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Queenstown - a tourist destination and ski resort


Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist and ski resorts. Queenstown is set on the edge of Lake Wakatipu among glacier smoothed hills and rugged peaks. In winter it is a skiing centre and in summer people come to see the lake and take part in a wide range of outdoor activities.

Queenstown is one of the most popular places for skiing, snowboarding and heli skiing in New Zealand. The greatest concentration of New Zealand's commercial ski fields are located around Queenstown - Coronet Peak and The Remarkables; and Wanaka - Treble Cone, Cardrona and the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area. Wanaka is located only 117km from Queenstown.

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Queenstown Township

The Queenstown township has everything within walking distance, including retail shops and over 100 places to dine, with something to suit everybodies tastes. The shops often stay open to 10pm and later. With the world's southernmost wineries there is plenty of local win to sample. Queenstown hosts the Queenstown Winter Festival (June or July), the largest of it's kind in the southern hemisphere.

The Remarkables Ski Area

A film location for The Lord of the Rings.
The Remarkables is Queenstown’s highest ski field at 1935 metres with something for everyone - skiers, snowboarders, telemarketers and even cross-country skiers. The terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities. For Snow Reports click here

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Coronet Peak Ski Area

Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski field in the region. The field is wide and sunny, with an astounding variety of runs, and the on field facilities are some of the best around. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding. Exclusive night skiing is available. For Snow Reports click here

Heli-skiing and Heli-boarding

Queenstown is a great place to try heliskiing and heliboarding. The heliskiing season normally runs from July to early October. Provided you are an intermediate skier and are reasonably proficient at skiing powder you should be able to pass the ability questionnaire, but at around NZ$735 a day it isn't for everyone. The Clarke Glacier is a good option to consider as is the Harris Mountains.
We suggest that you contact us to pre-book your heliskiing - no deposit required.

SnowBiz - Ski and Snowboard Hire

SNOBIZ - aims is to provide the latest in ski rental, the highest quality boots, skis, snowboards and clothing.

With the latest ski equipment the assistanace of highly trained staff you will have a great day on the slopes.

Conveniently located in central Queenstown beside the main ski shuttle departure point.

Open 7 days a week during the ski season from 7:15am to 9:00pm


Address: The Station Building, Duke St, Queenstown.

Telephone: 00-64-3-442-2085

Kingston Flyer

The Kingston Flyer is New Zealands own vintage steamtrain! Whilst no longer operating it can still be viewed from behind a wire enclosure.

Kingston is located on the Southern Shores of Lake Wakatipu, a 40 minute scenic drive south from Queenstown on SH6.

Walter Peak - TSS Earnslaw

Cruise across Lake Wakaitipu on the vintage steamship TSS EARNSLAW to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Disembarch for a fascinating farmyard tour with delicious barbecue lunch option, or take a guided horse trek. Evening carvery dining at the Colonel's Homestead is also available.

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Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge

One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex etched against the sky high above the town. A wide range of activities and attractions makes the Skyline complex a 'must-see' during your visit to Queenstown. The gondola base station is located 5 minutes walk from central Queenstown. Skyline is open 365 days a year.

Skyline Restaurant

From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you power through the Shotover River and deep into the Shotover River Canyons ... it's an amazing ride! Shotover Jet is situated at Arthurs Point, 6km from Queenstown. Departures are every 15-minutes with each trip being approximately 30-minutes. Allow 1.5 hours for a return trip to Queenstown (including transfers).

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Queenstown Rafting

Queenstown Rafting offers exciting white water rafting on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. Experience memorable rapids like Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball and the amazing 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel on the Shotover River. The Kawarau River is ideal for the first time rafters and has four fun rapids including the unforgettable 400m Dog Leg.