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Queenstown is an all-year-round travel destination with its clearly defined seasons, a dry climate and majestic mountainous landscape, but when the snow arrives, the entire region becomes a winter wonderland. A snow covered landscape and exciting variety of winter activities makes Queenstown one of the world’s best winter holiday destinations.
With increasing direct air services, Queenstown is such an easy place to get to. The snow line in winter is generally somewhere around 1000m above sea level so while it is cool, it will not stop you from taking part in some fantastic outdoor activities.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow (in its many different forms) in and around Queenstown, from the two Ice Bars in town and ice skating at the gardens ice rink, to the magnetic mountain tops surrounding the town. Both skiing and boarding take some level of skill, physical aptitude and dedication of a number of days to gain proficiency. Snowshoeing, on the other hand, is very quick and easy to master and is suitable for all snow-novices - kids and adults alike.
Eat, drink and be merry. With an impressive selection of drinking and dining options in Queenstown, whatever your budget, whatever your taste, you will not be disappointed. Famous for its Pinot Noir, the region boasts a number of impressive and internationally renowned wineries, offering tasting and dining opportunities that will delight even the most discerning visitors. More casual restaurant options are available in the area, so you don’t have to go too far for a great bite.
There are plenty of places to stay in Queenstown, with a range of accommodation options to suit any budget. Hostels, resorts, boutique hotels or private luxury lodges can all be found in the area.
You’ll find more exciting adventure excursions in and around Queenstown than anywhere else in New Zealand. We strongly recommend you 'go Kiwi' and include an exhilarating Shotover Jet ride, or an exploring Dart River Jet trip deep into the World Heritage Area of Mount Aspiring National Park. Either way the jet boat is a New Zealand invention, and this is definitely the place to experience a jet boat ride. Here are a few other great options to get you started:
Marvel at the awe inspiring Franz Josef Glacier as it towers 2700m above sea level. Franz Josef Glacier Guides make it easy to explore the dramatic glacier scenery with guided walks, ice climbing adventures and glacier heli hikes that are bound to impress and excite.
Explore the breathtaking Queenstown backcountry, from the pristine West Coast beach and vibrant native bird life, to the glacial valleys and magnificent Southern Alps. Come and discover what makes New Zealand so special.
Let the wonderful wilderness unwind in front your eyes as you follow the dynamic Dart River in style. Take it at your own pace in a Funyak inflatable kayak, or go fast and furious with an exhilarating wilderness jet boat ride.