ABOUT QUEENSTOWN >>
Rugged mountains, crystal clear lakes and blue skies are the perfect backdrop for a whole range of adventures. From jet boating, riding the gondola and bungy jumping, to exploring the lakeside tracks on foot or bikes, Queenstown has it all. It’s also a great region to enjoy award wining restaurants, wineries and live entertainment.
Spring - 1st September to 30 November. Spring temperatures span 8°C to 22°C. The colours, sights, scents and sounds of Queenstown reawaken the senses as winter sheds its cloak to reveal warmer weather and longer days.
Summer - 1st December to 28th February. Summer daytime temperatures hover between 20° - 30°C. The 45° south latitude means summer days are long, midsummer dawn is as early as 5am and dusk doesn't settle until around 10pm - leaving plenty of day light hours to explore, or unwind.
Autumn - 1st March to 31st May. The temperature is still warm enough for most summer activites and it fluctuates between several degrees below zero and 25°C. Clear weather and amazing light compliment cooling evenings, creating a perfect environment to sit back and relax.
Winter - 1 June to 31 August. Winter temperatures seldom reach more than 7°C or 8°C and can fall well below 0°C. The Ski season opens in June and Skiers, snowboarders and alpine lovers from all over the world are drawn to the region's six international standard ski areas.
THINGS TO DO >>
Skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating, canyon swinging, whitewater rafting, parapenting, heli-skiing...
Home to the world's first commercial jet boating, bungy jump and river surfing, there's something in the air. Queenstown's reputation as the world's favourite adrenaline destination is well deserved.
From the mild to the wild you'll find your adventure threshold here. The expansive natural physical environment offers superb air, water and land based activities. Go walking, sailing, hiking, climbing, fishing, cycling, golfing, off-roading, skiing or mountain biking. Go on, challenge yourself...
Big brand high street shops share the sidewalks with locally run boutiques in Queenstown's compact shopping area where you’ll find international labels alongside the best in New Zealand designs. Shops are open all day and much of the evening, 365 days of the year.
Getting around the downtown area is best by foot - many shops are in pedestrian areas or hidden away down narrow lanes - and, as you explore, breathtaking views are never more than a few paces away providing a constant aesthetic and emotional stimulus.
DINING OUT >>
Many nationalities, cultures and influences cook up truly tantalising menu options that suit every taste and budget - be it a mouth-watering gourmet burger enjoyed by the lakeside or the indulgence of a delectable degustation menu in a discreetly hidden away intimate venue. There are more than 150 great eateries to choose from.
Coffee culture flourishes in downtown and lakeside areas. In the warmer months the streets buzz with al fresco diners basking in late sunsets, drinking locally crafted, award-winning beers and wine and in winter, with hearty fare in front of roaring fireplaces.
Fine dining, hearty winter meals, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Turkish, pizzas, pub meals, seafood salads, modern Pacific cuisine, noodle houses, sushi, home baked cakes and pastries and local delicacies are consumed in Queenstown's centre by locals and visitors alike. The main dining precinct runs from Steamer Wharf up Beach Street, splitting into Shotover and Church Streets and includes all the malls and alleyways in between. The gondola can transport you to a dining room with an awesome view of the Wakatipu basin.
NIGHTLIFE / PARTYING >>
Queenstown rarely sleeps. Sophisticated wine bars, live jazz, top DJ’s, long summer nights in a garden bar serving locally brewed beer or après ski in front of a roaring log fire, there’s more than 160 licensed bars and cafés in downtown Queenstown and the socialite is spoilt for choice all year round, any night of the week
For more information about Queenstown and the surrounding area please visit The Official Queenstown Tourism Website