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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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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

Fear Factory Halloween Spooktacular
Fear Factory Halloween Spooktacular

When: Oct 26 to Oct 31, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 52 Shotover St, Queenstown
Venue: Fear Factory, 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

Building Better - Queenstown
Building Better - Queenstown

When: Oct 31, 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
Venue: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown

An Evening with Nadia Lim
An Evening with Nadia Lim

When: Nov 5, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 49 Lake Avenue, Frankton, Queenstown
Venue: Remarkables Primary School, 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

The Great Big Queenstown Dog Walk
The Great Big Queenstown Dog Walk

When: Dec 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Queenstown Trail, Queenstown
Venue: Queenstown War Memorial , Queenstown

Making an Impact - One Day SDG Conference
Making an Impact - One Day SDG Conference

When: Nov 3, 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
Venue: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown

Queenstown Writers Festival: Emily Writes
Queenstown Writers Festival: Emily Writes

When: Nov 9, 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Venue: Sherwood, Queenstown

The Pig's Melbourne Cup
The Pig's Melbourne Cup

When: Nov 5, 12:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 41 Ballaratt Street, Queenstown
Venue: Pig and Whistle, Queenstown

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