Queenstown travel guide

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You're Going to Love Queenstown

One of the most beautiful cities on New Zealand's South Island, Queenstown offers year-round adventure to both budget-conscious and luxury travelers. A town built on activity, the city offers numerous opportunities for outdoor sports including biking, hiking, golfing, and horseback riding, as well as bungee jumping and whitewater rafting, to really get the adrenaline pumping.

At the end of the day, you'll return home and drink in the stunning scenery of Lake Wakatipu, which hosts reflections of the mountains and stars throughout the day and night. You also may choose to drink in local brews at one of the city's 50+ bars, as Queenstown is renowned for its nightlife. Don't worry, though: if you're looking for peace and quiet, there are plenty of laid-back neighborhoods to explore as well.

Whether you're interested in the history and culture of the Arrowtown district, or the backpacker scene at the brew-pubs, there's plenty to explore in Queenstown. Come down and enjoy a gem set in the South Island's Southern Alps.

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When to Visit Queenstown

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Queenstown truly is an all-seasons experience. Winters (from June - August) provide snow for skiing with average temperatures hovering around 39 degrees Fahrenheit, while summers (from December - February) see temperatures hover around 60 degrees Fahrenheit - perfect for hiking, biking, and numerous other sports.

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How to Get to Queenstown

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Where to Stay in Queenstown

If you're looking to party, the center of town should be right for you. If not, one of the neighborhoods on the outskirts will offer peace and quiet during the nighttime hours. Nomads Queenstown has been voted the Best Hostel in New Zealand multiple times. Meanwhile, the Rees Hotel has been serving guests for almost 150 years and features New Zealand wool carpets and heated bathroom floors.

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You'll be able to pick up souvenirs in the town center, which often features inflated prices due to the influx of tourists. You'll also find lots of shops at the Queenstown Mall and at Steamer Wharf. Shops also offer luxury items from throughout New Zealand to guests willing to pay. Meanwhile, hikers and adventurers will have no problem stocking up or replacing gear at Queenstown's outdoor shops.

Groceries and Other

Queenstown has three big supermarkets towards the edge of town: FreshChoice, Pak'n Save, and Four Square (which has an outlet near the intercity bus stop). Two small outlets lie within the city center. A pound of apples can be bought for NZ$1.50, while a loaf of bread fetches NZ$1.90. Meat can be expensive, with a pound of chicken fetching nearly NZ$8 in local markets.

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Where to Eat in Queenstown

As one might expect, Queenstown is home to dozens of restaurants, with flavors from all over the world finding their place in town. While some choose to leave the city and eat lunch in the Gibbston Valley wineries, there are plenty of fine dining options in Queenstown, including the Ballarat Trading Co. and Fishbone Queenstown. Budget options include Hamills and Fergburger. Dinner at a casual restaurant will run about NZ$10, while fine dining will easily quadruple that bill.