Destination Guide - Queenstown

Queenstown gets pulses racing year ‘round – take to the powdery snow on the majestic slopes in winter or water ski in lucid Lake Wakatipu in summer. Bungy jumping, jet boating and even heli-skiing are just some of the extreme activities for adrenalin junkies to undertake. In town, there are plenty of designer boutiques and gourmet restaurants to keep those with a penchant for relaxed indulgence occupied, too.

The Basics

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Population: 20,000
Time zone: +12
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March
Languages: English and Maori
Country code: +64
Area code: 3
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM


  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Queenstown Alpine Region
  • Extreme sports


  • 6 February
    Waitangi Day


During summer the average temperatures hover between 20-25°C while in winter the daily average is around 12°C (and even colder on the slopes).

Getting there and around

There are bus shuttles to and from the airport. The best way to get around Queenstown is to hire a car.

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Commonage Villas, Queenstown

15 Kerry Drive, Queenstown, New Zealand.

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