Destination view

Queenstown and surroundings

Queenstown offers far more than an action-packed getaway. Spend time on the Gibbston wine trail and end with a meal at one of the many upmarket eateries on offer. Gibbston Valley is just about a 25-minute drive from downtown Queenstown, it is home to some of the region's oldest vineyards, finest restaurants, pubs, and the historic Kawaru Suspension Bridge. Wander further afield into Fiordland National Park. It is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status. Home to Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the beautiful lakeside towns of Te Anau. Head over the hill to resort town Wanaka, which is about an hour's drive from Queenstown over the magnificent Crown Range. Wanaka is a beautiful year-round destination, set against the alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park. Visit historic gold mining settlement Arrowtown, or re-live scenes from Lord of the Rings by four-wheel drive safari. A short drive to Glenorchy to experience horse riding, jet boating, and helicopter tours is also not to be missed.