Queenstown
New Zealand
By Hannah Shambroom

Known as New Zealand’s premier resort city, Queenstown offers endless attractions to visitors of all ages and interests. Through all four seasons this lakeside alpine city, located in a southwestern region of the country’s South Island, acts as a popular destination for tourists looking for adventure. Resting on the inlet of Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, the city is a cultural oasis with easy access to the water and the mountains. Whether you’re hoping to scale a glacier, bungee jump off a rock face, or water-ski through crystal waters, WhatsCheaper.com invites you to dive into adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Fly directly into the Queenstown Airport (ZQN), located about 6 miles west of the center of town in Frankton, New Zealand. While the majority of flights scheduled through this airport are domestic, there are several daily international flights through Australia. This provides travelers with an excellent excuse to explore the Australian continent before hopping across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. Queenstown is the perfect place to begin your journey on the island! WhatsCheaper.com can assist in booking your flight reservations; click (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to get started today. WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with your accommodations using our hotel booker (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

Flying in over forests, mountains, and rivers, you might recognize the beautiful landscapes of Queenstown from Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fans of the films can take a professionally guided tour of the locations used in shooting Middle-Earth. WhatsCheaper.com suggests booking a spot in one of the many tours departing from Queenstown daily.

Hobbits aren’t your thing? Not to worry, there’s more to Queenstown than the Shire. The city is a resort town with an edgy twist – one that will appeal to adventure tourists and extreme sport enthusiasts. Jet boarding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and river surfing are all available for the most daring of visitors. WhatsCheaper.com recommends taking in a birds-eye view of the unique terrain through a skydiving or paragliding trip.

For the acrophobes, what better way to view the skyline than from the water? Rent a jet ski and cruise through the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu. WhatsCheaper.com suggests booking a day tour on the TSS Earnslaw, a one hundred year old traditional coal fired steamship. For a panoramic view of the city without the anxiety-inducing freefall of a skydive, WhatsCheaper.com recommends an easy hike up Ben Lomond, a 5,735 ft summit. Due to its proximity to the mountains, Queenstown is a major center for snow sports in New Zealand. In wintertime, skiers and snowboarders alike come in from around the globe to hit the slopes at one of the area’s four well-known mountain resorts.

If dad is into less extreme, more traditional sporting activities, go out for a day of fly-fishing. Even better, take him to one of the city’s renowned golf clubs, know for having some of the most picturesque courses in the world.

If hardcore adventure isn’t your primary interest, there are plenty of other more mellow options available for visitors to Queenstown.  WhatsCheaper.com suggests exploring one of the many walking and biking trails, taking a sightseeing tour, or even pampering yourself with a spa treatment and boutique shopping in the city center. Downtown has excellent food and drinking options. Whether you’re wanting to unwind after a long day of adventure, or hoping to indulge with a good meal, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Queenstown. Known locally for its delicious cuisine and fine wines, the area is in the heart of the world’s southernmost wine region. WhatsCheaper.com recommends finding a cozy bistro and ordering a glass of a local pinot noir – supposedly the region’s best reviewed wine.

Queenstown also boasts a vibrant nightlife, and the downtown area is replete with bars and jazz clubs. Music enthusiasts should book their trips for the end of October to catch Jazzfest, an annual international jazz festival featuring five days of music and over one hundred performers.

Whether you’re looking to be transported into a fantasy world, experience extreme adventure, or simply relax in a beautiful setting, Queenstown, New Zealand truly has it all. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to begin your exploration of this unique city today!

MUST SEE IN Queenstown LIST:

  • 1. Nevis Swing
  • 2. Onsen Hot Pools
  • 3. Queenstown Garden
  • 4. Moke Lake
  • 5. Coronet Peak
  • 6. Queenstown Mall
  • 7. Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • 8. Arrow River
  • 9. Lasseters Wharf Casino
  • 10. Chard Farm Vineyard

Queenstown EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Peak Festival - January
  • 2. Summer Camp NZ - January
  • 3. Moke Lake Triathlon - March
  • 4. Gibbston Harvest Festival - March
  • 5. Corona Dirt Masters Downhill - April
  • 6. Arrowtown Autumn Festival - April
  • 7. Queenstown Winter Festival - June/July
  • 8. 42 Below Cocktail World Cup - September
  • 9. World Netball Festival - November
  • 10. Summerdaze - December

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Hilton Queenstown
Kawarau Village, Peninsula Rd, Queenstown, New Zealand
By Kate Shirley

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is both a scenic reprieve and the “Adventure Capital of the World.” The Queenstown Hilton, situated between the sparkling Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Southern Alps, is the perfect hotel to take in all that this modern and exhilarating city has to offer.  The hotel is only a five minute drive from Queenstown International airport and a 10 minute drive to the lively cafes, bars and restaurants of the city center. The Queenstown Hilton perfectly balances the fun and convenience of a central location with the quiet serenity of nature.

To complement the ruggedly beautiful natural surroundings, all rooms at the Queenstown Hilton are decorated in an “alpine style” with warm and cozy earth tones to help you fully relax.  All rooms feature the comforts of home such as gas fireplaces, LCD TVs, high speed internet, and roomy showers and tubs. When you upgrade to a Relaxation Room you’ll be rewarded with a private terrace complete with a hot tub and breathtaking views of the lakeside or mountains. For even more privacy the Hilton Lakeside Residences are airy and stylish open one and two bedroom apartments with homey amenities.

When you’re ready to explore all that Queenstown has to offer, the knowledgeable staff at the Queenstown Hilton will help you plan perfect itineraries whether it’s golf, skiing, spa days, shopping, hiking, eating, or any the adventure sports that draws you to this city. After exciting days of sightseeing you can unwind at the Wakatipu Grill for an evening of fresh and delightful New Zealand specialties on the lakefront. The Queenstown Hilton also features an international wine bar, cozy coffee shop, and welcoming pub.

Boasting endless amenities and easy access all of Queenstown’s thrilling activities, the Queenstown Hilton is the perfect place to stay in stunning New Zealand. Book cheap and easy through WhatsCheaper.com: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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