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

  • 80%


    Queenstown rocks!

    Queenstown is such an awesome place. From bungying to fergburger to jars, there is something for everyone!

  • 80%


    Nothing like Queenstown!

    My olan was to stay here for 1 month, but have ended up staying here for six. There's nothing like queensotwn.

    Insider Tip:Summer time: clif jumping little Thailand, 5 km towards Glenorchy in a secluded place. Ask locals to get there. Queenstown hill, Ben Lomond and Frankton track.

  • 90%


    So much to do, lots and lots of outsideactivities, sports etc. Beautiful, cozy place with a great nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Horseriding trecks in Lord of the Rings athmosphere is must. Go to great candyshop, there is fudge and tastings.. Frisbeegolf in botanic garden is so much fun.

  • 90%


    Queenstown is a fantastic place to stay in. It's a must for ANYONE travelling in New Zealand. Fantastic for skydiving, bungee jumping etc and has an awesome selection of bars for the night time partying. If you're looking fpr something a bit more chill then this is still right up your alley - there's a lot of quiet restaurants and bars, the chair lift to the top of the mountain where you can see some great views and cruises to Milford and Doubtful Sound. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place - it's a must

  • 80%


    Favorite town in New Zealand!!!

    Queenstown is a great place to visit as there's something for everyone. There's great food, shopping, nightlife, and sight-seeing. The range of activities was incredible (bungy jumping, sky-diving, gondola rides, jet-boating, skiing, paragliding, fishing ... there was even a luge track!). It's located so a day trip to Milford Sound is easily done ... and it's definitely worth seeing. Any place in the south of the South Island is pretty accessible from here.

    Insider Tip:If you're going to NZ in the "off" season (end of winter/beginning of spring), maybe wait to book some of your activities (like bungy jumping and bar crawls) til the day of or before, as there are some great last minute deals you can grab when you get there.

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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