is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges.
The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Experience one of the many walking & hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.
Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognize many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning. Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.
Queenstown boasts an International airport with regular connections to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane along with regular flights to major New Zealand cities. This makes it the ideal starting point to visit the lower south island. There are local Motorsport attractions but also excellent museums in Wanaka and Invercargill is home to the Burt Munro Challenge.
Highlands Motorsport Park
– approximately 1hr from Queenstown in Cromwell it is New Zealands newest motor racing circuit featuring rounds of the Toyota Racing Series
, Toyota 86 series, Australian GT series and the new Highlands 101 Endurance race. On site is also New Zealands National Motorsport Museum
and a cool go cart track.
– fancy getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini what better place to take a spin then round the shores of Lake Wakatipu