Explore romantic Queenstown City Centre: its lake views, food, skiing, and more!

Panoramic lake views, gourmet restaurants, and top sights from Skyline Gondola to Lake Wakatipu—discover Queenstown City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

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Top Hotels in Queenstown City Centre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
4 out of 5
27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
$85/night
Sep 15 - Sep 16
4.2/5Very Good! (1,514 reviews)

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 0.8 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,514 reviews)

"friendly staff, great lake views, clean and modern room"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
$120/night
Sep 10 - Sep 11
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,262 reviews)

This family-friendly Queenstown hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Williams Cottage and Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown Gardens and Skyline Gondola ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,262 reviews)

"Everything was great. Would have preferred a slightly spacious room for 3 people though.,cheers"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
3.5 out of 5
38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
$85/night
Sep 6 - Sep 7
3.7/5Good! (2,643 reviews)

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Steamer Wharf, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown Gardens. Skyline Gondola is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (2,643 reviews)

"Very good staff, and rooms are fine the veiw was amazing wuld definitely go back 👍👍"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

Popular things to do in Queenstown City Centre

Skyline Gondola
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Skyline Gondola

Take one of the world’s steepest cable-car rides to the top of picturesque Bob’s Peak for views across Lake Wakatipu and beyond.

Queenstown Hill
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Queenstown Hill

Walk through lush forest, enjoy a good workout and be rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables from this sacred mountain.

Kiwi and Birdlife Park
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Kiwi and Birdlife Park

Your best chance to see New Zealand’s national bird is at this fascinating wildlife sanctuary.

Steamer Wharf
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Steamer Wharf

Queenstown’s vibrant entertainment precinct is the perfect place to sample regional delicacies, mix with locals and enjoy the stunning views across Lake Wakatipu.

TSS Earnslaw Steamship
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TSS Earnslaw Steamship

Cruise in style across Lake Wakatipu, on this century-old steamship, which once carried Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Queenstown Beach
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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.

Top activities in Queenstown City Centre

Milford Sound Cruiser - Coach & Cruise Full-Day Tour
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Milford Sound Cruiser - Coach & Cruise Full-Day Tour

$83

The beautiful setting of Milford Sound is waiting to be discovered on this comprehensive tour. Explore for yourself on this scenic coach ride and fjord cruise. With glacial features, wild flora and fauna, and picturesque backdrops, this full-day tour offers all the allure this region has to offer.

Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Lunch
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Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise with Lunch

$123

Join our seamless day trip to Milford Sound on board brand new glass-roofed coaches connecting with a spacious purpose built catamaran. Board the coach in Queenstown and travel alongside Lake Wakatipu and through farming countryside to Te Anau where you will enjoy a short rest stop.

Skyline Gondola Admission & Dining in Stratosfare
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Skyline Gondola Admission & Dining in Stratosfare

$51

No restaurant in Queenstown can compete with Stratosfare for views. See for yourself with a memorable dining experience high above town. Take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to the summit of Bob’s Peak, and enjoy a sumptuous meal in spectacular surroundings.

Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour
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Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari Tour

$126

For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

$161

Step aboard a spacious catamaran to cruise into the untouched waters of Doubtful Sound. With knowledgeable guides describing this pristine landscape's landmarks and wildlife, take in the remote majesty of the waterways and mountains in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Private Tour Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook & Tekapo (Including Lunch)
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Private Tour Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook & Tekapo (Including Lunch)

$293

Around 12 hrs drive including stops from Queenstown will take you to the garden city of New Zealand, Christchurch. • Pick-up from your hotel or preferred location in Queenstown. • Drive through beautiful vineyards of Otago Region.

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