Built on the edge of the serene Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a vibrant town surrounded by dramatic scenery. Explore natural wonders against the beautiful backdrop of the Southern Alps, relax on the beach, or hike to your heart’s content. Booking into a luxurious spa resort is an exceptional way to unwind on a luxury holiday in Queenstown.
Explore the treasures of New Zealand’s South Island with a stay in scenic Queenstown. This lakeside town boasts a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges and plenty of luxurious spots to enjoy the view. For a fantastic scenery, head up to Skyline Queenstown or take a slow cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is a beautiful city with plenty of luxurious spas, contemporary restaurants and renowned museums. Highlights include the excellent Lakes District Museum and Art Gallery, Ivan Clarke Gallery, and Milford Gallery.
Make sure to sample regional cuisines and experience local’s friendly hospitality. Thrill-seekers and skiers can base themselves Queenstown for easy access to the nearby Coronet Peak and world-renowned mountain ranges like The Remarkables. Queenstown is also ideally located near local wineries, where you can tour the vineyards and learn about New Zealand wine. Nearby, you’ll also find historical mining towns like Arrowtown which capture the region’s fascinating past.
If you want to catch some powder, visit Queenstown during the winter months of June to August. During winter, temperatures are chilly and there’s plenty of snow. Visit early in the season and you can experience Queenstown Winter Festival. Spring is also a fantastic season to visit as you can see colourful flowers blossom amidst the vanishing snow.
Summer months, November to January, bring sunshine and temperatures in the high twenties. It’s the ideal time to visit for outdoor activities like hiking or kayaking.
Queenstown is home to some exceptional restaurants serving everything from contemporary New Zealand cuisine to the most outstanding French-inspired dishes. Eat at open-plan grills overlooking Lake Wakatipu for a view as delightful as the food.
Famous for its seafood, Queenstown is the ideal place to try underwater delicacies like green tipped mussels and kina also known as sea urchin. Experience a traditional Maori hangi, meat and vegetables slow cooked in an underground oven and bursting with flavour.
For holidays under six months, UK travellers don’t need a visa to enter New Zealand. Find out more at GOV.UK.