50 Best Queenstown Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Queenstown is a tourist town in the middle of the Southern Alps, in an area made famous historically by gold. With its own international airport, Queenstown is easy to access.

Top Attractions

Today Queenstown is famous for its wonderful ski-fields. The Remarkables live up to their name, overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakitipu, and Queenstown. They offer a large variety of skiing options. Coronet Peak is also in the area, and offers a roller coaster contoured ski field, a Skiwiland for kids and a Tubing park.


AJ Hackett is the founder of modern Bungy-Jumping and it is in Queenstown that his first venture took place. You can still jump today from the same location, at the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. The other adrenaline pumping activity that Queenstown is famous for is the Shotover Jet. A fast, furious ride up the Shotover River, in a Hamilton Jet, the boat designed to travel over shallow stoney rivers, doing 360-degree spins, and cutting close to the edges of the gorge is just incredible fun.


Shopping in Queenstown are well catered to travelers. Souvenir and craft shops abound. The best buy in the area is the fruit. In season, particularly in nearby Cromwell, a wonderful array of fruit is for sale on roadside markets.

Day Tours

Day trips from Queenstown across to Lake Wanaka to enjoy the beauty and activities of the lake there or in search of more skiing locations at Triple Cone or Cardrona. Try going south to Te Anau, the Gateway of the Fiordland National Park and the jewel of the area, Milford Sound.

50 Most Popular Attractions in Queenstown

1. Old Cromwell Town

  • Free
  • 64-3-445 1746
  • Old Cromwell Town Historic Reserve, Cornish Point, New Zealand
  • Sun 9am–1pm
  • 1

2. Lake Wanaka

  • Activity varies from $9-$1000
  • 64 3 443 1233
  • Lake Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
  • Daily
  • 9

3. Thrill Zone

  • Thrill Zone is a high energy award-winning activity centre with a variety of fun adventures; from their Vortex 12D motion simulator to intricate battle grounds for
  • $69 pp for Reball; $49 AUD pp for Laser Tag and Hero Blast
  • 03 442 3417
  • Thrill Zone, Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 10am-10pm daily
  • Website
  • 1

4. Odyssey Sensory Maze

  • Adult $29.50; Child $19.50
  • Odyssey Sensory Maze, 57 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-10pm

5. Lake Wakatipu

  • Free
  • Lake Wakatipu, Otago, New Zealand
  • Opens 24 hours
  • 3

Tickets & Tours

6. Shotover River

  • Free
  • Shotover River, Skippers, Otago, New Zealand
  • Opens 24 hours

Tickets & Tours

7. Chard Farm Winery

  • Wine tasting is Free
  • Chard Farm Vineyard, Gibbston, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm

8. Shotover Jet

  • Adults $145; Child $75
  • Shotover Jet, Gorge Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 6

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9. Ziptrek

  • Adult $135; Child $85
  • Ziptrek Ecotours, 45 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-7pm
  • 1

10. Peregrine Wines

  • Free
  • Peregrine Wines, Gibbston, Otago, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 1

11. Waitiri Creek Wines

  • Tasting fee is $8, but waived when you buy a bottle
  • Waitiri Creek Wines, 2323 Church Ln, Gibbston, Otago, New Zealand
  • Summer Months Daily 10am-5pm

12. Amisfield Bistro and Cellar Door

  • Wine tasting is $8
  • Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door, Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 11:30am-8pm
  • 1

13. Jack’s Point Golf Course and Clubhouse

  • $195
  • Jack's Point Golf Course & Clubhouse, Mcadam Drive, Kawarau Falls, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-6pm

14. AJ Hackett Bungy

  • Varies on the activity from $270-$375
  • AJ Hackett Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-8pm
  • 3

15. Queenstown Golf Centre

  • $95
  • Queenstown Golf Centre, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm


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