There are plenty of options to keep you busy when you have a day free in Queenstown. You could feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane jet boat ride, perhaps, or discover some of New Zealand’s feathered friends at a wildlife centre. Wine aficionado? Sip your way through the surrounding vineyards. Wherever you wander, make sure you make it to the Lake Wakatipu boat tours aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner and a little late-night dancing.
Ultimately, the ideal duration for your stay in Queenstown depends on your interests and how much time you have available. It's a destination with a wide range of activities and attractions, so plan your visit accordingly to make the most of your time in this beautiful part of New Zealand. 2-3 days will let you enjoy the city itself and give time to enjoy a scenic nature cruise on Lake Wakatipu, while 5-7 days gives you the opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery and landscapes of nearby Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. A Guided Holiday with AAT Kings, such as the New Zealand Marvel tour, is designed to show you the best Queenstown has to offer.
Several charming towns around Queenstown are worth visiting, each offering a unique New Zealand experience. Arrowtown, located just a short drive away, is renowned for its historic gold rush architecture, while Wanaka boasts the stunning Lake Wanaka as its centrepiece. For natural wonders, a trip to Glenorchy is well worth it, surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes made famous by "The Lord of the Rings", and don't miss out on exploring Lake Wakatipu with a Walter Peak Farm tour. Our Southern Wonders Best Buys tour includes a free day to explore Queenstown and surrounds, with optional experiences from gourmet food and wine tours to scenic heli-flights and more. Simply ask your Travel Director for more information.
Queenstown is best known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps, Queenstown offers some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in New Zealand. The town is famous for its dramatic mountain scenery and crystal-clear lakes. Queenstown is also a gateway to the nearby Fiordland National Park and the world-famous Milford Sound, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.