For many years, people have been drawn to our beautiful lake and alpine areas around Queenstown, starting with early Maori who came in search of Pounamu (greenstone). European settlers followed, with sights set on fertile grazing land. They discovered a whole lot more when shining gold lit up the region’s waterways! A gold rush sprang up overnight in the 1860s, marking the start of an international fascination with the Queenstown region.
Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience our awe-inspiring scenery, to search for adventure, to seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or just to breathe our pure mountain air. Adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have all been drawn to our magical region and its intense alpine energy.
Why visit Queenstown?
Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Our region is renowned for our incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Apart from our winter sports, nearly all activities can be enjoyed all year round - Queenstown's a four season resort with distinct and beautiful seasons.
One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
We're proud to host a fantastic range of events in every season. Whether you’re into festivals and concerts, sporting events, wine and food, markets or family fun, our Queenstown events calendar will serve up something perfect for you. Many events are free, most are family-friendly and all are memorable.