Located in the south west of the South Island, Queenstown is a quirky resort town that has plenty to offer its visitors. This scenic resort town boasts outstanding scenery including the stunning Lake Wakatipu and Southern Alps. The town offers a whole range of attractions throughout the year, especially for people who have a sense of adventure. Of course, there are also hiking, mountain biking and walking opportunities available for those who don’t go for adrenaline-pumping activities. Serene walking by the lakeside, shopping and a relaxing session in the spa are all options for those seeking ways to relax and unwind. During peak seasons, Queenstown boasts a party atmosphere with a vibrant nightlife, plus plenty of delights for foodies.
A 4x4 would be excellent for negotiating dirt tracks and mountainous roads. It would be just as useful for keeping all your kit in the boot, especially objects like rock-climbing gear.
Driving in Queenstown
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Important things to note
The primary access road to Queenstown is the State Highway 6.
Roads to Queenstown are well signposted and the town is easy to navigate around.
Main roads are in good condition, however some roads in more rural areas are unsealed or gravel roads. It’s recommended to slow down and allow for extra time on your journeys.
In some areas, you might come across sheep or cattle walking in the road. It’s advisable to slow down while passing farmers and their livestock.
Highlights & Hotspots
Take a trip on the Skyline Gondola to reach the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city, mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. The top of the peak has a café and restaurant which hosts excellent Maori culture shows.
Enjoy a walk around the stunning Lake Wakatipu where you’ll enjoy the gorgeous scenery throughout the year. Many people choose to drive to Glenorchy – a fifty minute drive which is considered one of the most scenic in the world.
For those with an interest in the city’s culture and history should take a trip to Williams Cottage. Known as Queenstown’s oldest home, this stunning building has been maintained close to its original condition.
Outdoorsy types will love exploring the gorgeous scenery along the Queenstown Trail which has more than 60 miles of trails for cyclists, walkers and hikers. It’s popular with many people who come to this part of New Zealand for gap years.
Queenstown International Airport is located approximately five miles from the centre of Queenstown and is accessible via State Highway 6. The highway connects to the 5A, which goes into the town centre.
The airport serves domestic and international flights, both of which tend to be more frequent in the summer months (December to April).