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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.

at a glance

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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stories

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events

Sub Focus, Dimension | Queenstown
Sub Focus, Dimension | Queenstown

When: Dec 28, 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert
Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert

When: Jan 23, 09:45 AM to 06:15 PM
Where: 1820 State Highway 6, Queenstown
Venue: Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown

Lakes Theatre Arts Showcase 2020 - Red Riding Hood
Lakes Theatre Arts Showcase 2020 - Red Riding Hood

When: Dec 6, 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown Memorial Centre, Queenstown

Barmuda pres... Soul Mates NYE
Barmuda pres... Soul Mates NYE

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 09:00 PM to 04:00 AM
Where: Searle Lane, Queenstown, Queenstown
Venue: Barmuda, Queenstown

The Wiggles - We’re All Fruit Salad!
The Wiggles - We’re All Fruit Salad!

When: Mar 22, 10:00 AM to 01:55 PM
Where: Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

Crowded House - To The Island Tour
Crowded House - To The Island Tour

When: Mar 13, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1820 State Highway 6, Queenstown
Venue: Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown

Remarkably Funny presents: Queenstown open mic comedy
Remarkably Funny presents: Queenstown open mic comedy

When: Jun 30 to Dec 15, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 14 Church St, Queenstown
Venue: Yonder, Queenstown

New Year's Eve Dining Boardwalk Queenstown
New Year's Eve Dining Boardwalk Queenstown

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 06:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Level 1, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach St, Queenstown
Venue: Boardwalk Queenstown, Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw NYE Cruise 2020
TSS Earnslaw NYE Cruise 2020

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 10:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Venue: TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown

Opera in The Garden
Opera in The Garden

When: Feb 21, 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 43 Birchwood Road (Off Domain Road), Dalefield , Queenstown
Venue: Birchwood Garden, Queenstown

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