First-timer’s Guide to Queenstown

6 January 2018

If it is your first time to Queenstown, you have so many things you could do, see and experience during your stay.

Where to Visit

Obviously Queenstown has many attractions; lake cruises, cycle trails, bungy jumping, winery tours, hiking, skydiving… the list goes on!

Arrowtown is a quaint, historic mining town with great cafes, streets lined with lush trees and lots of day walk options.

Glenorchy is less than an hour’s drive from Queenstown on the world’s most scenic road with spectacular landscape and mountain ranges all around. It is the perfect place for photographers and day walkers with its Lagoon Trail and picturesque environment. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan you can also visit some of the places where filming took place by jumping on a tour  from Glenorchy.

Milford Sound is a must see destination in New Zealand. Fortunately, you are a step closer to this fiord when you stay in Queenstown. It is about 3 h 50 min self-drive(287.5 kmfrom Queenstown but you will want to stop on the way in Te Anau and spend some time soaking in the visual delights along the road.
We recommend you allow 5 hours one way if driving. You can also travel from Queenstown on a Coach with an inclusive Cruise experience, fly, or take a helicopter; all of which provide you with a distinct perspective.


What to Do

This is Queenstown – what is there not to do! There are many options for adventure seekers or the more leisurely traveller. Activities such as skydiving, bungy jumping and flying through the air on a zipline, whitewater rafting, jet boating and windsurfing are easily accessible. To get good value for the activities look out for combo package deals that combine the things you want to do into one price package, saving you money while allowing you to experience more of what is on offer.


Getting Around

The best way to explore New Zealand is by car. There is also reasonable public transport in most places. If the majority of your time is going to be in the central part of Queenstown, the public bus system has routes around town and to Wanaka and Arrowtown. Get the public bus Go Card as it is a great way to save money with its discounted multi-day options; for unlimited travel, buy the seven-day pass.

If you intend to go to Milford Sound from Queenstown, it is about a 5 hour one-way trip. You may want to consider the coach and cruise combo which makes the experience and cruise of the fiord seamless, enjoyable and relaxing.


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