Here are the top 41 tourist attractions to see in Queenstown:

1. Lake Wakatipu

4.2 /5

11 km
from city center
1 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Nestled amongst some of the most scenic vistas that New Zealand has to offer, Lake Wakatipu is one of the country’s most-visited tourist attractions. This lightning-shaped, inland lake carves through valleys made by glaciers from the surrounding mountains. Queenstown, dubbed ‘The Adventure Capital of the World’, sits on the bend of the lightning bolt. Jump onboard the iconic T.S.S Earnslaw or take the Queenstown Scenic Tour and bask in the beauty of this region.

2. The Remarkables

4.5 /5

19 km
from city center
2 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

A famous mountain range for skiing, the Remarkables is 45 minutes away from central Queenstown and is open from June to October. The stats for the official trail are 30% black, 40% intermediate and 30% beginner. Well suited for beginners and an easy terrain for the intermediates, it also has steep chutes and advanced slopes for expert skiers. It has a 357-meter vertical drop and a terrain spread across 220 hectares. North-facing sunny slopes, high altitude and the friendly atmosphere are its defining features.

3. Coronet Peak

3.8 /5

13 km
from city center
3 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Coronet Peak was New Zealand's first commercial ski field, and is another fantastic example of Queenstown's reputation as a great ski resort.

4. AJ Hackett Bungy

3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
4 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

AJ Hackett Bungy is an adventure sports organization that organizes bungee jumping and has set up several commercial bungee jumping sites across New Zealand. They have set the benchmark for adventure activities in New Zealand with over 30 years of experience. Although Bungy jumping is their primary activity offered, they specialize in 11 activities with 7 of them set up in Queenstown. They are the pioneers in commercializing bungee jumping as an adventure sport. They are one of the renowned groups in the adventure Bungy field as they have a 100% spotless safety record. They have made a grand space for themselves in the field by being creative in the activities they offer with a touch of the adrenaline rush.

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5. Skippers Canyon

3.7 /5

16 km
from city center
5 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Skippers canyon is a picturesque gorge, carved by the Shotover River. Exciting tours take you through the history of the canyons and the region!

6. Milford Sound

4.3 /5

74 km
from city center
6 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Situated towards the southwest of the south island of New Zealand, Milford Sound is a fiord belonging to the Fiordland National Park and is also common between the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site and Milford Marine reserve. It is one of the top tourist destinations of New Zealand. Despite what the name suggests, it is not a sound but is a fiord. The name was given with respect to its geographical features. Essentially, an ocean inlet bigger than a bay with majestic peaks is what constitutes Milford Sound. It is also known to be one of the wettest spots on the planet. During the period of September to December, the rainfall can reach as high up to 250 mm in a day. The scenic view presented at the fiord is so iconic that it seems like its fresh out of a movie.

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7. Skydiving

3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
7 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Queenstown is full of adventure activities, and none come even close to pump of diving through the sky!

8. Routeburn Track

3.6 /5

48 km
from city center
8 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Starting at the Queenstown side of the Southern Alps and ending at the Divide on the Te Anau side, The Routeburn Track is a trekking/tramping track running through New Zealand’s South Island. It is a very famous track among hikers and trekkers around the world and is 32 kms long. Along with popularity, the track is also recognized by National Geography, who has featured it as one of the top 11 trails in the world in 2005. The track runs through meadows, alpine gardens and reflective tarns making it the perfect alpine adventure. This track has been regarded as a Great Walk by the New Zealand’s department of conservation.

9. Skycity Wharf Casino

3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
9 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Skycity is the best way to relax after an adventurous day, have good food with drinks, and enjoy a good round of casino games.

10. Shotover River

10 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Situated in the Otago region of the South Island in New Zealand, Shotover River as the name suggests is a fast-flowing river with several rapids. Flowing for a length of 75 kms, the river originates from the Southern Alps and flows southwards through the Skippers Canyon, between the Richardson Mountains and the Harris Mountains and finally drains into Kawarau River which is east of Queenstown. Considered to be an ‘aquatic playground’ owing to its numerous rapids which make the river a hotbed for water sports like rafting, kayaking etc. the spot is also extremely scenic and attracts a major tourist influx even only for sightseeing.

