Queenstown, New Zealand
For many years, people have been drawn to the beautiful lake and alpine areas around Queenstown, starting with early Maori who came in search of Pounamu (greenstone). European settlers followed, with sights set on fertile grazing land. They discovered a whole lot more when shining gold lit up the region’s waterways! A gold rush sprang up overnight in the 1860s, marking the start of an international fascination with the Queenstown region.
Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience the awe-inspiring scenery, to search for adventure, to seek out relaxation and rejuvenation or just to breathe the pure mountain air.
Adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have all been drawn to the magical region and its intense alpine energy.
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Things to see & do in Queenstown
Sightseeing & Land Tours
Queenstown sightseeing tours and excursions are an ideal way to see the region’s best features with like-minded travellers.
Let your knowledgeable guide inform and inspire as you drive, walk or taste your way around the Queenstown area. Choose your Queenstown sightseeing tour or land excursion from the selection below.
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Art, Culture & Heritage
Queenstown’s striking landscape and laidback lifestyle inspires many wonderful artists and craftspeople including photographers, film makers, musicians, jewellers and painters.
You can view and purchase local art and crafts at any of Queenstown’s galleries, studios or weekly craft markets. Alternatively, learn about the region's culture and heritage with a visit to a museum, or a stroll down the main street of historic Arrowtown. Browse the listings below to find a Queenstown art, culture or heritage experience of interest to you.
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Wine Tours & Experience
Queenstown and the wider region is a world class wine destination.
Known in particular for its Central Otago Pinot Noir, Queenstown, Gibbston Valley and the Central Otago Region which includes Cromwell Basin, Cromwell, Bannockburn and Alexandra, are home to over 75 wineries producing a wide range of wine varieties.Visit a wide variety of vineyards, do a wine tasting, and enjoy a glass of world renowned Central Otago Pinot Noir on a Queenstown has numerous downtown cafes and restaurants to enjoy a local vino. The selection of Queenstown winery restaurants also offers exceptional wine, food and views!
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Walking & Hiking
Queenstown is a walking and hiking paradise.
The region’s geography, flora and fauna are incredibly diverse and can be explored via a range of stunning hiking trails. A number of short scenic walks start right from Queenstown’s town centre whilst the iconic Fiordland and Mount Aspiring national parks are within easy reach and home to the Routeburn and Greenstone trails. Queenstown offers a wide range of walking tracks and trails for all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer a short local, day long or even a multi-day walking adventure, a guided hike or an independent walking trip, there is a Queenstown walking or hiking option for you below.
Looking for information about the various walking trails around the region? Visit the Department of Conservation website here.
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Gifts, Souvenirs & Crafts
Purchase all of your holiday souvenirs and gifts at Queenstown's array of gift shops, souvenir shops and craft shops.
Queenstown's gift and souvenir shops stock a wide range of local souvenirs as well as New Zealand gifts, souvenirs and crafts. Centrally located, Queenstown gift shops and souvenir shops are open throughout the day and often into the evening, to ensure you can purcahse all of your holiday memorabilia after a full day of exciting adventures! Browse Queenstown gift shops, souvenir shops and craft shops below.
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Bars & Restaurants
Delectable food and a great night out are always on the menu in Queenstown, New Zealand.
There are more than 150 restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from in the Queenstown region, as well as takeaway options, specialty food shops, wineries and markets selling local produce. Enjoy something different during your stay – no two meals will be the same but each as fresh and delicious. And after wining and dining, head out to experience Queenstown’s lively nightlife. No matter what day of the week, you'll find a fun atmosphere in bars and nightclubs and live music and DJs to entertain. Get your taste of Queenstown with the selection of bars, cafés and restaurants below.
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