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Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, it’s rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people, golf courses, wineries and smorgasbord of outdoor activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown.

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Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $3525

Be amazed by the contrasts of the North and South Island on a 10 day First Choice guided expedition. Explore Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound and more!

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $2,219

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, cruise by boat through the glow worm caves at Waitomo, view mighty geysers in Rotorua and visit the picture perfect Milford Sound in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park.

Duration: 12 Days (10 Nights) $3,199

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, cruise by boat through the glow worm caves at Waitomo, view mighty geysers in Rotorua and visit the picture perfect Milford Sound in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park.

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $3400

Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island. Visit the rugged West Coast, enjoy two nights in picturesque Queenstown, cruise the Milford Sound, discover the Scottish town of Dunedin and marvel at the mighty Mt Cook.

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $1,609

The lower half of the South Island is breathtakingly beautiful. With towering peaks, vast open valleys, lofty waterfalls from steep green cliffs, glaciers and rugged coastlines you will weave through stunning scenery and explore one of the most pristine natural destinations on earth. Combine this with cosy villages, four season resorts, gourmet food, wineries and warm hospitality.

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $4721

Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island. Visit the rugged West Coast, enjoy two nights in picturesque Queenstown, cruise the Milford Sound, discover the Scottish town of Dunedin and marvel at the mighty Mt Cook.

Duration: 11 Days (10 Nights) $

If you'd prefer to travel in a small group, travel in style on board the Ultimate Coach, offering comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle. Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island over the festive season. Commencing in Christchurch enjoy a two night stay, marvel at the mighty Mt Cook, travel to Dunedin situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, cruise the Milford Sound and enjoy 2 nights in picturesque Queenstown where you will celebrate Christmas Day with a superb dinner with all the trimmings. Visit the rugged West Coast before boarding one of the great train journeys of the world, TranzAlpine.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $2,635

Travel at your own pace and drive around New Zealand with a self drive itinerary. Distances between attractions are short and well sign posted.

Duration: 16 Days (14 Nights) $3,442

Travel at your own pace and drive around New Zealand with a self drive itinerary. Distances between attractions are short and well sign posted.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $3,222

Experience the best of both countries combined on this itinerary. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, cruise by boat through the glow worm caves at Waitomo, view mighty geysers in Rotorua and visit the picture perfect Milford Sound in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. This is before taking the short flight to Australia to enjoy a lunch cruise on the Sydney Harbour, viewing Uluru (Ayers Rock) on an early morning sunrise tour and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $4,375

See New Zealand's vistas on a 14 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Discover Auckland on a city sights tour then travel onto Waitomo Caves to tour the unique Glow Worm Grotto before ending the day with a Maori cultural experience. Watch the Agrodome Sheep Show to gain an insight into farm life. Heading south, you'll take in the alpine scenery of Mt Ruapehu on the way to Wellington where you'll cross Cook Strait to the South Island. Get up close with the fur seals at Ohau Point and continue along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Christchurch. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational views of Mt. Cook. Enjoy a city tour of Dunedin with free time to explore the city your way. Be awe-struck by magical Milford Sound where you'll enjoy a relaxing cruise before heading to action packed Queenstown. You'll have a day at leisure to explore Queenstown your way before stopping at Arrowtown en route to the still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine Train traversing the kaleidoscopic Canterbury Plains and finish up in Christchurch.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $4018

Experience the natural beauty and unique culture of both the North and South Islands by modern coach without breaking the budget. Enjoy an extensive list of attractions including the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey. Includes a two night stay in exhilarating Queenstown, the 'coolest little capital', Wellington and cultural Rotorua.

Duration: 13 Days (12 Nights) $4,925

This fully escorted 13 days Australia & NZ Panorama visits the city sights of Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns plus the Barrier Reef with options to explore further.

Duration: 15 Days (14 nights) $3,085

Explore the Beauty of the South Island. This itinerary will introduce you to a wide variety of activities like kayaking in the Abel Tasman, Taking the Tranz Coastal Train, Visiting the Pancake Rocks, Walking the base of a glacier, Taking a cruise through Milford Sound.

Duration: 15 Days (14 Nights) $5,625

See New Zealand's splendor on a 15 Day North and South First Choice guided expedition. Be amazed by the Waitomo Caves, Wellington, Franz Josef Glacier, Mt Cook, Queenstown and more!

Duration: 16 Days (15 Nights) $4616

Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world's great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.

Duration: 18 Days (16 Nights) $5,724

Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world's great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.

Duration: 16 Days (15 Nights) $7314

Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South Islands without breaking the budget. This popular tour includes an extensive list of attractions including the breathtaking Milford Sound cruise and the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey, and finishes with 2 nights in the spectacular Bay of Islands.

