Viewpoint in Queenstown

Underwater Observatory

Six windows showcase life under the lake in this reverse aquarium (the people are behind glass). Large brown trout abound, and look out for freshwater eels and scaup (diving ducks), which cruise right past the windo…
Zoo in Queenstown

Kiwi Birdlife Park

These five acres are home to 10,000 native plants, tuatara and scores of birds, including kiwi, kea, moreporks, parakeets and extremely rare black stilts. Stroll around the aviaries, watch the conservation show, and…
Cable Car in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola

Hop aboard for fantastic views. At the top there's the inevitable cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and observation deck, as well as the Queenstown Bike Park, Skyline Luge, Ledge Bungy, Ledge Swing and Ziptrek Ecotour…
Winery in Queenstown

Chard Farm

The most picturesque of the Gibbston wineries, Chard Farm is reached by a precipitous 2km road starting almost opposite the Kawarau Bridge.
Winery in Queenstown

Gibbston Valley

The area's oldest commercial winery (established in the early 1980s), Gibbston Valley makes excellent pinot noir and has a large visitor complex incorporating a restaurant and a 'cheesery'. Tours of the winery and t…
Winery in Queenstown


Peregrine is one of Gibbston's top wineries, producing excellent sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling and, of course, pinot noir. Also impressive is the winery's architecture – a bunker-like building with a roof re…
Church in Queenstown

St Peter's Anglican Church

This pretty wood-beamed stone building (1932) has colourful stained glass and an impressive gilded and painted organ. Take a look at the eagle-shaped cedar lectern, carved and donated in 1874 by Ah Tong, a Chinese i…
Farm in Queenstown

Walter Peak Farm

The TSS Earnslaw heads here for sheepdog and shearing demonstrations.
Park in Queenstown

Queenstown Gardens

Set on its own little tongue of land framing Queenstown Bay, this pretty park was laid out in 1876 by those garden-loving Victorians as a place to promenade. The clothes may have changed (they've certainly shrunk), …
Lake in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a perfect cartoon thunderbolt, this gorgeous lake has a 212km shoreline and reaches a depth of 379m (the average depth is over 320m). Five rivers flow into it but only one (the Kawarau) flows out, making…