour each way

A popular stroll or bike along the lake edge between Queenstown and Frankton. Access this track from Peninsula Street in Queenstown, the Frankston Reserve in Frankton or at various points along Frankton Road.

1 hour each way

This leisurely lakeside walk starts at Kawarau Falls Bridge and follows along the Frankton Arm’s sunny southern shoreline. Mountainbiking, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown. Page - 12 & 13 - Queenstown

1.5 hr each way

A lakeside walk with superb lake and mountain views through undulating open grasslands.. This track starts at Jardine Park at the end of Poplar Drive on Kelvin Heights Peninsula.

1.5 hr each way

A lakeside walk with superb lake and mountain views through undulating open grasslands... This track starts at Jardine Park at the end of Poplar Drive on Kelvin Heights PeninsulaAccessed by 12km of gravel road from SH6, the Lake Alta Track is a two hour alpine hike in summer conditions. The track climbs gradually from the base building then crosses the Rastus Burn and onto a cirque valley beneath the Single and Double Cone which Maori called Kawarau. Note: Please use the toilet facilities at the base building. Waste matter does not break down in this alpine habitat. Hiking equipment is required for this track.

4 hr return

Entry to this track is accessed by an open gate from SH6, just before the Wye Creek bridge. A steep 45 minute climb follows the pipeline to a small hydro dam and then climbs to the foot of a rock bluff through remnant beech forest to the Lower Wye Creek basin.

Here you’ll find a driver’s rest area and viewpoint of Lake Wakatipu.

KINGSTON At the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu is the pretty township of Kingston. The 47km lakeside drive from Queenstown is a stunning, winding road that follows Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range towards Te Anau. There are a few driver rest areas along the way for photo opportunities. Kingston’s lakeside setting, relaxed vibe and activities like walking tracks, boating and fishing, make it a popular holiday destination for families.

2 hr return

Te Kere Haka Scenic Reserve provides access to the Shirtail Track, with easy access to Shirtail Creek. Past the creek the track becomes rugged and steep with sections of loose gravel - care is required.

30 min each way

A walking track winds around the lakeshore from the Kingston Lakefront Reserve for 30 minutes. Please do not go beyond this without the permission of

Queenstown Map

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