11. Queenstown Hill

10,010 km
from city center
11 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Also known as Te Tapu-nui in the Maori (Eastern Polynesian language), Queenstown Hill is a small mountain near Queenstown in New Zealand. Standing at a height of 2976 ft. above the ground level, the mountain is a popular sightseeing spot and a tourist attraction in the region. The base of the hill, usually the lower elevation i.e. the areas in and around Frankton Road and Marina Heights, have residential households and setups while the middle elevation has dense vegetation of douglas fir and birch trees. The cliff of the mountain is mostly bare with grassy cover of tussock and native vegetation. Other than popular activities like trekking and hiking, the mountain offers enchanting panoramic vistas of the surroundings and valley below.

12. Mount Somers

9,869 km
from city center
12 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Tucked away at the foothills of the Southern Alps, exactly halfway between Christchurch and the Mackenzie Basin on the Inland Scenic Route 72, Mount Somers is an idyllic countryside town in Canterbury, New Zealand. Boasting of absolute tranquility, open sub-alpine tussock lands, historic coalmines, impressive volcanic formations, deep canyons and gorges, the town is home to a scanty population of just around 3000 people. However, owing to the natural beauty and the gorgeous setting, a number of holiday homes have sprung up in the destination as Mount Somers is lately gaining a lot of popularity among vacationers, nature lovers and solitude seekers.

13. Coronet Peak

13 km
from city center
13 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Coronet Peak is the closest mountain to the town of Queenstown, New Zealand, being just a 20-minute drive away. The peak is ski-wonderland with stunning high-points and amazing rolling trails luring in skiers and riders to have the best ski experience. It is home to various different terrains for skiing from challenging ski tracks for experts and professionals to novice areas for beginners to learn. What sets Coronet Peak apart from all the other ski mountains is that it offers night skiing. This means that Coronet Peak offers some of the longest numbers of hours open for skiing in New Zealand.

14. Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa

10,007 km
from city center
14 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

The Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa is a quaint facility that is known for its luxurious services and the breathtaking views offered from within the cedar-lined hot tubs. The facility is located on a cliffside that overlooks the Shotover River Canyon, offering the visitors a clear view of the alpine forests and the water-sports taking place on the Shotover River waters below. The pools are filled with the fresh water flowing from the nearby mountains and valleys, completing its quest towards a fully natural experience for the visitors.

15. Sky Diving in Queenstown

0 km
from city center
15 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown continues to live up to its reputation by offering some of the best nerve-wracking adventure experiences. With skydiving, as the most popular adrenaline-filled adventure activity in Queenstown, the city offers some of the best operators in town. Skydiving in Queenstown is a once in a life-time experience, bracketed in the most scenic views up above, adding to the action-packed freefall. The freefall truly is a life-changing experience, as mentioned by many adventure junkies. Weather is the main factor in sky diving which calls for a smartly planned itinerary. It is advised that you book your tandem skydiving on the initial days of your visit to Queenstown, in case of weather issues, you could always reschedule your booking or ask for a full refund.

16. Paragliding in Queenstown

16 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Queensland is a spectacular place to enjoy paragliding which is located on the shores of the South Island's lake. Paragliding is the best adventure activity one can experience while visiting Queensland and is also the most amusing amongst all aerial pursuits. Queenstown provides one of the most tranquil and scenic views from the top and is also known as the adventure capital of New Zealand

17. Lord of the Rings Tour

15,782 km
from city center
17 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Queenstown's stunning landscapes and jaw-dropping scenery hosts one of the most epic movies of all time- Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's book got a life when Queenstown dedicated one of the most beautiful areas to suit the entire script. The Lord of the Rings tour will take you through numerous chapters from the trilogy, and the ones who haven't watched the movie will witness a spectacular scenery of the Wakatipu Basin.

18. Mount Aspiring National Park

90 km
from city center
18 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

This place is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. Mt. Aspiring National Park is home to species of native birds, moths, butterflies, and other various species of wildlife.

19. White Water Rafting

13,228 km
from city center
19 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

White water rafting is a recreational water sport on an inflatable boat, usually carried out on high water currents and tides. Queenstown has got some of the best locations to experience the thrilling white water rafting, which also happens to be the best way to explore Queenstown's rivers.