Duration: 17 Days (16 Nights) $2,595

Discover the very best of New Zealand on Topdeck's Grand Kiwi tour between Auckland and Christchurch. From North Island's Bay of Islands and Tongariro National Park to South Island's Milford Sound and Fox Glacier, New Zealand's incredibly diverse natural beauty is revealed. Visit cool Wellington, quaint Christchurch and adventure capital Queenstown; anyone for a bungy jump?! As the locals would say, Topdeck's Grand Kiwi is sweet as bro!

Duration: 17 Days (16 Nights) $4,925

Be amazed by New Zealand's contrasting landscape on a 17 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Saunter along the picturesque Hibiscus Coast to the breathtaking Bay of Islands where you'll take a scenic cruise to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. You have free time to explore the Bay of Islands before travelling to Auckland then onto the Glow Worm Grotto of the Waitomo Caves where you'll wind your way through the caves. End the day with a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life then choose to see the sights of Rotorua your way. En route to Wellington, stop at spectacular Huka Falls and then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Meet the fur seals at Ohau Point the travel to see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mt Cook. Tour the sights of Dunedin and be awe-struck by the incredible sights of Fiordland National Park before enjoying free time in exciting Queenstown. Franz Josef, a rare and still advancing glacier is the next stop and choose to see its majesty on foot or from the air. Board the TranzAlpine Train where you'll pass the incredible scenery of the Southern Alps en route to Christchurch where your Guided Holiday finishes.

Duration: 18 Days (17 Nights) $6,795

Discover the best of New Zealand on an 18 day First Choice Guided Holiday. Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the magical Bay of Islands where you can choose from one of the many Included Choice sightseeing experiences. See the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve before dining at The Langham in Auckland. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then head south to the Waitomo Caves tracing New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato. You'll be amazed by the Glow Worm Grotto as you snake through the caves by boat with a local guide. Take an orientation tour of Rotorua upon arrival and finish your day with a Maori Hangi feast and concert. Experience Rotorua your way with a range of Included Choice sightseeing options before travelling to Huka Falls en route to Wellington. Cruise the Cook Strait to the South Island and enjoy a 'You're Invited' barbecue lunch on Morelea Sheep Farm. Continue south to Queenstown visiting Dunedin and the shores of Te Anau. Cruise on the majestic Milford Sound passing Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Choose from a range of Included Choice experiences in action packed Queenstown before heading to incredible Franz Josef Glacier. Watch a jade jewellery demonstration before continuing to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You'll then traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train finishing up in Christchurch.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $5,538

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes and the intriguing history of New Zealand at a leisurely pace. As well as discovering all the major attractions, including the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, also explore the lesser known regions such as Napier, a town famous for its beautifully preserved art deco architecture and the Wairarapa, a fine wine region with an off-the-beaten-track charm.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $6317

Designed for the rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand. Experience the romance of four spectacular rail journeys, the majesty of an exclusive overnight cruise in the Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. This fully escorted holiday of New Zealand will showcase scenery by rail, sea and road.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $5775

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes and the intriguing history of New Zealand at a leisurely pace. As well as discovering all the major attractions, including the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, also explore the lesser known regions such as Napier, a town famous for its beautifully preserved art deco architecture and the Wairarapa, a fine wine region with an off-the-beaten-track charm.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $8407

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of New Zealand all at a leisurely pace. Visit all the -must see' attractions through the North and South Islands as well as some of the lesser known regions such as the art deco city of Napier and the food and wine regions of the Wairarapa and Blenheim.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $9167

The ultimate small group tour combining four spectacular rail journeys and five scenic cruises including the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Travel on our ultimate small group touch coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle with 2 door access and panoramic windows.

Duration: 20 Days (19 Nights) $4,089

Experience the diversity this stunning country has to offer. From cruising through the Bay of Islands, visiting glow worm caves, enjoying a traditional Maori feast in the North Island to riding the Coastal Pacific & TranzAlpine trains, sighting penguins in Dunedin and cruising Milford Sound in the South Island. This inclusive itinerary provides all the main highlights of New Zealand. It also allows free time to choose from a wide range of activities that suit your interest.

Duration: 21 Days (20 Nights) $5,115

Combine New Zealand and Australia on this 21 day in-depth independent package. Visit the well known spectacular highlights of Rotorua, Milford Sound, Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. Go off the beaten path and cruise the Hole in the Rock, take a boat ride through glowworm caves at Waitomo and get up close and personal with the penguins in Phillip Island. This itinerary will give you the ultimate Downunder experiences! Independent packages can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget.

