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Queenstown Things to Do

  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

    For the most spectacular view of Queenstown, visit the Skyline Gondola. This takes you to Bob's Peak, offering a panoramic vista over the entire town and its environs. This is the best thing to see if you have only a very short time in Queenstown, and want to make the most of it. In addition to the view, there is a restaurant (which I didn't...

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  • Jet Boating

    The jetboats in Queenstown are quite an adventure. There are now 3 options available. The fastest, thrill seeking option is the Shotover Jet. It departs/docks at their pier at Jack's Point. An easy journey via car or the local bus. This is the shortest yet fastest option with donuts and wall-hanging curves. The other two options leave from the...

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  • Bungy Jumping

    Even if you don't fancy to make a bungy jump, or if you have little time, try to stop here at the new Bungy Centre and have a look around. This is newly rebuilt and nestled into the surrounding rock, a great amount of care has been taken to blend in with the look of the area. There is a very nice café and facilities including an interactive Bungy...

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Queenstown Restaurants

  • IVY&LOLA

    A nice restaurant in Queenstown wharf. However, it is the only restaurant in New Zealand I knew that is asking for tips. Lamb, Burger.

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  • Taste of France Downunder

    Ambience is perfect, total French theme, being owned and run by French people. Great selection of French wines, making the experience fantastic. The owners and staff are delightful, and Oh So French, I just loved it !! I went for both lunch and dinner, but I suppose from what I had, my fav would have to be the Crepes Suzette :-)

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  • Good food with friendly service.

    Came across this restaurant by chance when walking along Steamer Wharf,although they were busy a table was found for us in the courtyard,which was nice as there was a pleasant breeze.Young staff gave excellent service with a friendly approach. Decided to have the Blue cod,chips and side salad followed by the tiramisu .Tasty and fresh food which...

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Queenstown Nightlife

  • Meet the world

    A club and bar for packpackers. This big place situated on the first floor have a couple of sections; one for dancing and drinking, and another for drinking and playing pool.Here you'll find people from the 20s to the 30s. A good mix. A must try here is the tea pot. I had the long island ice tea version and got some shot glasses as well. A fun way...

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  • Good place to start

    We started out most nights at Buffalo Club because our hostel had a deal with them that if we showed them our room key we would get buy one get one free on beers and I believe some well liquor drinks. The place has a fire going and is a decent place to be, but still number 3 on my list behind World Bar and altitude. If you are looking for a more...

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  • If you wanna dance...

    It doesn't look like much during the day, but at night Altitude opens up and is one of the best bars to be at. Close to my personal favorite, World Bar, this bar is a little bit better for dancing and meeting people on the dance floor. It is however very hot and you will get sweaty. None

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Queenstown Transportation

  • Intercity : Wanaka to Queenstown / to...

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • Rental Van

    We found van rentals really useful for day trips up to the slopes surrounding Queenstown. Even though we mainly used cars to get around the South Island, taking a van for just a day gave us heaps of room for gear and actually worked out cheaper cause we could fit everyone into one vehicle.

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  • Queenstown Transport

    Being a local from Queenstown, I can say first off that it is an expensive place to live, not just to visit. The local population is about 40% British who now live there permanently, most of the rest are travelers. There are few actual locals who were born/raised there as it is such an expensive place. The lest expensive mode of transport is the...

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Queenstown Shopping

  • Perfectly Chic Children's Fashion

    Rockies is a children's boutique where children can channel their personalities and individuality through illustrious and niche fashion labels. They are unique in their selection of brands and styles and a customer never leaves disappointed!The service the Rockies team give is unparalleled; friendly and knowledgeable, they stay with you from start...

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  • You can never have to many T-shirts

    Global Culture is a privately owned NZ company that has been in business for over 34 years. They sell a huge range of T-shirts reflecting NZ culture.Wherever I travel I'm always on the lookout for T-shirts reflecting the places that I have been.Here I found my favourite NZ T-shirt.

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  • Two Supermarkets, some few Dairies

    If you stay at a motel/backpackers and want to do self-catering, you do not have a big choice of supermarkets. There is a New World supermarket at the Remarkables Park in Frankton, between the town centre and the airport, so not at walking distance at all, rather a 10 minute drive. (There are also other shops, including a branch of The Warehouse.)...