20. Skyline Gondola

0 km
from city center
20 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola is an iconic way to explore the scenic surroundings of Queenstown, New Zealand. The Gondola Ride begins at Queenstown and goes over the picturesque natural landscapes and the cityscape before it ends at Bob’s Peak. The ride is also famous as the steepest cable car ride in the region. The Gondola can carry four people at a time and lifts them to an altitude of 450 metres above the town, from where one can get a stunning view of the surroundings.

21. Queenstown Gardens

1 km
from city center
21 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

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.

22. Skipper's Canyon

21 km
from city center
22 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Stretching out for over almost 23 kilometers, and some more to the north of Queenstown, Skippers Canyon is regarded to be a very central scenic location for vacationing around Queenstown. The famous canyon looks over the Shotover River, globally famous to be a rich mining center and a hub for adventure tourism. Standing over the edge of the canyon will give you goosebumps given how steep it could get at some points.

23. Queenstown Winter Festival

23 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

A small, secluded island in New Zealand, Queenstown is famous for its annual winter carnival, the Queenstown Winter Festival, and has been a prime tourist spot for party lovers from all around the world for several years now. The carnivalesque event was first conducted in 1974, with subsequent editions only growing larger than its predecessor. The festival usually happens in the month of June which is when winter sets in and blankets New Zealand.

24. Underwater Observatory

0 km
from city center
24 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Take a look at the various sea creatures without getting into the water at Underwater Observatory, Queenstown, New Zealand.

25. Jack's Point

8 km
from city center
25 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Jack’s Point is a lush 3000-acre luxury settlement located in one of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand - on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Snow-capped mountains form a beautiful backdrop to this settlement that is committed to the sustainability and preservation of the landscape.

26. Lake Hayes

12 km
from city center
26 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Located at a mere 15 minute drive from the city of Queenstown and Arrowtown, Lake Hayes is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It is one of the most picturesque lakes in all of New Zealand, and offers a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. The lake attracts a lot of runners, cyclists, and walkers who use the Lake Hayes Walkway to get some of the best views of the area – views which would not be accessible from a car. You could also spend some time here on a sunny afternoon, or have a picnic lunch here!

27. Queenstown Trail

14 km
from city center
27 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

There is nothing better than exploring the beautiful countryside of New Zealand on one of the world’s most beautiful and popular walking and cycling trails – the Queenstown Trail. This 130 kilometre long trail goes around in loops and connects the popular destinations of Queenstown, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Arrow River, and Gibbston.

28. Gibbston Valley Winery

23 km
from city center
28 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

One of the founding and most famous wineries of the Central Otago region of New Zealand, the Gibbston Valley Winery produces the most flavourful handmade wines. Also known as the “Valley of Wines”, this place is nestled between the beautiful, lush mountains and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir. It offers a variety of wine tours and tastings, which take you through the world’s largest wine cave and to the sprawling vineyards. You could also hire a bike from here and go around exploring the area, or just take a bike tour of the winery.

29. Hiking in Queenstown

1 km
from city center
29 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Hiking, a leisure activity or exercise, has now become a rapidly-growing industry. The art of taking long walks is no longer limited to short distances but has now developed into a prevalent recreational activity promoted at many hills and mountains. Hiking can be a great pass time as well as physical activity for those who want exercise along with enjoyment. 

30. Kiwi Birdlife Park

124 km
from city center
30 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

A trip to New Zealand would be incomplete without viewing its national bird, the kiwi. The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a not-for-profit conservation park which hosts over 20 species of local birds and reptiles. It takes special care to provide the birds the closest to a natural habitat possible, with keeping the nocturnal kiwi in a dark space. The kiwi is also not visible in the open, and this is one of the few places in New Zealand where you can observe them from such a close distance.

31. Moke Lake

6 km
from city center
31 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Located at just a 20 minute drive from the city of Queenstown, the Moke Lake is the perfect place to spend a day at. Though slightly off the beaten track, the lake offers the most beautiful views of the mountains. When the water is still, it functions as nature’s mirror, reflecting the snow-capped mountains onto its surface. You can spend a day here, indulging in a variety of recreational activities, or just having a lakeside picnic.

