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Queenstown Gardens

Play a round of disc golf, or join a touch-rugby match at these historic botanic gardens on the banks of Lake Wakatipu.

The Queenstown Gardens occupy a small peninsula on Lake Wakatipu, on the outskirts of Queenstown. Since 1867 the gardens have been a central feature of the town, and provide a tranquil break from the busy streets. Visit the gardens to see historic, heritage-listed trees, marvel at the views of The Remarkables mountain range, or enjoy sporting and leisure activities.
 
Primarily functioning as a botanical park, the Queenstown Gardens are home to a number of native and introduced species of trees, flowers and shrubs. The Queenstown area is well known for its Douglas firs, a species introduced to the area throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Walk through boulevards lined by some of the oldest examples of the Douglas fir in New Zealand, alongside other species of fir and oak. The English oaks were the first trees in the gardens, planted in 1866 by the first mayor of Queenstown.
 
Enjoy a game of tennis, or take the kids to the Queenstown skate park, both located within the gardens. Watch a game of ice hockey at the Queenstown Ice Arena, home to the Southern Stampede ice hockey team. Strap on some skates and glide across the ice yourself, as the rink is open to visitors when training and matches are not in progress.
 
The most unusual of the leisure activities in the Queenstown Gardens is also its most popular. Disc golf, or Frisbee golf, has been played in the gardens since the early 1980s and today you will find a complete 18-hole course. Bring along a disc and try it out for yourself. You can buy discs, maps and scorecards from a number of stores in town.
 
The Queenstown Gardens are located just outside the town center, on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. You can easily reach the gardens on foot from downtown, but there is free parking available if you come by car. The gardens are open every day and entry is free. Fees apply to use the facilities of the various sporting clubs within the gardens, although the disc golf course is free

Popular Activities at Queenstown Gardens

Make the most of your time spent at Queenstown Gardens. Below is a list of the best activities:

Trying out a Small-Group Scenic Segway Tour of Queenstown will make visiting this fascinating attraction even more memorable!

For more things to do, peruse our Queenstown things to do page.


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Millennium Hotel Queenstown $75
Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

32 Frankton Road, Queenstown
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Its a classic hotel and very good quality sleep at here. Breakfast is good

    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside $98
    Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019
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    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Fatastic location, just right infront of lake and center of shopping and dinning area, a large bautiful park is just beside. However, room size and shower area are a bit narrow.

      Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront $63
      Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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      Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

      Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

      27 Frankton Road, Queenstown
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Facilities were amazing very clean and good service, close to the town also

        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview $63
        Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019
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        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

        Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

        88 Frankton Road, Queenstown
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Handy to the Gardens for the Luma Festival. Staff were friendly and helpful.

          Heritage Queenstown $115
          Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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          Heritage Queenstown

          Heritage Queenstown

          91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nice comfortable room, friendly helpful staff, excellent location

            Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown $66
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

            Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

            38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
               
              3.7 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              3-5 minute walking distance to the shopping area.Car parking ( $15) worth it. LARGE rooms and the most comfortable EVER slept in. ( Betetr then my own bed). Breakfast was good, though some food a little cold, but full buffte. I have traveled 17 years as a Tour Company and this is one of my favoriets.I ...

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown $120
              Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

              Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

              93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great staff. The property is located in a walkable area close to several great attractions.

                QT Queenstown $130
                Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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                QT Queenstown

                QT Queenstown

                30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful location with lovely views. Easily walkable.