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Where to stay in Queenstown

Where to stay in Queenstown

When deciding where to stay in Queenstown, you’ll never be low on choices. However, some of the best holiday experiences are waiting to be enjoyed beyond the town itself. For example, you may prefer to stay in the countryside, closer to the stunning vineyards. From Arrowtown to the many ski resorts, there’s accommodation in Queenstown and beyond to suit whatever style of getaway you’re after. Whether you want ski slopes on your doorstep or to sleep next door to historical buildings, we can help you find the perfect place to stay.

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Downtown Queenstown

Downtown Queenstown is an area filled with five-star hotels and other luxurious accommodation options. If you love a pampering after a long day on the slopes or on the water, or if you maybe just want an especially comfy bed for the night, this area is one of the best places to stay in Queenstown.

Gibbston Valley

Gibbston Valley lies deep in Queenstown wine country. For culture vultures who love a good scenic tour and wine tasting, this is a great place to stay in Queenstown. A short drive back to the town and up to the ski lodges, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind on any tour of the region.


Arrowtown is a little way out of Queenstown itself but still provides wonderful rustic hospitality. Perfectly placed for those who wish to tour museums and get into the hills for a hike, Arrowtown is the place to be. A former Gold Rush town, its unique history and architecture set it apart.

Ski Resorts

The many Queenstown ski resorts are among the most well-appointed and highest-quality places to stay in town. Placed close to the snowfields to allow easy access to the slopes, lifts and training facilities, if you plan to spend a lot of time in the snow or hiking during summer then these are where you should be looking. It'll be easy to round up gear when staying here too, thanks to the onsite shops and hire centres.

Frequently asked questions

Queenstown is widely regarded as the adventure sports capital of the world, so be sure to pack your sense of fun (and perhaps a spare pair of pants). Foodies, you’re in for a treat with world-class dining options aplenty, so throw in your stretchiest pants and comfortable shoes for when you need to walk off the impending food coma. The rest will depend on the time of year you plan to travel but as a rough guide, aim for layers, sturdy shoes and don’t forget your camera.

Lake Wakatipu is a Queenstown must, whether you’re into fishing, jet boating or you’re just looking for a nice spot for a picnic, it doesn’t disappoint. For panoramic views of the lake, take a scenic gondola (cable car) ride to the top of Bob's Peak and soak in the serenity. Once you’ve returned from your sightseeing adventures, be sure to carve out some time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming town centre and explore the many shops and restaurants. If you’re keen to hit the slopes, the aptly named mountains – The Remarkables – offer some of the most beautiful fields in New Zealand, and if you’re up for a thrill, head to Nevis Valley for biking, bungy jumping, horse riding or four-wheel driving.

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The excellent news is that Queenstown is a year-round destination, so there’s always something to keep you entertained. The best time, however, depends on your interests – winter is ideal for skiing and snowboarding, while summer offers perfect weather for outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking. Spring and autumn are great for outdoor activities, with fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures.

Get the blood pumping with a thrilling jet boat ride, go bungy jumping, sip your way through Queenstown’s wine region, take a scenic flight, hit the golf course, explore one of the many hiking trails, ride a cable car to the top of Bob’s Peak, cruise Lake Wakatipu, sink in to utter relaxation at Onsen Hot Pools and, if weather permits, hit the slopes. Queenstown really is the perfect launchpad for adventures of all kinds.

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