Visit Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown

Surrounded by picturesque snow-capped mountain ranges on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s landscape offers something for every kind of thrill seeker, from sky diving, hang gliding and bungy jumping to jet boating, white water rafting and back country 4WD tours.

It’s also a great place to relax and unwind. Enjoy a glass of award-winning Pinot Noir at one of the nearby wineries, explore Queenstown’s boutique shops or pamper yourself at one of the luxury day spas.

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Passports, Visas & Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.

Getting to Queenstown

FLIGHTS

Queenstown Airport is New Zealand’s fourth busiest airport. More than 60 businesses and 700 people work across the airport precinct providing a broad range of services.

The airport provides a domestic and international entry point to Queenstown, one of the world’s premium destinations. Residents and visitors, domestic and international alike, have access to daily air services to/from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as direct trans-Tasman services to east coast Australia.

AIRPORT CONNECTIONS

There are a number of convenient options for getting to and leaving Queenstown Airport, including:

Getting around Queenstown

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Head to the Queenstown New Zealand, Home of Adventure website for all your transport needs.

Use the Journey Planner to assist with the buses using Queenstown’s bus service, OrBus.

TAXIS & RIDE SHARE

Queenstown Taxis
Queenstown Taxis was the first taxi service to be established in the Wakatipu Basin and services Queenstown, Frankton, or wherever your destination may be.

Corporate Cabs
For 30 years Corporate Cabs has been providing exceptional customer service and is the preferred supplier of choice for discerning travellers and business leaders.

Uber
Planning a trip is easy with Uber!

Ola
Ola has landed at Queenstown Aiport! Riders can now be picked up and dropped off right outside the terminal.

Local Attractions

Skyline Queenstown | Gondola

Take a ride in Queenstown’s iconic Skyline Gondola and immerse yourself in spectacular panoramic views of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains. When you get to the top, discover a host of family friendly activities on offer. Get your fix with the Skyline Luge, jump in your specialised Luge cart and take on over 800m of banked corners, tunnels & dippers.

Images courtesy of Julian Apse

Glenorchy

45 minutes from Queenstown is beautiful Glenorchy. This rustic own is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Genorchy’s spectacular landscapes have become prime locations for film scouts, depicting many scenes from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Images courtesy of Miles Holden

Queenstown Adventure

Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, with a whole host of activities on land, water and in the air to thrill, challenge and inspire you. This region boasts the Southern Hemisphere’s highest bungy jump. For those who fear no height, there is skydiving, paragliding, climbing and zip lining.

Images courtesy of AJ Hackett

Jet Boating

Combine the classic New Zealand invention of jet boating with exhilarating adventure and stunning Queenstown landscapes. A short drive from Queenstown lies the turquoise Shotover River, which winds through towering canyons and huge rocks.

Images courtesy of Shotover Jet

Scenic Flights

Scenic flights are an excellent way to enjoy the natural splendour of Queenstown. Fly over mountains, stunning fiords, glaciers and turquoise-blue lakes.

Images courtesy of Over The Top Helicopters

Arrowtown

Situated on the banks of Arrow River is historic Arrowtown. Established during the gold rush of the 1860s and still a vibrant town centre today, it is only 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is home to the Lakes District Museum – the best small museum in New Zealand.

Images courtesy of Miles Holden

Gibbston Valley

The Gibbston Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’, is one of the most scenic wine growing areas you’ll ever encounter. The high altitude area is subject to cold winters, hot dry summers and a huge night-to-day temperature range. These challenging conditions have led to superb wines, worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards.

Images courtesy of Miles Holden

EAT & DRINK

Your restaurant table looks across a long alpine lake towards steep snow-capped mountains. A dish of New Zealand duck or lamb arrives as you swirl a full-bodied pinot noir with warming aromas of fruits. This is a typical dining experience in Queenstown – rich and surrounded by beauty.

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