Queenstown |The Ultimate Travel Guide

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A hot spot for extreme adventure sport enthusiasts and snow bunnies, Queenstown is the ultimate destination for anyone seeking a high octane, outdoor adventure.

During summer, white water rafting, canyon swinging and sky-diving are prime activities to fill your schedule with while during winter, it's all about skiing and snowboarding on some of the nation's best snow fields. This includes Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Treble Cone.

Queenstown has its own airport, which receives international and domestic flights, making it easily accessible from major Australian cities as well as other New Zealand destinations including Auckland and Christchurch.

Gearing up for an adventure of a lifetime? You won't find better this side of the hemisphere than in Queenstown.

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Getting around in Queenstown

With Queenstown being an adventure hub filled with adrenaline-pumping activities, we share the top ways to get to your favourite thrill.

We've detailed your options regarding how to get around the city, how to get to its surrounding areas and how to get up the mountains with ease.

Queenstown public transport

The city centre of Queenstown, where you can find travel agencies, restaurants and bars, is compact and walkable. Most of the city's accommodations are within a kilometre of the centre.

  • Types of transport. Bus services in Queenstown are with Connectabus. You can find water taxis around town and you can book shuttle buses to reach destinations for adventure activities.
  • Paying for transport. You can buy the GoCard for $5 and top it up with a minimum of $10. The card saves you 10% off the fair price for Connectabus. If you're staying for a week, you can get a weekly pass for $47 which provides you with unlimited travel (not including Wanaka). Cash fare is also accepted.
  • Best apps for getting around. An app is currently in development to track public transport.
  • Getting to the snowfields. Shuttles need to be booked in advance to reach Queenstown's more difficult to get to adventure spots. There are a number of shuttles to get you to your destinations, such as Kiwi Discovery, Tracknet and Real Journeys.

Taxis and Rideshare

Taxi. You can pre-book taxis or catch one from designated taxi stands. Taxis are available directly outside of the airport terminal.

Rideshare. Ola and Uber are both available in Queenstown.

Airport transfers in Queenstown

Queenstown's airport is only about 7km from town. If you're looking for a seamless airport-to-city journey, you can pre-book airport transfers from sites like Viator and Jayride -- some even offer to stop off at attractions along the way.

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