An outdoor-lover's holiday dream
A holiday in Queenstown is an outdoor-lover's dream. But don't dismiss it if you're thinking you'd prefer something more sedate; you might equally enjoy the region's day spas or a tour of several of the 75 local wineries.
The place to truly drink in the area is from 450 metres atop Bob's Peak, reached by the Skyline Gondola. Depending on what you've sampled at the mountaintop bar and restaurant, you may not want to luge back down the mountain but you've got the option. If you're a ski/snowboard bunny, there are 5 international-standard areas to choose from (season is mid-June–early October) but Queenstown enjoys an apres-ski atmosphere all year. Festival fans will love the Winter Festival (held in June) and Summerdaze (all January).
Whatever your budget, you'll find fine food and accommodation to suit; thankfully waterfront stays are not exclusive to the top end of town. There's enough of Queenstown to go around.