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New Zealand Attractions / January 31, 2020

A map of Queenstown city centre with street-level detail and recommendations on places to visit and things to do in and around Queenstown New Zealand.

About Queenstown

More and more development is taking place in Queenstown, and in a short amount of years it has grown from being a busy little town to a busy city, so much so that it is almost always peak season in Queenstown.

There are approximately 28, 224 people living in the Queenstown-Lakes district, so it can still be seen as a town when you compare it to Christchurch. The reason I call it a small city is because it has several fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King – somthing many other towns in the neighborhood do not have.

How to get to Queenstown

You can get to Queenstown either by road or by air. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown.

You can avoid spending so much time on the road by flying to Queenstown because it has a small international airport with flights arriving from Australia and from within New Zealand.

The airport is located in a suburb called Frankton and lies about 8 km (5 mi) from the city center. You can get from the airport to the city center by bus, taxi, or car.

If you want to catch a bus, check out the services offered by Connectabus. Catching a taxi to the city center will generally cost around $20 to $30. You can also drive yourself by renting a car and picking it up at the airport.

There are no train services to or from Queenstown. Refer to the article for information on how to get to Queenstown if you do not have a car.

Queenstown attractions and activities

The main attractions in Queenstown are Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, and other mountains and ski fields in the area.

Most tourists visit Queenstown for skiing and snowboarding in winter, but you can do much more in Queenstown year-round.

Queenstown is the bungy jumping capital of New Zealand and the location to be for other adrenaline pumping activities such as canyon swinging and paragliding.

In addition, many activities can be booked and start in Queenstown, with activity operators offering pickups from hotels and motels. For example, while you could drive all the way to Milford Sound to experience a cruise, if you're short on time, you could fly to Milford Sound, do the cruise, and then fly back.

All with pick-up and drop-off at the Queenstown hotel you're staying at. And it only takes you half a day. I did the Fly-Cruise-Fly tour back in 2001 when I traveled to New Zealand alone and must say it was great!

Queenstown is also a good destination for day walks (click on any "Day walk" icon on the for more information) that take you up in the mountains and provide some spectacular scenery around Lake Wakatipu.

And if you happen to get bored in Queenstown, you could always do one of several scenic drives around Queenstown to enjoy spectacular New Zealand scenery, or drive to Wanaka and have fun there.

From Queenstown, you can go on several scenic drives such as the Queenstown - Kingston scenic drive, the Queenstown - Cromwell scenic drive, the Queenstown - Glenorchy scenic drive, or the scenic drive up to Crown Range.

Queenstown map instructions

Use the plus and minus buttons to zoom in and out of the map to see more or less detail on the map. Click and hold down the left mouse button, then drag the map to move the map around. Click on an icon to get more information about a Queenstown walk, scenic drive, or place to visit.

Figure 1. Map of Queenstown city center, South Island, New Zealand.

Meaning of icons on the Queenstown map

Walking Trail
Scenic Drive
Scenic Panoramic Viewpoint

Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.