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Queenstown Gardens is a famous attraction located in Queenstown, New Zealand. It is a Botanical Garden renowned for its wide variety of plant species. The garden facilities, events, celebrations, and also draw a considerable number of visitors every year. Tourists who are searching for a place where they can participate in a number of sports and rejuvenating activities and also find an equal amount of serenity, this is the place to be.

Moreover, nature lovers and botany enthusiasts often visit the Queenstown Garden to study the range of native plants and trees. Some of these trees are new, some, ages old. The landscape has trees in a range of sizes.

The heritage trees, as they are often called, form a protective forest that occupies most of the large area that the Botanical Garden expands over. It is, thus, an attraction that many choose to visit when they want to escape their stressful lives and be closer to nature.

 


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Sports- Queenstown Gardens has facilities for sports like Skateboarding, Lawn Tennis, Skating, BMX Biking, Disc Golf and Ice Hockey. Each sport has its own dedicated club that frequent visitors can be a part of. There are separate clubs for juniors as well. Parents need to register their children and they can also get involved if required. Memberships are taken between 1st October and 30th September and between 1st March and 30th September only.

Events- The attraction also arranges several sports events like workshops, sports sessions, tournaments etc. Fundraising, entertainment events, art and light festivals are also held once in a while.

Queenstown Gardens sees a rise in the number of visitors to participate and enjoy their holidays especially during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Having said that, one does not necessarily have to be a member of a club to participate in an activity. The management has provisions for renting sports equipment too.

Walks- Other than making the most of these facilities provided by Queenstown Gardens, visitors can explore the beautifully landscaped attraction and enjoy the tranquil ambience. They can walk through the lush green lawns, over well-paved pathways and study the mix of native heritage and non-native plants and trees in the premises. People can also explore the dense forest that is formed by a mix of trees like Black Oak, Grand Fir, Red Oak, Monkey Puzzle, Algerian Fir, Wellingtonia and Western Hemlock. 

Rose Garden and Pond- A beautiful pond and a rose garden also exist in the Botanical Gardens. Visitors can find a seat and enjoy the scenic beauty on the banks of the waterbody. The clean and pleasant environment of Queenstown Gardens is also considered a great place to have a picnic with the family.

There are restaurants and eateries around too but if one wants to, they may pack a snack. In case exploring the Garden on foot sounds too cumbersome, visitors may choose to rent a Segway which is charged on an hourly basis.

Best Time to Visit

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  • The best time to visit Queenstown Gardens in New Zealand is during the summer season which begins in the month of December and lasts till February every year. The temperature ranges between a maximum of 29ᵒC and a minimum of 2ᵒC.
  • Some may, however, also choose to visit during the spring season (between September and November) when the weather is considerably warm (between 23ᵒC and -2ᵒC) for outdoor activities but is a tad bit colder than the summers. During these months, the rates also go down.
  • So, tourists seeking for a good time to visit Queenstown Gardens on a smaller budget can think about travelling to the city during the spring season.

How To Reach Queenstown Gardens

  • Queenstown Gardens is located near the Clocktower Building on Corner Camp and Shotover Streets, in Queenstown, New Zealand. Public Transport is the best mode of transport to commute to the attraction within the city.
  • The city has four bus routes operated by “Orbus” under the Otago Regional Council. Several adjoining areas like Frankton, Kelvin Heights, Arthurs Point, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes and Fernhill are well-connected by this bus service.
  • Tourists can also avail the local taxi services to reach Queenstown Gardens.
  • There is no railhead in Queenstown, therefore, the airways and the roadways are the only options available to reach Queenstown from neighbouring cities.
  • Queenstown Airport is located 7.3 kilometres away from Queenstown Gardens. From the airport, the attraction can be accessed via Sir Henry Wigley Drive – Airport Road – SH 6/ Kawarau Road – Frankton Road/ SH 6A – Park Street.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to reach the garden in a cab, during a less/ no traffic situation.

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