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20 must-see attractions to visit queenstown, new zealand

20 must-see attractions in queenstown, new zealand

20 must-see attractions to visit queenstown, new zealand

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Affectionately known as New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown is a place that strikes the perfect balance between its spectacular natural beauty and its landmark attractions. These 20 sights should show you exactly how it’s always a great place to explore, whether you’re stopping by for a tour or want to try your hand at something more adventurous.

Lake Wakatipu.

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An inland lake 80 kilometers (50 miles) long, upland Lake Wakatipu is the longest and third largest in New Zealand. Because of its majestic beauty in particular, locals and visitors to Queenstown love walking, biking and picnicking along the lake’s elongated shores.

Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand

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Outdoor, Scenic

Bob’s Peak and the Hong Kong Gondola

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Bob’s Peak is the place to visit if you want the best panoramic views in town. Reaching the highest point is as easy as taking a self-guided hike (known as the Tiki Trail) or traveling the Skyline gondola. Whichever route you choose, you can be sure to get a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery that Queenstown is so famous for.

53 Brecon Street, Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand

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Outdoor, local, touristy, scenic, Instagrammable, photo opportunity

Remarkables

Natural Site, Ski Resort

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Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, the fitting mountain range of Remarkables rises dramatically into the clear sky to provide a beautiful backdrop along the waters. In addition to its scenic beauty, it’s also a destination for skiers and snowboarders.

Remarkables Ski Resort, Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand

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Kid-friendly, children’s playpen

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Picturesque, Outdoor, Cold, Touristic

Queenstown Gardens.

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You’ll find the incredibly tranquil Queenstown Gardens right in the center of town. Offering a pleasant retreat from the usual hustle and bustle of its surroundings, the gardens are a popular spot for relaxing, walking, or even a quick game of golf.

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Queenstown Gardens Golf Club, Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand

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Outdoor, local, touristy, instructable, peaceful

Skippers Canyon.

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Skippers Canyon is a historic and incredibly scenic canyon that spans 22 kilometers (13, 7 miles). It can be accessed from Queenstown via the same road that leads to Coronon Peak Ski Field. Skippers Canyon is a popular stop for heritage cruises, water rides and bungee jumping.

Skippers Road, Queenstown, 9371, New Zealand

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Outdoor, Tourist, Picturesque

Shotover River.

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The Shotover River is another favorite among thrill-seekers – the fast currents make it one of the best places around Queenstown for jet boating and rafting. The Shotover River is 75 kilometers (47 miles) long and flows south from the Southern Alps to the Kawarau River.

Shotover River, Otago, 9371, New Zealand

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Outdoor, Picturesque, Touristic

Nevis Valley.

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Nevis Valley, known for hosting the world’s largest rope swing, is one of Queenstown’s most iconic adventure attractions. The Nevis Bungy platform is also the third largest in the world at 134 meters (439, 6 feet). The valley is a bit of a backwater, and can only be accessed via a shuttle that departs from downtown.

Nevis Bungie, Gibbston, 9371, New Zealand

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Outdoor, Tourists

Sea Parade

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The Sea Parade includes idyllic Queenstown Beach, the famous Bath Cafe and the ceremonial Queenstown Memorial. There is a path that connects it to Queenstown Gardens, and locals love to spend some time exploring it during the summer months. The Sea Parade is also the place to catch local events, such as the festive fireworks display of the annual winter festival and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Sea Parade, Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand

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Kid-friendly, children’s playpen

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Outdoor, Picturesque, Local

Kawarau River.

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The Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu, flowing 60 kilometers (37 miles) east to Kawarau Gorge. Fast flows and narrow stretches have made this river a prime spot for river ponding, jet skiing, rafting and river surfing. The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is also known as the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping.

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Kawarau River, Otago, New Zealand

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Outdoor, Tourist, Picturesque

Gibbston Winery

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Gibbston Valley is one of the closest wineries to Queenstown. Its vineyards are nestled in the rugged shale mountains near Kawarau Gorge. The high altitudes and varied climatic conditions allow Gibbston Valley to grow Pinot Noir varieties known in the Central Otago region.

1820 State Highway 6, Gibbston, 9371, New Zealand

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Tours, admission fee.

