Queenstown Travel Guide & Information

Queenstown, set in the heart of New Zealand's southern Alpine region in a picturesque location, it is the country's major vacation destination with thousands of travelers all year round. The city has quickly become a coveted destination in the leisure tourism circuit. Travelers will find hundreds of adventure sports ranging, from helicopter skiing, to caving, gardens, hiking opportunities and so much more, throughout Queenstown.

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Travel to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World", which has a reputation as one of New Zealand's best locations for wine and cuisine. Book flights to Queenstown to enjoy the rugged mountains, majestic lakes & crystal clear air. Sophisticated wine bars, live jazz, DJ’s and long summer nights in a garden bar make Queenstown even more attractive.

Renowned shops paired with local boutiques line the sidewalks in Queenstown, a compact shopping area with international labels alongside the best in local New Zealand designers. With so much to offer, shopping, adventure, nightlife, museums, gardens and more, Queenstown is sure to satisfy a traveler’s appetite for leisure or adventure.

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Things to do in Queenstown

Museums:

Queenstown has several museums with collections on various topics, ranging from history to vehicles and more.

Lakes District Museum: The museum is set in the historic village of Arrowtown, and offers fascinating insight into the history of New Zealand's Southern Lakes District. Today, the museum welcomes 50,000 visitors who enjoy the hands-on exhibits, special exhibitions, research facilities, educational programs, and a retail store for souvenirs.

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Queenstown Motor Museum: Conveniently located in the northwest part of town, near the lower station of the Skyline Gondola. Although exhibits periodically change, exhibits always include veteran and vintage cars and motorcycles, as well as post-vintage and post-World War II models and aero engines. Some of the many makes on display are, the Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati, Mercedes and many other European specialty cars.

Must See:

Queenstown is home to a lot of varied attractions further validating its claim as a world class destination.

The Remarkables: The Remarkables are a mountain range and ski field in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were allegedly named The Remarkables because they are one of only two mountain ranges in the world, which run directly north to south. However, locals say it’s due to the impressive scenery. The Remarkables are one of the most popular attractions in Queenstown. During the winter months, The Remarkables ski terrain is well known for skiing and other winter activities.

Skyline Gondola: Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak. The gondola allows visitors see above the town with incredible views of Queenstown, the lake and of the Remarkables Range.

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Where to Stay in Queenstown:

With world-class adventure, Queenstown has been coined the “Adventure Capital of the World”, offers equally appealing hotels, ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hotel resorts, hotel spas, youth hostels and quaint Inns.

Wanaka: Wanaka is a perfect choice for those who are looking for a calm and relaxing vacation away from central Queenstown. Wanaka is primarily a resort town and is based around the many outdoor opportunities. Located an hour's drive from Queenstown, you’ll find a wealth of spas and resorts in Wanaka. Wanaka boasts a growing number of excellent restaurants, cafes and some great hostels for backpackers and cheap hotels for budget travelers.

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Central Queenstown: Due to the popularity of Queenstown, the area has an impressive number of backpacker hostels and hotels. Budget travelers will find a slew of quality motels located throughout central Queenstown. Besides motels and extended stay apartments, the area also offers luxury, brand hotels, like Sofitel and others. Central Queenstown has numerous options for shopping, dining, nightlife and other activities.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available for Queenstown, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* U.S. citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.

* Visit the Embassy of New Zealand for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit New Zealand.

* The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a return or onward airline ticket, a visa for the next destination, and proof of sufficient funds.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Queenstown

Queenstown is an amazing place to visit all year round, depending on what you’re looking to do.

During the summer months, you’ll find many activities, except skiing. During the winter, you’ll find lots of skiers and snowboarders. Budget travelers might want to travel during the summer months because flights to Queenstown are cheaper and you’ll find more hotel deals.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June to September)

Low season: (December to February)

Queenstown Weather

Queenstown has an alpine climate with winters boasting clear blue skies and snow capped mountains.

* Queenstown is well known for its four seasons, each providing a unique landscape. Summer has long warm days.

* Blue skies, white slopes and spectacular views are hallmarks of Queenstown winters.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Queenstown. However, before departure, contact your bank and let them know your dates of travel. Also, be sure to find out what the cost will be for cash withdraws.

Languages:

* English is spoken throughout New Zealand. Maori is another official language of Queenstown and New Zealand.