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Queenstown Complete Guide

In our ‘Complete Guide’ series, we’re going to be visiting some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations and getting the inside track from our GO Explore followers on the best places to stay, eat, drink, sunbathe and more. Instead of just finding out what the guidebooks tell you, find out what the locals and the travellers think when it comes to the best place to get an ice cream, the best fish and chips and the best cocktail you’ll ever taste!

This is the big one! For many people, Queenstown is one of the main highlights of a trip to New Zealand. Known as the adventure capital of NZ and quite possibly the world, Queenstown is full of amazing adventures whether you are looking to throw yourself off a cliff with only a long piece of rope attached to your legs or you’re looking to explore the magnificent and spectacular landscapes that surround this beautiful city. Despite its reputation as a party town, Queenstown is the perfect destination for travellers young and old. The city has a fantastic atmosphere all year round thanks to a thriving ski scene in the winter and the beautiful mountains, lakes and vineyards in the summer months. This place is a must on any New Zealand itinerary and we’ve reached out to our GO Explorers to help find the best hotels, activities, places to eat out and more. Let’s get you GOing on your Queenstown adventure.

Best accommodation in Queenstown

As you would expect from one of New Zealand’s busiest tourist destinations, Queenstown is not short on accommodation options from backpackers to five star luxury boutique hotels. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the action in downtown Queenstown or you’re looking for something a bit more remote and off the beaten track, this place caters for everyone! All the big name hotels are found in Queenstown so make sure you do some shopping around as there are always deals to be found although accommodation can get expensive in the peak seasons in summer and winter. We’ve pulled together some of the best tips from our GO Explorers covering a wide range of accommodation options. Here we go!

Best places to eat out in Queenstown

Queenstown is packed full of great places to eat out. Whether it’s cheap street eats or a fancy dinner you’re looking for, this place has got you covered! Again we were overwhelmed with suggestions for places to eat so we’ve tried to narrow things down by the most popular suggestions and also looking at a range of cuisine and budgets – we’d love to hear your suggestions so make sure you let us know if we have missed off any of the amazing places to eat out in Queenstown.

Best day trips from Queenstown

Queenstown is a place you could easily spend a week or two and the season will dictate what you can get up to whilst you are down here. There is no shortage of things to do in and around the city – we take a look at some of the best activities below, however there are also some awesome day trips to be made from Queenstown with heaps of amazing destinations right on the doorstep. This is a chance not only to head out and discover somewhere new, but also to take your car out on a true road trip with some of the most amazing scenery in the world. Here are our top ten day trips from Queenstown and some of the amazing views you will see along the way!

Best activities in Queenstown

A trip out to some of the places above is definitely up there with some of the best activities in Queenstown but we wanted to focus on activities right in the heart of the city. There is so much to see and do in Queenstown and many of the activities do revolve around adventure and adrenalin. We’ve tried to put a nice mix of things to do but it seems like most of our GO Explorers head to Queenstown to get their kicks so be prepared for some action-packed adventure ideas. Let’s GO!

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  • 7
    Days

    Queenstown to Hanmer Springs Round Trip – 7 days

    Driving Tour

    So you’ve hit the South Island for a week long holiday and arrived in the adventure capital of New Zealand. Picking up your hire car is a pretty exciting prospect and heading out into unspoilt beauty awaits but don’t go zooming off too quickly be

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  • 8
    Days

    Queenstown to Wellington – 8 days

    Driving Tour

    So, you’ve arrived in the adventure capital of the world with only 8 days to get yourself up to Wellington in the North Island. Arriving in Queenstown with only 1 day to explore can be quite daunting as there’s so much to do whether you’re an a

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  • 3
    Days

    Queenstown to Stewart Island Round Trip – 3 days

    Driving Tour

    Well this is pretty exciting – a 3 day mini-break and a trip to the far south! This is one of the roads less travelled by visitors to New Zealand, preferring instead to visit popular spots like Milford Sound and Wanaka, however we love this road tr

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