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Best Queenstown car hire, transport and snow transfers

Discover all of Queenstown's adventure hot spots with transportation options that suit you best.

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.


Queenstown car hire rental companies

Avis

Budget

Europcar

Hertz

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, Ezi Car Rental, Jucy, Thrifty and Ace Rental Cars are on-site within the terminal or have an office within a three-minute walk of the airport.


Taxis and Uber

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

Uber. Uber is currently not available in Queenstown.


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Airport transfers

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.

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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