Whether you are interested in the slopes, the thrills or the comforts Queenstown has something for everyone.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Every year from early June, the famous Remarkables Mountain Ranges attracts ski enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Whether you are a first time skier or a seasoned professional Queenstown’s four ski fields cater to every level. Cardrona ski field has also recently made major base area developments and put in a new ski lift. See the latest weather updates, gear hire and lessons.
Queenstown is famous for its aerial thrills. The area offers everything from bungee jumping off Kawarau Bridge to the Shotover Canyon Swing to paragliding, or even a helicopter ride to the Milford Sound glacier. Or for something on ground level, there is also jet boating, quad biking in the Queenstown hills, luging and numerous cycle trails. If you are after something slower paced there is also plenty to do from a riding the Gondola up the mountains for a meal to taking a guided horse trek through the iconic landscapes of Middle Earth.
The region boasts 75 wineries in and around Queenstown offering something for everyone. Either hire a bike and hop between the central wineries, join an organized tour or even make your own blend. If you are looking to unwind the Onsen Hot Pools Retreat and Day Spa is just 10 mins drive from the centre of Queenstown and afterwards check out a selection of over 150 eateries covering everything from award winning cafes, fine dining and clubs to the iconic Ferg burger.
Queenstown is also an events hub, with the largest event in the region boasting 45,000 attendees. This year’s 45th Winter Festival will showcase the beauty of this unique region with four days of live music, fireworks and a mountain festival village, running from the 22nd of June to the 25th.
Over the weekend of the 3rd of June, Queen’s birthday weekend, Queenstown also puts on 4 evenings of illuminated art and light sculptures with the award winning LUMA Southern Lights Festival. Last year’s festival attracted 35,000 people with 26 light exhibits and 13 sculptures, and in April, Arrowtown is celebrating the 35th year of its Autumn festival with much more on throughout the year.