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Queenstown & Fiordland

Located on the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown and the Fiordland region offer a melting pot of active experiences and culinary delights that are unparalleled to anywhere else on Earth.

What you’ll love most about Queenstown & Fiordland

  • Queenstown is just two hours by car from Lake Te Anau, so considered a superb gateway to Fiordland on the west coast and its many treasures such as Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Manapouri
  • If you’re seeking adventure, Queenstown has it all, from bungy jumping, jet-boat rides, white-water rapids, skydiving, paragliding and even heli-skiing in the winter months between June and October
  • While Fiordland does offer jet-boat rides and helicopter trips, the pace of activities here is somewhat more relaxed. Think kayaking and leisurely day hikes
  • Why not spend several days in Fiordland and take an overnight boat cruise on Milford or Doubtful sound? Spend time at the magical Te Anau Gloworm Caves or explore Milford’s depths on a scuba trip
  • Back in Queenstown, take the gondola to Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of The Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu, unwind at the Onsen Hot Pools or immerse yourself in the city’s food and wine scene

Where to Book

  • Leisure boat on Milford Sound, Fiordland - Tourism New Zealand/Matt Crawford

  • Horse riding in Glenorchy, Queenstown - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Riding Coronet Peak, Queenstown

  • Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

  • Jet boating on Waiau River, Fiordland - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Cleddau Valley, Milford Sound Road, Fiordland - Tourism New Zealand

  • Dining with a view over Queenstown

  • Cardrona Distillery, Wanaka

  • Bungy, Shotover Canyon, Queenstown - Tourism New Zealand/Shotover Canyon Swing

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 22℃
  • 22℃
  • 19℃
  • 15℃
  • 12℃
  • 8℃
  • 8℃
  • 10℃
  • 13℃
  • 15℃
  • 18℃
  • 20℃
  • 8
  • 6
  • 8
  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 8
  • 10
  • 9
  • 10
  • 8
  • 12

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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