Destination guide

Scenery and activity in Queenstown

From the stunning scenery and crystal waters to the unique energy and welcoming atmosphere, Queenstown is the ideal place for a holiday full of adventure, rejuvenation and discovery. Surrounded by majestic peaks and lapping lake shores, Queenstown holiday homes rentals offer the perfect accommodations for whatever your day brings in this vibrant resort town.

Things to do

Fun and adventure in Queenstown

There’s something for every taste and inclination in Queenstown. Holiday homes put you right in the middle of natural splendour and trendy spots, such as the Milford Sound, a picturesque fjord with dramatic views of waterfalls and peaks, or Lake Wakatipu, a scenic, mirrored lake with a mountain backdrop. If you’re searching for adrenaline, the Routeburn Track is a world-renowned tramping track that laps through the area, and the Coronet Peak Ski Area is a popular resort location for skiing, sledding and other winter sports.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Queenstown

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Travellers enjoy Queenstown for its skiing, taking an adventure tour and hiking. Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Queenstown a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Coronet Peak Ski Area (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Kiwi and Birdlife Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Skyline Gondola (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Queenstown Hill (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Queenstown Golf Club (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Onsen Hot Pools (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Queenstown

Queenstown is well known for its skiing. If you've planned your trip around snowy activities, consider visiting in April, September, December or August, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average 2°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Queenstown

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Queenstown. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Queenstown Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Bob's Peak (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Skippers Canyon (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Moke Lake (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Lake Wakatipu (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Cecil Peak (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
Beaches

Relaxation on Queenstown waterfronts

Whether you’re looking to take a dip to cool off, or you want a picnic or party by the water, Queenstown beaches near holiday homes offer any beach experience you could ask for. Queenstown Bay, with its turquoise waters and peak views, is the perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, and other water sports, while Sunshine Bay is a secluded beach that’s geared toward relaxation. Wilson Bay is a favourite of wakeboarders and water skiers, thanks to its gentle swells, and Kelvin Heights Beach offers a range of water sports to enjoy, along with incredible views of the mountains.

How to get there

Transport to and around Queenstown

The nearest airport is in Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.), located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Wanaka (WKA), which is 35.7 mi (57.5 km) away.

How to get around

Transport in and around Queenstown

There are a range of transport options to get you to and from your holiday accommodation in Queenstown. Scenic access roads make driving an experience all of its own as you wind through the changing landscape, and taxis and shuttles are available to move through the city. Public buses and ferries also service the area, but you’re welcome to explore the region by foot or cycle via the Queenstown Trail.

Family friendly

Find adventure in Queenstown

Queenstown is an adventure playground for families, thanks to its abundance of activities and energetic vibe. Take the children on an outing to the gold mining village of Arrowtown to experience the history in the area, or step back in time with tree-lined streets and miners’ cottages in the Chinese Village. Holiday homes are also available near Glenorchy, famous for being featured as Middle Earth in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, which offers movie tours of the filming locations, and the Queenstown Trail, an extensive network of walking and cycling trails suited for a wide range of age groups and experience levels.

Good for couples

Romance in Queenstown

Whether you want an adventurous holiday with your significant other, or you want to rekindle the romance with beautiful landscapes and scenery, Queenstown has many options for romantic holiday homes. The Queenstown Gardens is a large botanical garden with exotic plant life to while away your afternoon, and Ben Lomond is a towering peak with summit trails for hiking and sightseeing. You could also enjoy mountain reflections and serene views with your loved one at Lake Hayes, or test your bravery with a cliffside thrill jump and zip-lining at Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox.

Where to stay near Queenstown?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 737 holiday rentals near Queenstown. From 417 Houses to 237 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Queenstown for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Queenstown?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Queenstown. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Queenstown Event Centre: 759 holiday rentals
  • Queenstown Mall: 752 holiday rentals
  • Queenstown Hill: 762 holiday rentals
  • Church of St Peters: 753 holiday rentals
  • Remarkables Park Town Centre: 760 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Queenstown listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Queenstown?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 417 Houses in Queenstown. Our other popular types of Queenstown holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 237 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 20 holiday houses
  • Villas: 25 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Queenstown?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 22 holiday homes with pool available in Queenstown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.