City Guide Queenstown, New Zealand

Visiting Queenstown

Originally settled by the thousands of native New Zealanders who came in search of gold, Queenstown now attracts visitors from all over the world who are in search of the ultimate adventure holiday.

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Queenstown City Reviews

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    Queenstown, NZ

    A really awesome town, with so much to do it's hard to fit it all into a few days. A great apres ski atmosphere in a beautiful setting in amongst the mountains. Highly recommend.

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    Pay the price to lose your soul in Queenstown, its worth it.

    Queenstown is an amazing town that is very much a "Tourist Town". Everything has a tourist tax on top which makes everything just that bit more expensive than anywhere else in New Zealand...however its worth it! I ended up staying in queenstown for months and I had a brilliant time. There is always something to do and with so many visitors there's always someone new to meet.

    Insider Tip:The Nevis Bungy is quite expensive but its worth it! Also, if you think Ferg Burger is too expensive (or the queue is about an hour long) theres another burger place a few turns away called Devil Burger which is good AND there's never a queue.

  • 60%


    tourist trap

    really nice city with good nightlife and loads of activity to do definitely a adrenaline junkie capital but the price of every thing is massively inflated compared to the rest of the country. spend about a week their then leave to count the cost

    Insider Tip:book trips through hostels as often they are cheaper.

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    Tourist town

    One of the best the cities for food! Queenstown has a good variety of different styles of foods and it taste amazing. Also a very nice town with lots of mountains, etc.

    Insider Tip:Be prepared for a lot of tourist!

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    Queenstown land of the adventure pamphlets

    Queenstown is awesome, the only tip I have is that we went on the K Jet boat over the Shotover Swing/company jet boat because it was an hour on the lake rather than a half hour. Also, there is a longer trip with a kayak tour attached to it thats like 4 hours that was the best value I think but I couldn't book it due to our itinerary/time constraints. The grocery store is very close to the center of town.

    Insider Tip:Anything up on the mountain requires a gondola ride at ~$30, if you do the luge or zip lining try doing it in one day, and save yourself the extra trip up there. Also, if you are traveling north to christchurch, look into car relocations and apply while you're in queenstown. You can wind up driving a rental car back up to christchurch for $1/day and a free tank of gas. Learned about this after the fact and too late to take advantage of it.

New Zealand: Itinerary

New Zealand is one of the most popular countries in the world among backpackers. It is famed for its awe inspiring scenery thanks to an array of mountains, glaciers and lakes. If you like adrenaline sports this is one of the best countries in the world to do them. And as it is divided between a north and south island, not many countries in the world are as diverse as this one.

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