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Queenstown Local Customs

  • KIWI'S

    Lake Wakatipu, and for a lovely walk we went. located right beside the water's edge when walking around the lakeside, we came across the giant Kiwi statue, ....the Kiwi is New Zealand's national bird.You may find a few other Kiwi statues on your journey around New Zealand!Good photo opportunity!

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  • Swedish Rounding

    Alot of businesses in Queenstown have moved to Swedish Rounding for the prices of most things. Essentially, what this means is that rather than stock 1-cent and 5-cent pieces which are small, and hard to keep track of, they will either round up or down based on the amount of an items final total. If your total ends in 0-5, you will be rounded down...

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  • Statue Errected to Honor Queenstown...

    A life sized statue of Queenstown Founder William Rees is situated on Steamers Wharf. Rees was a sheep farmer and the first European settler in Queenstown Bay.The statue was erected to honor him as the Founder of Queenstown and for being a humanitarian of fine character.

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Queenstown Warnings and Dangers

  • No Insurance on Skippers Canyon Road

    If you do not travel in your own vehicle and do not go there on an organised tour, you should not drive on the Skippers Canyon road. No insurance covers rental cars on this road, and if you have ever met oncoming traffic on this unsealed, narrow and twisting road with a vertical drop on one and a vertical rock wall on the other side, you understand...

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  • The most violent Place in the Country

    You might have heard of dangerous suburbs in Auckland and Christchurch. But you will be surprised to learn that the place with the highest probability to get into trouble in New Zealand is affluent Queenstown. This is mainly thanks to the drinking culture and partying around the clock. The City Council are permanently discussing how to curb crime...

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  • Beware of Icy Roads in Winter

    It's very important that you respect the roads around Queenstown. Especially in Autumn, Winter and Spring. However even in summer it can be necessary. The main danger is not when there is a severe storm as that is normally obvious. But more the danger if Ice on the road hits you when least expected. Frosty conditions can hang around all day in dark...

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Queenstown Tourist Traps

  • One day tour Queenstown-Milford Sound

    Consider the following points if you are thinking to join the popular one day bus tour plus afternoon cruise to Milford Sound departing from Queenstown:1. The road trip is strenuous (12 hours, go and return). Just the section between Te Anau and Milford Sound is spectacular (if you can see the landscape…).2. The cruise is just a few hours long....

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  • ShotoverJet

    There are many companyes offering a jet ride, check carefully the prices and how long you'll be in the water! The ShotoverJet is the only company with a license to go through the canyons and it seems this is the reason why they overcharge you! 99$ for a 20min ride, although they say is 25 min. There are companies offering much longer trips and a...

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  • Another certificate

    As part of the deal when you pay for the bungu jump, you get a video of yourself (I think the language needs to be censored) and a T-shirt. I watch part of the video and change into the T-shirt before going back on the coach.

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Queenstown What to Pack

  • cross climate travel to the South Is in...

    Hi, you probably should take something that is properly warm such as a good fleece as they are light but provide warmth if the need arises...as getting into May is winter in the South Island and potential snow - but Queenstown and its surrounds is one of the most beautiful areas in NZ and any snow will just add to the beauty..as will any autumn...

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  • Keep your feet warm

    If you come in winter, thick woollen socks and water proof shoes/boots, if your feet get cold and wet, its time to go back to your room. You can also get great little heat packs that you can shake and slip into shoes, if you put them by your toes especially, your day will be so much more enjoyable. A good moisturiser and lip balm as it can be...

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  • What to Bring?

    We took backpacks although I have seen people with suitcases. It really does depend on what you are doing however if you are taking public transport at all or staying in a backpackers then a backpack is much more portable than a suitcase! Queenstown is a destination that is popular in summer and winter however you obviously need different gear...

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Queenstown Off The Beaten Path

  • Arrowtown

    Arrowtown is located approximately 21km from Queenstown, towards Cromwell and offers a place of relaxation and walking trails. Arrowtown started in the gold rush, with Chinese immigrants. The Chinese village remains are a popular free attraction (not many things are free in Queenstown). The local school children do a study on these each year....

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  • Milford Sound

    MIlford Sound is a must do while in NZ. It is very isolated, so I recommend doing the fly - cruise-fly option from downtown Queenstown. There are 3-4 companies who offer this. It is rather expensive, however does mean that there is not 10 hours wasted sitting on a bus. Also provides the opportunity for amazing photography from the plane. MIlford...

