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DAY 12 - 13: New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights


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View of Queenstown and lake Wakatipu View of Queenstown and lake Wakatipu

Adventure capital of the world, year round Queenstown is a premier visitor destination

A year round holiday location where glorious scenery and outdoors adventures go hand in hand. Queenstown is a resort town framed by alpine peaks with a beautiful lake at the edge. The town is fun, adrenaline laced attractions, leisurely fine dining and indulgent spa treatments and a place where kids have plenty to do and see. From mellow, chilled out holidays to adventures packed with skydiving, canyon swinging, bungee jumping and heli-skiing Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier tourist destination.

Cecil Peak a mountain range across Lake Wakatipu


  • The classic outdoors alpine scenery sums up the beauty of Lake Wakatipu and Remarkable mountain range, consider a summer lake cruise on TSS Earnslaw Cruises Queenstown to Walter Peak Farm
  • An autumn walking trail to soak up the outdoors from Queenstown hill walking tracks to Ben Lomond Walkway.
  • Splurge on a helicopter ride over the glaciers, the alps and the valleys. Get the adventure juices firing with a winter snowmobile trip.
  • Jet boating, where else to sample an iconic river an exhilarating ride than Queenstown where doughnuts and spins are part of the course
  • Bob’s Peak, skyline views and Queenstown Gondola | Skyline Queenstown. Gondola rides offer selfie holiday moments
  • Eat, drink and market in Queenstown from juice dripping Fergburgers, wood fired pizzas, fine dining lakeside and gourmet counter foods for an impromptu picnic.

Best time to go

Year round experience four seasons, four distinctive attractions.

TIP: Queenstown and the surrounding district is renowned for its light tempting photographers to spend time outdoors capturing the perfect shot.

… learn more Things To Do & See in Queenstown – Best Bits



Can you ditch the rental vehicle in Queenstown?

Yes, defenetly.

Lake Wakatipu drive from Queenstown


Do you need a car to enjoy Queenstown?

No, it is not necessary. Visitors can hire a bike / e-bike, walk or segway around town. There is a well regarded public bus system between Franklin, Arrowtown and Wanaka.

  • Skyline Gondola is a mere 5 minutes walk from Queenstown CBD & go stargazing at Bob’s Peak. There are great combo deals with the luge, gondola and dinner options to check out before deciding what to do
  • Queenstown borders Lake Wakatipu meaning you can walk to the wharf to board TSS Earnslaw or the Spirit of Queenstown for a lakeside cruise. Check out the travel pack section for details about both options


Where to stay in Queenstown

Queenstown accommodation ranges from functional budget conscious backpacker to world beating luxury. With the hills offering great views it is advisable to check the location to avoid disappointment. Due to proximity to Queenstown, Wanaka, Franklin, Arrowtown and Gibbston are alternative places to stay where vineyards, bed and breakfast and boutique hotels offer plenty of choice for visitors

The Remarkables, gondola ride view
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