Say kia ora to the adventure capital of the world and get ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime.
Nestled on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is not only a breathtaking city (no, literally, it might take your breath away) but also a heart-stopping place full of adventure. Characterized by its mountain ranges, sweeping lakes, and adrenaline-pumping activities, this resort town will provide you with a ton of jaw-dropping photos and even more unforgettable moments. From shooting along the Shotover river at 85kph on your Queenstown tour to relaxing with a glass of champagne in an onsen pool, Queenstown (Tahuna in Maori) is quite simply, nothing short of remarkable. Whether you've just finished a premium South Island Tour of New Zealand or you're waiting to begin a cycle New Zealand tour, make sure you check this town off your bucket list.
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If you're traveling to Queenstown from a different part of New Zealand then the quickest and easiest way to do it would be via taking a flight into Queenstown airport with daily flights landing from destinations such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. However driving to Queenstown is also an option as all major highways are clearly marked with directions and offer easy transportation into the town with a scenic view along the way.
Getting around Queenstown is fairly easy with a bunch of different transportation options. If you traveled to Queenstown by car or want to hire one on your arrival then getting around Queenstown is quick and efficient with generous parking available in the town center. Alternately, Queenstown has an excellent public transportation system with the local bus network providing fares for $2 to all major suburbs within the town.
The weather in Queenstown is very different across the four seasons, from cold and snowy Winters to long and hot Summers. Some days in Queenstown can also feel like a mixture of a few seasons in one! Sitting against the Southern Alps, Summers in Queenstown can see temperatures between 20°C and 30°C, with Winters dropping down to 5°C. Despite these temperatures, Queenstown sees visitors at any time of the year, with lots do across the four seasons.
What to pack for Queenstown largely depends on what time of the year you're going in. As Winters can be quite cold, rainproof jackets, insulated clothing, and thick jumpers and coats are recommended, as well as gloves, socks, and beanies. If you're traveling in Summer then the temperature can be quite hot so dresses, t-shirts, shorts are acceptable. Remember to pack sunscreen to put on before you go outside to protect you against the sun's UV rays. It's also a good idea to bring sensible hiking boots or walking shoes as there are many trails in Queenstown you might want to explore.
Hiring a car in Queenstown is relatively easy. If you're flying into Queenstown from other parts of New Zealand, then you can hire a car easily from the airport with 9 car rental companies to choose from. The average cost of renting a car in Queenstown is roughly $36 per day and varies on the type of car you rent and how long you need it for.
For the months between April and September New Zealand uses NZST (New Zealand Standard Time) and from October to March, New Zealand observes daylight savings and so switches to NZDT (New Zealand Daylight Time). During NZST, New Zealand is 2 hours in front of the time in Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, and 19 hours in front of Los Angeles time.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. Queenstown prides itself on providing accessible and inclusive adventures so everyone's able to experience the many activities that this town has to offer, and have a whole heap of accommodation with disabled access for ultimate convenience.