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Why fly to Queenstown?

Queenstown is an outdoor adventurer's dream and a comfort-seeker's answer. The city is full of energy and with all of that great natural beauty it's not hard to understand why.

The city sits on Lake Wapiti and is surrounded by a stunning mountainscape that includes Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill, the Remarkables, Corono Peak, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak. The city plays host to some of the best skiing in the world and from June until the end of winter throngs of tourists flood the town for ski and snowboard adventures. There are hills for all levels and even if you don't ski you can always take the Skyline Gondola up Ben Lomond for stunning views.

If it's summer adventure you seek, there's also plenty of that. You can go rafting, paraglide, parachute or if you're really in the mood for a thrill, go bungee-jumping. Fishing and boating are also very popular during the summer months as is biking the Queenstown Trail.

If it's relaxation you seek, then head to one of the city's beaches in the summer and take in the sun and sand or go for a swim. New Zealand winers are growing in popularity and some of the country's best sit just outside of Queenstown in Central Otago. You can take a tour of the wineries and several have on-site dining as well.

Besides winery dining there are numerous food options as the city has a vibrant restaurant community. Try locally sourced lamb and hare dishes. A local tradition and a late-night/early morning favorite is Fergburger. Some of the menu favorites include the Tropical Swine, the Codfather and the Holier than Thou (it involves tofu).

Queenstown also offers an opportunity for a great shopping experience that does not involve kitschy touristy stuff. There are numerous boutiques and markets where you can find handmade goods. For some truly local items, check out green stone jewellery, possum fur, wool and sheepskin items. Shops are located throughout the city center.

Queenstown is a thrill ride just waiting to happen. You will definitely end up doing something you've never done before and feel like a new person after your trip to the city.

Queenstown Weather

Queenstown has fantastic weather year-round. Yes, it gets cold in the winter and that is perfectly necessary for the fantastic skiing in the city. Temperatures in the winter fall to a few degrees below zero and with that comes snow. The summer months are warm and numbers climb to the mid 20s.

When to fly to Queenstown

Peak Season

Queenstown is growing in popularity as a ski destination and that means more and more skiers are flocking to the city from June through to August. The popularity of these months means flight ticket prices are pricey at this time. The peak summer months are also popular as Westerners flee their cold cities in search or some sun so flight ticket prices for January and February can be pricey.

Off Season

The tourist rush eases up in the city during the fall months which means you can land yourself a well-priced flight ticket at that time. The spring months of October and November are also not high on the tourist travel list so book for this time and you will still be able to take in some of Queenstown's outdoor activities without paying premium fares.

Getting into Queenstown

Your portal to Queenstown opens up at Queenstown Airport, which is located just 10 minutes outside of the city center. From the airport you can use the bus service or the airport's shuttle service to get to your destination. The shuttles seat 11 so if you are travelling with a group you can book a whole shuttle for yourselves. Taxi service is also located outside of the airport. Some resorts offer pick-up service so you may not have to worrry about transportation at all.

Getting around Queenstown

You have two ways of getting around the city center if you decide not to rent a car. You can either use bus services or take a taxi. Of course, if you are staying at a ski resort than you won't have to worry about any of that.

Insider Guide

  • Take a wine tour of one of the city's most popular vineyards. The Gibbston Valley Winery provide tours and a little wine education for newbies. The restaurant on site provides one of the best dining experiences in the city. The chefs turn out gorgeous dishes like pan-fried Central Otago hare loin with spiced bulghur and pistachios, potted warm goat cheese and a velvety marinated Angus beef. All of the menu selections have wine recommendations alongside.
  • If you are in Arrowtown try out the new Pizzelle Shop opened by Gibbston Valley Vineyards. The baking artists create the delicious waffle-like biscuits from scratch. They come filled with fluffy chocolate or vanilla cream.
  • Sign up for a trial aerobatic flight for a bit of adventure. The Wakatipu Aero Club located at the main aiport offers classes.
  • Enjoy a good old-fashioned game of cricket at the Queenston Cricket Club. The sport is popular in the city and the players serious about their craft.
  • Do the bar crawl for a taste of the city's nightlife. Although Queenston may be small, it has a ton of things going on after all of the outdoor adventuring is done. Meet people from around the world and explore what the city has to offer in the bar scene.
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