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Queenstown Beach

Surrounded by postcard-perfect scenery, this urban beach on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu is a destination for swimming, water sports and jet boating.

Spend a day enjoying water sports and dining with unbeatable views at Queenstown Beach. This small beach is at the water’s edge of Queenstown’s town centre on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Beach is a short strip of sand and shingle beach, framed by a lush green lawn that’s ideal for those that don’t want to get sand in their shoes.

The beach is perfect to enjoy on one of Queenstown’s long summer days, when the sun stays up until late in the evening. Lay down a towel and bask in the sunshine and take a swim in the cool, shallow water. Admire the views of jagged mountain peaks, such as Mount Nicholas and Walter Peak. In winter months, heavy snowfall on the mountains makes the views even more spectacular.

Go to the Main Pier, at the northern edge of the beach, to find tour operators and water sport centres. Rent aqua bikes, kayaks, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards to explore the lake at your own pace. Half- and full-day guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours are also possible. While you are on the water, visit neighbourhoods on Lake Wakatipu, including Kelvin Heights and Sunshine Bay.

Sign up for one of the jet boat rides that depart from the pier. Zip across the lake and along the Kawarau and Shotover rivers at speeds of up to 85 kilometres (53 miles) per hour. Experience 360-degree spins and catch a glimpse of the surrounding mountain landscape. Change the pace and join fishing excursions to cast a line into the lake for salmon and trout.

Running behind the Main Pier is Beach Street, a commercial zone lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Eat and drink at Chinese and Indian restaurants, pubs and an ice bar. Browse the work of local artists at independent galleries. Nearby is The Mall where you will find a range of bars and restaurants.

Queenstown Beach is just a short walk from the accommodation options located in Queenstown’s town centre. Parking is available for a fee on the town centre streets. At the southern end of the beach is a path that connects to pretty Queenstown Gardens.


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Lodging Near Queenstown Beach

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Millennium Hotel Queenstown $89
Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,499 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Church of St Peters, Queenstown Mall, and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market. Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Arts Centre are also within 10 minutes.

    Heritage Queenstown $105
    Heritage Queenstown

    Heritage Queenstown

    91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 2,046 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of SKYCITY Wharf Casino, Kiwi and Birdlife Park, and Skyline Gondola. Steamer Wharf and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown $81
      Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

      Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

      38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 2,365 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of SKYCITY Wharf Casino, Steamer Wharf, and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market. Toi o Tahuna and TSS Earnslaw Steamship are also within 10 minutes.

        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview $85
        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

        88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,323 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St Peters, Queenstown Arts Centre, and Queenstown Ice Arena. Queenstown Mall and Williams Cottage are also within 10 minutes.

          Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront $86
          Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

          Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

          27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,276 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St Peters, Queenstown Ice Arena, and Queenstown Mall. Williams Cottage and Queenstown Arts Centre are also within 10 minutes.

            Heartland Hotel Queenstown $90
            Heartland Hotel Queenstown

            Heartland Hotel Queenstown

            27 Stanley Street, Queenstown
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 840 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Queenstown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queenstown Arts Centre, Queenstown Mall, and Church of St Peters. Queenstown Ice Arena and Williams Cottage are also within 10 minutes.

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown $114
              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

              Beach Street, Queenstown
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 1,031 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Queenstown, this luxury hotel is steps from SKYCITY Wharf Casino, Steamer Wharf, and TSS Earnslaw Steamship. Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market and Fear Factory Queenstown are also within 5 minutes.

                Novotel Queenstown Lakeside $107
                Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

                Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

                Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 2,064 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Williams Cottage and Church of St Peters. Queenstown Mall and Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market are also within 5 minutes.