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  • Wanaka

    Wanaka is a small town situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and was originally settled during the gold rush excitement of the 19th century. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Parkand is a resort town for both summer and winter activities. It is about an hour's drive from Queenstown.

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Queenstown Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting

    For the last section through the tunnel, we overshoot the entrance, and have to rock climb back to a suitable spot. We almost end up going over a very evil rapid called The Mother-in-law. We make it the second time. Just as well, as I don't fancy scrambling over the rocks again, dressed as the Michelin Man with slippery welly boots! The tunnel is...

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  • Bungy Jumping

    Bungy jump over the local rivers, and get the thrill of your life. There are a few sites around New Zealand where you can make a bungy jump. The first and original commercial site (started 1988) is right here near Queenstown at the Kawarau Bridge. This is also the base and home of AJHackett Bungy. You will find a very modern, well presented...

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  • Skiing, Partying and Winter Festival in...

    Queenstown does not hibernate during the freezing cold season. On the opposite. Although the only ever world cup races in alpine skiing held in New Zealand have taken place at Mt. Hutt near Methven (Christchurch) and more international ski stars have their training camps at Treble Cone near Wanaka, Queenstown surely is the country's wintersport...

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Queenstown Favorites

  • Lake Wakatipu

    Lake Wakatipu is the South Island’s second largest lake after Lake Te Anau. It is Z-shaped, has a total length of 77 kilometres, and covers 293 square kilometres. It is surrounded by steeply rising mountains. Ice-age glaciers carved it out. The deepest point is 378 metres. The lake has a natural rock dam, lying at Kingston at the southern end of...

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  • Jetboat Rides

    Although a little "touristy", I think most visitors to Queenstown should try out one of their famous Jetboat rides, because it offers its passengers a safe way to enjoy the sights offered by the various rivers in Queenstown, while still getting your adrenalin going. It was especially fun when your guide do a sudden "Hamilton Maneuver" when you...

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  • unforgettable trip

    I have just returned from New Zealand. I hired GINZ.COM, Michael Ness ( michael@guestnz.co.nz).Recommended for NZ official web page. Excellent trip and service . I saved a lot of money. Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown and more. Beautiful city with the lake , mountains and alpine landscape.

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Top 5 Skiiing Destinations: Queenstown

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These are the top 10 destinations for skiers and non-skiers, but we didn't say right now must be the time to ski them! While you'll have to wait about 6 or 7 months to hit the slopes, multiple VirtualTourist members report that Queenstown, New Zealand is a great spot for skiing, as well as a variety of other adrenaline sports. Once a tiny gold-mining settlement, this town has evolved to become a world-class sport mecca. As long as visitors aren't afraid of heights, you'll have plenty of activities to keep you busy outside skiing and snow sports. After taking the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak, you can luge down concrete tracks, hike the mountain-top trails, or jump from the Ledge Urban Bungy, which has a ‘runway' so you can gain a bit of speed as well as a unique harness that allows jumpers to do flips, twists, and other such stunts. Queenstown is also home to another famous bungy jump, the Nevis Highwire Bungy. The Nevis drops 134 meters (440 feet) straight into a riverbed, so it's not for the faint of heart. In addition to getting your heart pumping, Queenstown is home to Lake Wakatipu, where visitors can go boating or simply enjoy a picnic.

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Kiwi & Birdlife Park.
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Lake Wakatipu
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TSS Earnslaw
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The Remarkables
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Milford Sound
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Skyline Luge
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Kawarau River
Off The Beaten Path
Visit the Bungy Centre even if you don't jump.
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Glaciers
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The height, the view
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Good family fun
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Thrill seeking!
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A sense of beauty and nature
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Amazing sense of relaxation amongst the Thrills
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Jet Boat Adventure
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A Popular Kiwi Pub
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Load your Adrenaline
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Sit and watch the world go by
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Two Ways to Get around in Queenstown by Bus
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Nice place for a coffee
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Captains for Seafood
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A great Pub meal
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Skippers Lookout
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Skippers Canyon
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Drive to Glenorchy
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Glenorchy
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Reflections on Hall Arm - Doubtful Sound
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Queenstown Mall
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Celebration of flight
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Ballooning over Queenstown
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Ballooning - Get ready!
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Shotover Jet
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Wanaka
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Lake Hayes
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Coronet Peak
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Wildlife of Doubtful Sound
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Autmn shades of Arrowtown
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Arrowtown
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Doubtful Sound
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The Remarkable Remarkables
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