32. Skiing in Queenstown

13 km
from city center
32 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Skiing, a recreational activity and a winter sport have now become an international venture recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ski Federation (FIS) as a competitive sport along with regular skiing events. The types of skiing include Alpine Skiing which is practised in hills and mountains, regular skiing with free-heel bindings, nordic skiing, freestyle skiing, recreational skiing and backcountry. 

33. Luge in Queenstown

0 km
from city center
33 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Luge is a sport in which one or two people lie supine on a horizontal board-like structure, called a luge. It is a part of the Winter Olympics, where the tracks are made of ice, and the athletes control the luge with the help of their calf and back muscles. Sleds have been widely used for ages in many parts of the world, but the first documented luge race is said to have been in the 15th century in Norway.

34. Queenstown Mall

0 km
from city center
34 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

The Queenstown Mall is located at the heart of the busy city of Queenstown. It is a quaint little open space, well-suited for pedestrians to stroll around and take in some fresh air, next to the waterfront. You could spend an evening looking through the various boutiques and specialty shops at the Mall. It also hosts a variety of top-quality restaurants, cafes and pubs, which have outdoor seating options, where you can watch as the world goes by.

35. Crown Range Road

23 km
from city center
35 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

The Crown Range Road is the highest main road in New Zealand at 1121 metres, and offers the most breath taking views of the city of Queenstown and its neighbouring areas. It is, beyond a doubt, the most memorable way to travel from the cities of Queenstown and Wanaka – with blind turns and steep roads that lead into the clouds and keas flying all around. During the winter, there is a heavy snowfall on the route, which makes it even riskier, so make sure you carry tyre chains with you!

36. Peregrine Wines

1 km
from city center
36 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Located at a comfortable 25 minute drive away from the city of Queenstown, Peregrine Wines are a great place to spend a quiet day at with friends and family. It is known for its premium quality Pinots, both noir and gris. Its range of handcrafted and aromatic white wines are also worth trying and even collecting! It is one of New Zealand’s most iconic wine brands, and is definitely worth visiting, as it is a perfect getaway from the city. It also hosts events from time to time, ranging from birthdays and weddings to corporate and formal events.

37. Mountain Biking in Queenstown

14 km
from city center
37 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Queenstown is the perfect place for a mountain biking adventure, no matter how skilled you are or for how long you have been riding. It boasts of having the most diverse kinds of tracks which accommodate levels from beginner to advanced, and easy downhill rides to riskier, more adventurous rugged tracks. Home to the world-famous Queenstown Trail, this town has multiple other bike parks and tracks for you to get that adrenaline going! You can easily hire a bike here and go on a wide range of tours offered, ranging from relaxed half-day tours to multi-day exploration tours.

38. Kawarau Bridge

6 km
from city center
38 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Running over the Kawarau River is the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in the Otago locale in the South Island of New Zealand. Primarily equipped for business purposes and bungee jumping by the 'AJ Hackett Bungy Company', the Kawarau Bridge was the world's first business bungee jumping site.

39. Ben Lomond Track

1 km
from city center
39 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

With breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, the Ben Lomond Track in New Zealand is a popular hiking trail in the city with an elevation of around 1500 metres. It is a one day uphill climb beginning at the Douglas fir on Skyline Access Road or the Tiki Trail where hikers later have to pass through the alpine tussocks and shrubs to reach the Ben Lomond Saddle, Ben Lomond Summit and Arthur’s point. The climb is a steep one, especially after the Lomond Saddle but once you get to the top, the view is worth the exhausting climb.

40. Bob's Peak

13 km
from city center
40 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Bob’s Peak in Queenstown, New Zealand is a popular spot in the city which offers exciting and stunning views of the entire place and is accessible through two routes – the Tiki Trail and the Gondola ride from Queenstown to the summit. The Gondola ride is the most sought after route here as it gives out a panoramic view of the city along with various activities like the Ledge Bungy and Swing and the stargazing tours which attracts a huge number of tourists.

41. Wineries in Queenstown

0 km
from city center
41 out of 41
places to visit in Queenstown

Known for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world, Queenstown and the surrounding Gibbston and Otago Valley are a wine connoisseur’s paradise. Replete with wineries and wine estates, the region is home to some of the world’s most sought-after wine. Queenstown’s alpine landscape, coupled with its temperate climate makes it an incredibly conducive part of the world to produce wines.

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