Attractions

Lake in Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu

Shaped like a cartoon lightning bolt, Lake Wakatipu is NZ's third-largest lake. It reaches a depth of 379m, meaning the lake bed actually sits below sea level. Five rivers flow into it but only one (the Kawarau) flo…
Park in Queenstown

Queenstown Gardens

Set on its own tongue of land framing Queenstown Bay, this pretty park is the perfect city escape right within the city. Laid out in 1876, it features an 18-'hole' frisbee golf course, an ice-skating rink, skate par…
Cable Car in Queenstown

Skyline Gondola

Hop aboard for fantastic views as the gondola squeezes through pine forest to its grandstand location 400m above Queenstown. At the top there's the inevitable cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop and observation deck, as…
Winery in Queenstown

Gibbston Valley

The area's oldest commercial winery (established in the early 1980s) is such a large complex it looks impersonal, but offers the very personal touch of tours of the winery ($35) and NZ's largest wine cave ($17.50). …
Winery in Queenstown

Peregrine

Peregrine by name, peregrine by design…the award-winning construction of the cellar door, shaped a bit like a falcon's wing in flight, looks particularly modern sat beside the old Kawarau Station woolshed and sheare…
Zoo in Queenstown

Kiwi Birdlife Park

These two hectares are home to 10,000 native plants, tuatara and scores of birds, including kiwi, kea, NZ falcons, parakeets and extremely rare black stilts. Stroll around the aviaries, watch the conservation show a…
Winery in Queenstown

Chard Farm

The most picturesque of the Gibbston wineries, Chard Farm's rustic cellar door is reached by a precipitous 2km road overlooking the Kawarau Bridge Bungy. Tastings are free if you purchase, or $10 if not. Sorry, hous…
Viewpoint in Queenstown

Underwater Observatory

Six windows showcase life under the lake in this reverse aquarium (the people are behind glass) beneath the KJet office. Large brown trout abound, and look out for freshwater eels and scaup ducks, which dive past th…
Church in Queenstown

St Peter's Anglican Church

This pretty 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 John Ah Tong, a Chinese immigran…