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"Adventure Capital of New Zealand"

Queenstown Tourism

Queensland is a beautiful town on the Southern Island that is famous for being an adventurer's paradise! With a plethora of activities for the thrill seekers, coupled with some marvellous and picturesque attractions make Queenstown a memorable visit. It is home to some of the most popular ski resorts in New Zealand and hosts thousands of visitors every year for the same. 

With a backdrop of the southern alps and stunning Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a stunning destination. Queenstown might not be the most commercial and industrial city in New Zealand, but the activities here attract people worldwide. Apart from that, it is the place for the highest bungy jump in the country, the largest rope swing in the world, and other exhilarating activities such as sky diving, ziplining and numerous trekking trails through the nearby hills. Not just adventure, Queenstown will also bring you a one-on-one experience with one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Milford Sound. The city presents itself as one of the best options for a weekend getaway in New Zealand and makes a very strong case to be on your itinerary if you're visiting New Zealand on your next holiday.

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Must Know Before You Travel to Queenstown

1. The hotels in Queenstown can get booked out very easily during summer and also during the ski season as well. It is recommended to book hotel rooms well in advance before a trip.

2. While camping or using a campervan is allowed freely across most of New Zealand, Queenstown has strict rules prohibiting free camping or usage of the campervan in public spaces. 

3. Tourists can buy a Bee Card to use for paying while using the public transportation system. Bus fares are normally NZD 3 but paying via the Bee Card lessens the fare by NZD 1.

4. New Zealand follows the left-hand drive system. Tourists must learn the basic rules before renting a car.

5. Queenstown has a variety of tours and activities on offer. It is recommended that tickets or slots be booked well in advance to match the dates of your trip, as they can run out of slots quickly.

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Popular Neighbourhoods in Queenstown

1. Fernhill

Fernhill is ideal for those looking to go out and get their adrenaline pumping in Queenstown. With several hiking and cycling trails easily accessible, this part of the city is a great base for those looking for some adventure. There are many hotels in this area.

2. Queenstown Hill

Close to the centre of Queenstown, Queenstown Hill is popular for the iconic Time Walk Trail. This area is home to many prime residential properties, which are also available as rentals as well. Expect many holiday-goers to take up space here throughout the year, especially during the ski-season.

3. Shotover Country

One of the youngest suburbs of the town, Shotover Country is close to the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, offering a truly natural aesthetic and touristy appeal. The international airport is close by, and one can enjoy fantastic views of the Remarkables mountain range.

4. Frankton

Frankton is the hub of all shopping, dining and entertainment in Queenstown. The international airport is in this area, so it is a great place to stay for tourists who seek more ease than thrill. The hub of the public transport system in the town is also located here, making it easy to access the public buses.

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Nightlife in Queenstown

With its wide array of activities during the day and its chilled-out nightlife by night, your days in Queenstown will be complete. All of you hip hoppers head to Tardis to have a buzzing night, or head over for an all-night dance party to Boiler Room, usually open till 4 AM, or just head to Searle Lane, a spacious joint which hosts live shows as well as DJs to dance to.

Shopping in Queenstown

Queenstown has a decent variety of shopping options for a town of its size and population. Shopping for clothes, shoes, souvenirs, jewellery or accessories can all be done within the central business district of the city. The CBD is also home to many international and local brands.

Currency and Exchanging Money in Queenstown

  • The New Zealand Dollar is the only currency accepted in Queenstown.
  • All major visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards are accepted throughout.
  • Travel Money NZ and Travelex provide currency exchange services in Queenstown, along with a few other local booths as well.
  • Travelex even has an ATM through which you can withdraw cash, which will be automatically converted at a reasonable rate.

Travel Tips for Queenstown

  • Queenstown not being very populous or large, a majority of the population here is very friendly and outgoing. Don't be surprised if strangers greet you with a "Hello" on the streets.
  • The general behaviour of the locals is quite casual and welcoming.
  • It's customary in New Zealand however, that whenever you're invited to someone's house, you should carry a gift.
  • There are no fixed notions on clothing either. Just dress neatly and you're good to go.
  • Be careful not to litter, as the Kiwis take very good care of their localities.
  • It is not considered necessary to tip, however, as always, you can leave a tip if you were happy with the service you were provided.

History of Queenstown

Queenstown and it's surrounding region was initially discovered by the Maoris centuries ago. The European settlers came to the region in the mid 19th century, the first of them being William Gilbert Reese and his brother in law Nicholas von Tunzelmann. Most of the development of the region occurred during the gold rush which took place in the 1850s. Afterwards, the town slowly developed when people began noticing the potential in the region, such as slopes ideal for skiing and the fiordland which was nearby. As more and more people began visiting the city, the area in and around began developing and eventually became what we see today.

Language of Queenstown

The official language of Queenstown is English. It is spoken by mostly everybody in the city. About 2% of the population also speak French in the region.

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What are the things to do in Queenstown?

The top things to do in Queenstown are Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, AJ Hackett Bungy, Skippers Canyon, Milford Sound. You can see all the places to visit in Queenstown here

What are the places near Queenstown?

The top places near to Queenstown are Te anau which is 85 km from Queenstown, Invercargill which is located 155 km from Queenstown, Glenorchy which is located 29 km from Queenstown, Arrowtown which is located 16 km from Queenstown, Dunedin which is located 171 km from Queenstown

What are the top hotels in Queenstown?

There are 764 in Queenstown which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Queenstown are The Alpine Retreat, Point Vista - Queenstown Holiday House, Speargrass Rise, Shimmerlake by MajorDomo, Remarkable Scene, Wakatipu Central. You can see all the hotels in Queenstown here

How much does a package cost for Queenstown?

The packages for Queenstown start at INR 88840 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Queenstown?

Local food in Queenstown is of a wide variety. There are more than a 100 cafes and restaurants, as well as fast food joints. Visit Rata on Ballarat Street, with Michelin Star chef Josh Emmets in the kitchen. Fishbone, like the name suggests is the perfect destination for fresh and delicious sea food. La Rumbla on Buckingham Street will leave you smacking your lips with it's Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Strolling around town you will discover many quaint and cosy cafes as well, serving some brilliant local food.
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What is the best time to visit Queenstown?

Queenstown is fabulous throughout the year. This makes choosing an objective best time to visit fairly difficult, as different people have different requirements. Winters are a great time to visit Queenstown. This is due to many reasons, none more important than the fact that ski fields open during this period, which is usually the main reason people visit Queenstown. The town is bustling and fairly busy during the winters, and the end of June also sees the Queenstown Winter Festival being celebrated. Summers, on the other hand, are a busy time as well. Temperatures are warm and pleasant and everybody is out and about. You can go for treks, or relax at the shores of the Lake Wakatipu, or even take a swim! It is also a great time to stroll around and explore the town.
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Ken Chiramel

5 years ago
Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown has become a mecca for adventure sports enthusiasts from around the world. Dubbed ?The Adventure Capital of the World?, Queenstown is home to ma (Read More)ny forms of adventure sports. The Kawrau Gorge suspension bridge crosses the Kawrau river, and allows people to bungee jump from the bridge into the waters below. Sky-diving from a plane above the Lake Wakatipu is a breathtaking experience. Walks along the lakeshore also provides splendid views of the Southern Alps. The legendary Fergburger burger joint will satiate any thrill-seeker?s appetite. However, Queenstown is far more than an adrenaline-junkie?s paradise, and it?s many wineries and vineyards stand testament to that. Taking a wine tour of a vineyard allows visitors to experience the wine country of New Zealand and indulge in the acclaimed wines of the region.
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