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Queenstown - Adventure paradise in an idyllic alpine resort town

This beautiful alpine town has everything you need to do life at your own pace - bungy jumping, jet boating, and canyoning, or wine tasting, spas, and fine dining.

If adventure is your thing, you're in the right place. Try: bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, jetboating, hang-gliding, luging, horse riding, or canyoning, all in or around Queenstown.

In winter make the most of nearby Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Cardrona ski fields.

Tour the Central Otago region’s many award-winning wineries, or eat, drink and be merry at an awesome selection of restaurants and bars in town.

Bonus: Take a day trip from Queenstown to the magical Milford or Doubtful Sounds.

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Best known for

adrenaline rushes around every corner

Did you know:

Queenstown is home of the bungy jump!

Don't leave without

a spin on the Shotover Jet

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activities

events

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert: SOLD OUT
Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert: SOLD OUT

When: Jan 18, 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: 1820 State Highway 6, Queenstown
Venue: Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown

Fat Freddy's Drop
Fat Freddy's Drop

When: Feb 8, 03:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Joe O'connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
Venue: John Davies Oval – Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

King Beats Charity Festival 2020
King Beats Charity Festival 2020

When: Feb 1 to Feb 2, 01:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where: 87 state highway
Venue: Kingston Station, Queenstown

PRANZ 2020 Queenstown 4 Day Packrafting Meet
PRANZ 2020 Queenstown 4 Day Packrafting Meet

When: Feb 6, 01:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 4 Cemetery Road Queenstown, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown Lake View Holiday Park, Queenstown

Feast Of The East
Feast Of The East

When: Jan 10 to Feb 29, 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 38/54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
Venue: Bazaar Queenstown, Queenstown

Secret Garden Pop-Up
Secret Garden Pop-Up

When: Nov 8 to Feb 29, 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 93 Beach St, Queenstown
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown

The Queenstown Dog Walk
The Queenstown Dog Walk

When: Feb 16, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Queenstown Trail, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown War Memorial , Queenstown

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Jan 22 to Jan 26, 07:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where: Grant Road, State Highway 6, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown Shopping Centre - Next to Kmart, Queenstown

Amongst Mountains - Miki Brown EP Launch
Amongst Mountains - Miki Brown EP Launch

When: Jan 23, 09:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Venue: Sherwood, Queenstown

Ed Solo, Deekline & Benny Page
Ed Solo, Deekline & Benny Page

When: Jan 30 to Jan 31, 09:00 PM to 02:30 AM
Where: 12 Church Lane, Queenstown
Venue: The World Bar, Queenstown

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