Accommodation in Queenstown

Queenstown is a vibrant all year resort town with stunning alpine scenery and is the center of extreme sports in New Zealand. The city lies on Lake Wakatipu.

Tourism is also the main source of income and you will find many hotels, souvenir shops, clubs and bars, restaurants and tour operators. The best way to Queenstown to explore on foot. For example, you start at “The Mall”, which is completely pedestrianized.
There are more than 150 cafes, bars, restaurants and wineries to choose from. And great shopping ranging from Louis Vuitton to souvenir shops and markets.

When you walk further east you come to the Queenstown Garden’s where you can relax and enjoy the views over Lake Wakatipu . In the park you will find wide lawns surrounded by pine trees and pink fields. Especially in the fall is beautiful here, when the trees are adorned with autumn colors.

Outside Queenstown are beautiful things to see. So you can make a trip to the gold mining town of Arrowtown. On the west side of Lake Wakatipu is the village of Glenorchy , where the Routeburn Track starts. To pass the entire trail, you must stay in mountain huts but you can also opt for a day hike on the beautiful lower part of the track along the Routeburn River.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Eichardt Private Hotel

Eichardat Private Hotel Queenstown

“Stunning hotel right in the heart of town on Queenstown lakefront. Only four luxury lakefront apartments available. Your stay comes with your very own butler!”

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

“Romantic boutique hotel with five start exclusive service. Great location close to the vibrant town center. “

Novotel Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown

“Great value for money. Price and location wise this is a fantastic option for your stay in Queenstown. There is no need for a car as you can just wonder into town from here. “

Wharekea Lodge (Wanaka)

Wharekea Lodge

“Stunning lodge located on the shore of Lake Wanaka (45 minute drive from Queenstown). This luxury lodge feels like you are floating on water. It also has Rippon Valley winery right next door.”

More information about Queenston

Ski Treble Cone1. Snow Sports
Two ski resorts close by; the Remarkables and Coronet Peak for all abilities. In winter (June through to September). The area is also famous for heli skiing options. Find Out More >

Golf Queenstown2. World Class Golf
World class golf (six courses all within a 20 min drive from Queenstown), cycling and hiking. Find Out More >

Dining at Matakauri Lodge3. Wine and Dine
Great dining, relaxation night life and accommodation (more than 150 cafes, bars, restaurants and wineries to choose from). Find Out More >

Queenstown Shopping4. Shopping
Great shopping from Louis Vuitton to souvenir shops – also markets (arts and crafts and farmers markets). Find Out More >

Skyline Queenstown5. Skyline Queenstown Gondola
Skyline Queenstown gondola (restaurant, luge tracks, stargazing, mountain biking and Bungi jumping (AJ Hackett invented the bungee here). Find Out More >

Camping Queenstown6. Lake and River Activities

Lake & river activities (fishing, waterskiing, parasailing, rafting and kayaking) TSS Earnslaw steamship. Find Out More >

Arrowtown7. Arrowtown
Day trip to Arrowtown – cute cobbled historic gold mining town 20 minutes from Queenstown. Find Out More >

Shotover River, Queenstown8. Extreme Sports
Bungee Jumping, Hand Gliding, Paragliding, Sky Diving, White Water Rafting, Zip lining or a Jet Boat on the Shotover River – this really is the center of extreme sports. Find Out More >

Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown9. Relaxing at the Onsen Spa
Relax and rejuvinate after your adventures in Queenstown at the Onsen Spa. Private spas that look right over the shotover river. Find Out More >

Walter 10. TSS Earnslaw Cruise
One of the most impressive remains of the mine-construction period of Queenstown is the ship TSS (Twin Screw Steamer) Earnslaw. At 51 m long vessel, also known as “the lady of the lake’ makes several trips ranging from a half hour to four-hour dinner cruises some even including a stopover at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Find Out More >


Queenstown is a compact town so fairly easy to get around by foot. Most tours include complementary pick up from hotel or town center. To explore the wider area though a car is desirable.