Duration: 22 Days (21 Nights) $4,455

Enrich yourself in the diverse landscapes that you will see across New Zealand. Get a chance to see the Bay of Islands, Coromandel peninsula, Rotorua, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef Glacier, Doubtful sound and much more.

Duration: 22 Days (21 Nights) $8,450

Only our best Tour Directors are selected to escort this premium tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stay in first class accommodations whilst enjoying amazing highlight meals as you travel in luxury touring vehicles experiencing all the must do and see activities that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights) $629

Sitting on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the lake and mountain landscape make Queenstown suited to all kinds of adventure. This four season mountain resort offers activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting year round. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine. From Queenstown the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan you'll recognise many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Travel to Milford Sound, where fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards.

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights) $270

The Southern Explore road trip through New Zealand’s Central Otago region is a life-changing experience. Covering an area spanning 10,000 square kilometres, the middle of the South Island truly is the landscape of Middle Earth. On the Southern Explore road trip you will see towering and rugged mountain ranges, pristine lakes, untamed glaciers and sweeping valleys, not to mention historic gold mining towns and award-winning wineries.

Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights) $1223

Combine Queenstown, full of active adventures, with the more relaxed and leisurely pace of Wanaka only one hour drive away, travelling over the stunning Crown Range. Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $1,969

Visit all the highlights of the South Island by this package designed to give you time to explore on your own, while it includes all of the major highlights. Take the train through the famous Arthurs Pass, take a cruise on Milford Sound and walk the base of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $2925

Experience the icons of the South Island on a 9 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Board the famous TranzAlpine Train traversing the scenic Canterbury Plains. View a jade jewellery demonstration in Hokitika before following the rugged coastline to Franz Josef. Explore Franz Josef Glacier with a local guide. Travel over the Haast Pass to Lake Wanaka and continue onto magical Milford Sound for a breathtaking cruise. Discover Queenstown your way with free time. Take in the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook then stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing onto Christchurch where your holiday concludes.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $2650

See the best of the South Island on a 9 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Start your tour with a Welcome Reception then see Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki before visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd. Soak up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park before travelling through Oamaru to Dunedin where you'll tour the city. Travel to Milford Sound for a breathtaking cruise on its pristine waters. Discover exciting Queenstown your way with some free time before going on to the rare and still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. Visit Hokitika, the home of native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and then board the TranzAlpine Train traversing through the Southern Alps to Christchurch where your holiday concludes.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $2897

Showcases New Zealand's New Zealand's breathtaking South Island scenery as you relax on board the comfort of a modern coach. Enjoy 9 days touring with a number of iconic attractions including a magnificent cruise on Milford Sound and a tour of Larnach Castle.

Duration: 20 Days (19 Nights) $5,353

Experience some of the highlights of Australia and New Zealand on this custom group itinerary. Discover the -must see' Great Barrier Reef and the vibrant city of Sydney before embarking on a journey to New Zealand where you will travel north up the country experiencing the beauty of the South Island to the culture of the North Island.

Duration: 23 Days (22 Nights) $6260

Discover it all on this bucket list itinerary! Explore Australia's vibrant city of Sydney, take a cruise to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and enjoy an overnight train journey onboard The Ghan. Head across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand and visit the picturesque resort town of Queenstown, enjoy a spectacular Milford Sound cruise and experience the Maori culture in Rotorua. Complete your ultimate itinerary with a relaxing three night stay in the tropical island paradise of Fiji.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) $1075

Topdeck's Southern Explorer is a superb 7 day tour of NZ's South Island from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again. This is truly 'Middle Earth', if you've seen the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, then Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Lake Ohau, Mt Cook and the Southern Alps will feel like old friends! And if the scenery leaves you with any breath, then Queenstown's adventure activities will take it away. Enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand South Island tour with Topdeck.

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights) $3795

Explore the spectacular South Island on a 10 Day First Choice guided expedition. Be amazed by Arthur's Pass, Punakaiki, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound, Queenstown and more!

Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge in a spa treatment, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.


Top Things to See and Do: 

  1. Ride the Skyline Gondola for iconic views across Queenstown
  2. Mount Aspiring National Park
  3. Hit the slopes in the winter and go skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing
  4. Bungee jumping, canyon swinging, canyoning or ziplining
  5. Take an exhilarating heli-biking tour
  6. Lake cruises to jet boat rides, whitewater rafting and parasailing
  7. Visit the region's wineries to sample award-winning wines
  8. Relax at one of the luxury day spas

Travel Tips:

The town is well serviced by both national and international flights, while buses connect it with other South Island destinations.

Weather/ Climate: 

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius)  Seasonal Comments
Spring  5°C to 14°C  
Summer 9°C to 18°C  
Fall  6°C to 15°C  
Winter 1°C to 10°C  

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