Tour Queenstown Gardens

Take a Self Guided Queenstown Gardens Tour The Queenstown Gardens are on the lakefront, a short walk from central Queenstown. They’re a popular place for both locals and tourists from the hotels nearby to relax. The views of Lake Wakatipu are stunning. There’s a path that follows the lakefront around the gardens, which every visitor… Continue reading Tour Queenstown Gardens

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will open for business in Q1 2022. This will be the nicest hotel near Queenstown Airport when it opens. It’s big too, offering 182 rooms including 6 suites. While a standard King room is under $200 a night the suites are targeted at a the upper end of the market and are well over $400 per night.

Skyline Gondola

Regardless of your age or propensity for adventure, you have to go up the Skyline Gondola when you visit Queenstown. It’s a little terrifying if you don’t have a head for heights, but it’s totally worth it when you get to the top. The views are simply stunning. Pretty much every iconic photo of Queenstown you’ve ever seen was taken from the observation deck at the top of the gondola.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road is the older of the two Holiday Inns in Queenstown. It’s an average 4-star hotel aimed squarely at families. And it’s great for a family holiday – everything here is family friendly from the rooms to the restaurant and everything in between. Located in Frankton Road a 10 minute drive from the centre of Queenstown. It’s also a popular conference venue.

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is an older 4-star hotel in Queenstown near the CBD. It’s a 15 minute walk to Fergburger. The views from this romantic Hotel are simply stunning. Both from the restaurant and from the lakeview rooms. Stay here if you’re looking for a 5 star view on a 4 star budget.

New Hotels Under Construction in Queenstown

Despite Covid, there’s a hotel building boom underway in New Zealand at the moment, and Queenstown is second only to Auckland regarding the number of hotel rooms under construction. Quest Queenstown is scheduled to open in Q4 2021 and will bring some much-needed competition to the Airport/Remarkables Park area. Wyndham currently dominates with its three… Continue reading New Hotels Under Construction in Queenstown

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Mi-pad Smart Hotel

Mi-pad Smart hotel is indeed smart; it makes the most of its small footprint and location. You could say it’s the perfect hotel for couples on a budget. It’s nicely furnished with some great shared spaces, like the fantastic rooftop terrace with stunning views, the dining area, and the lounge. Of course, this isn’t the place for your wedding night, but it’s well priced and is suitable for a romantic couples getaway, especially for younger couples who can’t afford Blanket Bay or even the Hilton.

Cardrona Hotel

Like something straight out of a beer commercial, this postcard-perfect historic pub hotel is an icon of the Queenstown region. As much a pub and restaurant as it is accommodation, the food and atmosphere in the bar are excellent. And the accommodations pretty decent for a 3-star country hotel too. So don’t just stop to take a photo of this iconic Hotel. Stay a night or two and experience its charms.

New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans Hotel is a genuine country pub hotel. Built in 1866 it got the kind of history you can only earn. Don’t worry they gave the place a bit of a spruce up in 2019 so the rooms don’t look like they are for gold miners anymore. The food and the pub are great by any measure. The hotel is a great price.

Shotover Lodge

Shotover Lodge is really cheap (for Queenstown) and not at all unpleasant. Located in Arthurs Point just over the road from Nugget Point this 3-star hotel is popular with younger folks on a tight budget. It’s a 10 minute drive to the center of Queenstown. And it’s on the way to Coronet Peak so perfect for a ski holiday.

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Skippers Canyon Jet

Skippers Canyon Jet is the most extreme Jet Boat ride on offer in Queenstown. Even the bus ride into the canyon is terrifying. Like Shotover Canyon but narrower, and harder to get to to. This is a true adventure and not for the faint of heart. Or those who are scared of heights. The boat reaches speeds of 80 kph which doesn’t sound much until you see how narrow it gets.

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort

The 4-star Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort is a large apartment style hotel on the lakeside. The location offers stunning views, of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains beyond. The hotel offers regular free shuttles into town, or it’s a 30 minute walk. It’s a slightly older 4 star so keep your expectations in check.

Snow Farm

55 kms of Trails – 3 Backcountry Huts – Snowshoeing – Cross Country Skiing – Dog Sledding

Go Orange

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Go Orange operates from the Steamer wharf in Queenstown so no need to bus anywhere. It’s just straight into the boat and away. Go Orange Jet Boating Experiences come in 25 minute or 60 minute. If you can go the 60 minutes as you have more time for the fun stuff. With boats leaving every 1/2 hour you’ll find a way to fit this into your day.

Jet Boating

Jet Boating is a must do activity when visiting Queenstown. It’s absolutely thrilling, and suitable for almost anyone to enjoy. So find the right operator and book a ride for you and your family. It’s a great way to see the lakes and rivers, a fun way to transport yourself around AND/OR a terrifying thrill ride.

KJet

KJet is the original jet boat experience in Queenstown. They’ve been offer commercial Jet Boat rides since 1958. KJet operate a fleet of 8 Jet Boats so are able to offer private charters, and even Airport transfers, as well as offering regular thrill rides from their Queenstown base.

Shotover Jet

The Shotover Jet is one of the oldest and best jet boat experiences in Queenstown. They’ve been terrifying tourists since 1965. Offering exhilarating rides through the Shotover Canyon reaching speeds of over 85 kph. Shotover Jet is the only operator with access to the Shotover Canyon.

Soho Basin

500m Vertical Fall – 730 hectares – 1 Luxury Snowcat

Skiing & Snowboarding

Queenstown is the best place in the Southern Hemisphere to go skiing. For visitors from the northern hemisphere – ski season in Queenstown runs from June to October. It’s winter down here when it’s summer in the northern hemisphere. Queenstown is a proper mountain town in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. There’s 4 large commercial Ski… Continue reading Skiing & Snowboarding

Treble Cone

700m Vertical Drop
2 Chair Lifts
1 Platter Lift
1 Conveyor Lifts
550 Hectares

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Cardrona

600m Vertical Drop
1 Gondola
4 Chair Lifts
1 Platter Lift
3 Conveyor Lifts
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The Remarkables

468m Vertical Drop
4 Chair Lifts
4 Conveyor Lifts
385 Hectares

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