Things to do in Queenstown

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Things to Do in Queenstown


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Top Attractions in Queenstown

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What travellers are saying

  • maryan5456
    Sydney, Australia160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queenstown gardens are stunning in Autumn and easily accessible, such a pleasant day to be had spending some time walking in this wonderful venue! Well worth a visit, and at no cost.
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    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Aruna Gunawardena
    Colombo, Sri Lanka4,085 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful lake. Surrounded by hotels, motels & restaurants. Boat rides, Speed boat rides & of course for swimming if the water is not so cold
    Written March 11, 2024
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  • TheGoodPlace19
    Camberwell, Australia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a great time at the Kiwi Park! I spent three hours there and attended the Kiwi encounter and conservation show, which were both very engaging and educational. The staff were so kind and welcoming, they were all willing to chat and offer more information. I also learned a lot that I didn’t already know about bees and New Zealand honey which was an added positive. The only downside (which isn’t the fault of the staff or park) is that several other visitors ignored the rules and took flash photography of the Kiwis which was really disappointing - please don’t do that if you visit! I’d gladly come back and bring more people with me, a highlight of my trip to Queenstown for sure.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • willjc95
    Stourbridge, UK507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The walk isn’t far from the town. We were lucky to get parked right at the bottom of the footpath. It took us around 1.5 hours to walk up to the top. Once we’d walked through the trees the views were brilliant. When you reach the top you can see right over the lake and down to the airport. Watching the planes taking off was very neat, you can see down to the runway and follow them climbing up and over the lake.
    Written March 10, 2024
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  • jjo
    Chicago840 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a challenging but wonderful hike. It's not a terribly long trail, but there is a lot of uphill hiking, some of it steep. The views at the top, however, are spectacular. If you're worried about whether you can handle it, the good news is that you can do a moderate part of the hike to the saddle area where you get excellent views. From the saddle you can clearly see the remaining uphill and make a decision about what you want to do.
    Also, we rode the gondola up, which cuts off about 1,000 fees of uphill. The part of the trail you miss is just a trail through the woods. So, unless you want to prove how tough you are, or need to save the cost of the gondola, by all means take the gondola and start hiking the trail from there.
    Written March 20, 2024
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  • TMM818
    Bunbury, Australia826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot better venue and a shorter bus trip for those who are new to the skiing world. The beginners area looked a lot more inviting but i spend the morning chatting going up to the look out in the viewing platform from the gondola while my partner went off for a snowboard
    Written December 28, 2023
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  • world traveler
    Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing experience and very informative. Learnt so much about Queenstown and it’s amazing natural history. Watching the fish in the lake from under the water was a highlight
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • Steve B
    Gold Coast, Australia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was blessed with great weather & little to no wind & the reflections on the lake were beautiful. It’s just a short drive from Queenstown & honestly early is best. It’s a nice drive up but the last km or so is unsealed but no issue for any car. There’s a walking track around the whole lake that they say takes about 2.5 hrs but I didn’t bother as the sun was behind me for morning photos which is exactly what I wanted. There was also a trip from town that allowed you to go canoeing or another one does fishing which looked good. All in all it’s a must see.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Laura
    Miami Beach, FL193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a rainy day in Queenstown. This outdoor mall has lovely shops to check out. For the restaurants, most have lunch that ends at 2:30 p.m., and they do not reopen until 5 p.m.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Wendy F
    Western Australia, Australia1,026 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove up to the Remarkable from our accommodation in Queenstown, the fee to get throught the gates of the national park Was $15NZ. The drive was steep, narrow and windy but 95% was sealed and safe. At the top you will fing the snow field chairlift and ski centre. It snow when we were there so a little addrd bonus. Rug up it was really old and windy at the to. Plenty of spots to stop on the way for photos etc.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Go63498193537
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good. Was good pre-Covid, then felt sorry for owner because couldn’t get chefs post-Covid. Now have chefs, and it’s better than pre-Covid. All is forgiven. Cabinet food and à-la-carte menu very good. Chef personally delivered our meals to our table, explained them, and seemed genuinely keen that we were happy (which we were). Good and friendly service from all staff.
    I will eat here regularly.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Greenynz
    Whitianga, New Zealand13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Again thank you very much for the amazing service I highly recommend anyone going to Queenstown make it your one stop shop Tahuna Queenstown I site Special thanks to Christine yet and Sandy
    Written March 20, 2024
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