Queenstown

Queenstown has four major mountain ski fields – Cardrona Alpine Resort, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone.

Many people believe the region boasts some of the world’s best ski and snowboard conditions in winter and early spring (June to September).

Coronet Peak

The Coronet Peak ski field is the closest to Queenstown. Coronet Peak has a new base lodge which opened in 2008, consisting of a restaurant, bar, child minding facilities, an outdoor heated deck and much more.

Benefits of Coronet Peak include:

  • The road provides easy access as it is sealed all the way
  • Night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Snow-making machines
  • Creche facilities available

The Remarkables

  • Ski slopes enjoy the full day sun as they face north
  • They have a great beginners’ slope for either skiing or snowboarding
  • You can do tubing down the slopes
  • There is a large dual-sided beginners’ slope separate from any other trails which makes it safe and fun to learn
  • 45 minutes from Queenstown
  • Spectacular lookout views
  • Shuttles available to and from town
  • Longest run is 1.5 kilometres

Queenstown

Ski fields, bungy-jumping, wine trails, sky diving, paragliding, international golf resorts, trail walking, scenic flights, mountain biking, fly fishing, jet boating, white water rafting, upmarket shopping, fine dining establishments … you name it, Queenstown has it.

Founded in the 1860s as a camp for gold miners, Queenstown has evolved into a sophisticated alpine settlement on the shores of a picturesque Lake Wakatipu and is considered New Zealand’s premier alpine holiday resort.

The town is best described as sophisticated, savvy, cosmopolitan yet casual. The breathtaking landscape and surrounding environment are crystal-clear, completely natural and unspoiled.

The town has excellent shops and a racy cafe/bar scene with vibrant nightlife. Downtown Queenstown has well over 160 licensed bars and cafes serving local and international beers and wines.

The town’s social calendar is always buzzing with festivals, exhibitions and celebrations. Throughout the year, Queenstown plays host to events such as the Queenstown Winter Festival and the Central Otago Wine and Food Festival.

The surrounding wine-producing region is said to be the world’s most southerly, and the local pinot noir fetches premium prices.

Travel photographers love Queenstown because there are amazing landscapes and views in all directions.

Climate

  • Queenstown has an alpine climate, its winters boasting clear blue skies and snow-capped mountains.
  • Summer days are long and warm with temperatures usually in the low to mid 20s and sometimes reaching 30 degrees Celsius.
  • The town has an annual average rainfall of 913mm.

Travel to Queenstown

Queenstown is easily accessible either through weekly direct trans-Tasman flights or via Christchurch International Airport. The nearest cities to Queenstown are Dunedin and Invercargill.

Queenstown Airport has year-round scheduled flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Sydney, as well as seasonal flights from Wellington, Melbourne and Brisbane.

It’s a good idea to have a NZSuperpass when you get to Queenstown, and New Zealand Travel Experts will be happy to arrange this as part of your travel package.

The main road access into the Queenstown area is via State Highway 6 (SH6), which runs from Cromwell through the Kawarau Gorge to Frankton, where a nine kilometre spur (SH6A) leads to the Queenstown CBD and connects with Glenorchy Rd. SH6 continues south across the Kawarau River, down the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston and finally to the plains of Southland.

Queenstown is the departure point for a large number of day trips to Milford Sound.

The town’s accommodation includes top class international hotels as well as bed and breakfast or backpacker hostels to suit the needs of budget travellers.

Handy information

  • 2006 Census data shows the population of urban Queenstown (including Frankton and Kelvin Heights) was 10,422, up 22.1% since 2001.
  • Luggage storage: The Station Building, Duke St entrance, open seven days a week from 7.30am to 7pm.
  • Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. The ASB Bank has a seven day banking service operating Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5:30pm. Bureaux de Change is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. Queenstown has plenty of Automatic Teller Machines.
  • Post office: Camp St (03 442 7670), open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
  • Library: 10 Gorge Rd (03 441 0600) open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm
  • Check www.nzski.com for up-to-date ski information
  • Queenstown Police Station: 11 Camp St (03 441 1600)
  • Lakes District Hospital: 20 Douglas St, Frankton (03 441 0015)
  • Queenstown Medical Centre: 9 Isle St and Remarkables Park (03 441 0500)
  • Arrowtown Surgery: Buckingham St (03 442 3550)
  • Wakatipu Medical Centre: 11 McBride St (03 442 2288)

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