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

  • 90%


    Awesome awesome awesome backpacker town- heaps of activities, stellar lake and park to visit, and fantastic nightlife

  • 100%


    Lots to see and do

    Queenstown was actually much nicer than I expected. I went early November so out of season. There are a multitude of restaurants and bars, shops and gift stores. Also great for high adrenalin activities if you are into that kind of thing (I'm not). Great to chill out.

    Insider Tip:Fat Badgers restaurant and Vader restaurant breakfast (poached eggs with pumpkin mash... amazing!)

  • 80%


    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.

  • 80%


    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.

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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