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Milford Sound.

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Head a little further out to find a wonderful fjord in the southwest of the South Island that continues to inspire and amaze. People flock to Milford Sound to hike as well as soak up these idyllic views. Tours depart regularly from Queenstown, or you can make your own way through the scenic four-hour drive.

Milford Sound, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand

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Free, Excursions, Kayaks

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Outdoor, Tourists

Coronet Peak.

Natural Site, Ski Resort

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Coronet Peak is home to one of Queenstown’s best ski fields. Long snow seasons, an incredible range of slopes for beginners and experienced powder shredders, and spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hayes are some of the things that draw people to this epic mountain.

Coronet Peak Mountain Area, Queenstown, 9371 New Zealand

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Kid-friendly, children’s playpen

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Admission fee, rental

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Outdoor, Tourist, Picturesque

Ben Lomond Trek.

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A demanding day hike with plenty of alpine perspectives to cherish. The Ben Lomond Trail starts around Tiki Trail (where you can also climb Bob’s Peak), passing a few bumps and bushes as the access roads become steeper and more rugged. On a clear day, you can see Mount Aspiring and Mount Ernslaw from a distance.

Ben Lomond Track, Ben Lomond, New Zealand

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Outdoor, local, scenic

Lake Hays.

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A small lake in the Wakatipu Basin, Lake Hayes is located near Queenstown and Arrowtown. Cyclists, hikers and runners head to Hays Lake to take in the trails that run beside it. There are large grassy areas near the hotel that are usually used for recreational activities.

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Lake Hays, Otago, 9371, New Zealand

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Home friendly, friendly, friendly

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Outdoor, Scenic, Instagrammable

Queenstown Hill

Natural site, hiking trail

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This small, 907-foot (2,976-foot) hill is also known as Maori Te Tapu-nui, which is especially known for its temporary trail, which was created in 2000 to mark the beginning of the new millennium. Highlights of the two- to three-hour hike include rich pine forests, 360-degree views of Queenstown’s most famous landmarks, and the iconic Dream Basket sculpture.

58 Belfast Terrace, Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand

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Outdoor, local, scenic, photo opportunity

Arrowtown

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Arrowtown is a former gold mine just 15 minutes from Queenstown. The small town sits on the banks of the Arrow River and is lined with well-preserved buildings from the late last century. In addition to holding a special place in local history, the town is also known for its vibrant fall colors.

Arrowtown, Arrowtown, New Zealand

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Tourist, Instagrammable, Historic Landmark

Glenorchy

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For those looking for the perfect day trip from Queenstown, Glenorchy is a great place to stay. The small settlement at the north end of Lake Wakatipu has gained international fame for its cinematic performances – especially in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other local attractions include hiking (accessible via the Rootburn Trail), mountain biking, and kayaking.

Glenorchy, New Zealand 9372, New Zealand

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Friendly, Friendly, Friendly

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Kayaks, Picnic tables

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Outdoor, Tourist, Picturesque

Mount Crichton Loop

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The Mount Crichton Loop Track is an easy, friendly hike filled with many scenic wonders. Its starting point is just 12 kilometers (7, 5 miles) from Queenstown, on the same road as Glenorchy. The two- to four-hour trip takes you through mountain beech trees, manuka trees, a waterfall, and the historic Twelve Mountain Creek Gorge, which was one of the key mining areas in the region.

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Mount Creighton, Otago, 9371, New Zealand

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Friendly, Friendly, Friendly

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Outdoor, Scenic

Lake Wanaka.

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Another destination of the day, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. It covers an area of 192 square kilometers (74, 1 square miles) and is estimated to be more than 300 meters (980 feet) deep. Among the lake you will find the charming town of Wanaka, which is about an hour’s drive from Queenstown.

Lake Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

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Friendly, Friendly, Friendly

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Free, Excursions, Kayaks, Rentals

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Scenic, Instagrammable, Outdoors

Mount Aspiring National Park.

Park, Natural Site.

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Located in the southern Alps, Mount Aspiring National Park consists of remote wilderness, diverse ecosystems, high mountain ranges and spectacular river valleys. Wanaka is the closest village to it, and the park is highly regarded among nature lovers, hikers and mountain climbers.

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