Where the lake finds the mountain
and you find your new home
Sitting right on the shores of pristine Lake Wakatipu and nestled between some of the country’s best ski fields, the resort town is a year-round global hub for adventure tourism, nature and wildlife, biking, hiking, golf and sightseeing.
Some of the best winegrowing regions in the world are here, as are world-class hospitality and retail offerings.
Catering for luxury travellers, backpackers and all those in-between, Queenstown’s a cosmopolitan melting pot.
A gateway to a lifestyle that’s the envy of the world, Queenstown is the destination of choice for those choosing to live permanently in this stunning alpine environment.
Tee off at one of Queenstown’s six golf courses, many regarded as amongst the best in Australasia. Breathtaking fairways and pristine groomed courses are all within a 25-minute drive of the town centre. Clubs feature world-class hospitality and stunning mountain and lakeside scenery, including Millbrook, The Hills and Jacks Point 18-hole championship courses, home to the NZ Open.
Renowned as the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown is the home of thrills and spills, crags and canyons, a beautiful nature playground. The region pioneered bungy jumping and commercial jet boating and now it’s thrill-seeking opportunities include everything from whitewater rafting to river surfing, skydiving, hang gliding and canyon swings. But it’s not all thrills, spills and adrenalin junkies.
Some of the world’s best ski fields are right here. The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Treble Cone are all large,modern commercial ski fields catering for all experience levels with very different terrain. Facilities include dining, hospitality, ski schools, child care, night skiing and on-mountain bars. Cross country skiers head to the Snow Farm, and the heli-skiing is outstanding.
There’s nothing like seeing this stunning landscape from the air, by small plane, helicopter or even a hot air balloon. Perspective is everything when you can clearly see the Southern Alps stretching the length of the South Island, fly over Milford Sound and comprehend the grandeur of lakes, glaciers and tumbling waterfalls from above. Experienced and knowledgeable pilots love to show you their world.
The legendary TSS Earnslaw, known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’ is 108 years old and still plying the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu. Take a leisurely cruise on her to Walter Peak, or travel by catamaran to Mt Nicholas Station for iconic farm experiences. Jetboats offer scenic lake and river trips. Further afield, cruises in Milford or Doubtful Sounds are a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
The Queenstown Trails Trust has created a 130km long world-class trail network for bikers and hikers, with trail access starting just metres from Homestead Bay. Trails run to wine country in Gibbston Valley, out to Arrowtown, through the Wakatipu Basin and into Queenstown. Other trails follow gold rush seekers, or where international movies were filmed. A downhill bike park is not for the fainthearted.
FINE DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Queenstown’s a cosmopolitan town with globally-recognised hospitality, nightlife and retail offerings. From award-winning restaurants to delicious street food, bustling bars, clubs and pubs, when the sun sets Queenstown comes to life. Arrowtown is gaining a reputation for superb cafes and restaurants, and cellar doors at some of the best winegrowing regions in the world are a mecca for wine lovers.
No matter the season or where the stage is set, there’s always an event on Queenstown’s calendar, from open-air summer concerts with international acts attracting thousands of guests to intimate music gatherings in pubs or clubs. Music, food, sports and the outdoors are celebrated throughout the year, from the Queenstown Winter Festival to light festival LUMA, the iconic JazzFest, Winter Games and the Queenstown Marathon.
Queenstown is the largest town in the Queenstown-Lakes district and a vital hub for many local and international businesses. From large commercial space both downtown and in outlying commercial developments, to intimate, modern and creative shared workspaces, Queenstown has everything any business would need, including national and international connectivity through Queenstown Airport.