Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four-season alpine and lake resort. Sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the majestic Remarkables Range above, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round. There’s plenty to do, plenty to see and seasonal jobs if you’re looking for work in New Zealand.

Things to do in Queenstown

Do something that scares and thrills you! Take your pick of adventure sports like jet boating, white water rafting, skydiving and paragliding. Queenstown is also the world capital and home of bungy jumping, so there’s no better place to do it! If you’re planning on bungy jumping in Queenstown, there are several options, including the original Kawarau Gorge bridge, the Nevis and the Ledge.

Visit Milford Sound. Queenstown is the starting point for day tours to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Go skiing or snowboarding at one of the many Queenstown skifields: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona.

Get stunning views from the top of Queenstown Hill. Take the gondola to the top and luge on your way down!

Visit Paradise. No, seriously! A short trip along the lake to the tiny town of Glenorchy yields amazing views – but then follow the signs to the area that is officially heaven on earth. You might recognise it from a little movie series called The Lord of the Rings… 

Go on a wine tour – the surrounding Central Otago region is famous for its New Zealand wines, especially pinot noir.

Enjoy the foodie culture in Queentown. There are food options to suit every budget, from cheap eats to fine dining. The famous Fergburger should be top of your list. You’ll love these giant burgers so much you’ll want them for every meal – but be prepared for big queues at peak times. They’re just that good!

Getting to Queenstown

InterCity has buses to Queenstown from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and towns along the West Coast. Catch a bus to Queenstown from $1.