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Getting to Queenstown or Christchurch

Getting to Queenstown or Christchurch is easy whether you decide to fly, drive or catch a coach.
Both cities have International Airports that receive daily direct flights from around New Zealand and Australia's main ports, and great road access on major New Zealand highways makes driving between cities an easy and beautiful experience. Exploring the region once you’re in Queenstown or Christchurch is simple with a range of local transport options.

Where is Queenstown?
Queenstown is located in the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand and is very accessible with multiple daily direct flights from all of New Zealand’s main centres as well as direct scheduled services from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Coolangatta in Australia. Queenstown international airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown and links to the city centre with shuttles, taxi services , buses and rental cars

Where is Christchurch?
Christchurch lies in Canterbury, near the centre of the east coast of the South Island, east of the Canterbury Plains. Located approximately 6-hour drive or 1 hour flight time from Queenstown, Christchurch International Airport is a great option for those travelling long haul from around the world as a gateway to the South Island servicing 13 different airlines connecting Christchurch with domestic centres and 11 international airports, including Dubai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. Christchurch city centre is a short 20 minutes' drive from the airport and several transport options are available from the terminal, including buses , rental cars , taxis and shuttles .

Four major airlines provide scheduled services in and out of Queenstown and Christchurch Airport's.  Air New Zealand  and  Jetstar  offer both domestic and international flights to and from Queenstown and  Qantas  and  Virgin Australia  fly internationally between Queenstown and east coast Australia, along with many other airlines servicing Christchurch International Airport

Drive to Queenstown from Christchurch
Driving to Queenstown is a very scenic option and if you’re planning to travel by road you can drive yourself, hop on a bus or join a coach tour or participate in the Conference Field Trips which will take you from Christchurch to Queenstown and back .

Queenstown - Plan, See & Do


December - February is summer in Queenstown, which means long sunny days and fresh alpine air. It means food, drink, socialising and an irresistible desire for adventure. 
Daytime temperatures reach between 20°C and 30°C and Queenstown’s 45° south latitude means that dawn is as early as 5am, while dusk settles around 10pm. The longer days and evenings are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the diversity of landscapes and range of things to do that the region is world-famous for. 
Mild mornings can make way for hot days in this part of the world so plan ahead and pack warmer layers for early mornings and evenings and cooler clothes for the long, hot days. The sun can be extreme in the South Island so it’s a good idea to carry sunblock and a water bottle.

Of course before you get to Queenstown you need to be prepared with a valid passport and the appropriate visa requirements for immigration. You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident,
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
  • A citizen of a country which has a  visa waiver agreement  with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).
It is best to visit the  Immigration New Zealand  website to check whether you need a visa or not.


Queenstown is a natural playground providing an incredible backdrop for a range of sights to see and things to do for adventurers of all persuasions.
The epic summer landscapes and inviting outdoors will have you heading outside and into nature for your next adventure. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll by the lake or a hike up into the mountains, summer is the perfect time to explore, discover and write your own adventures.

Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, skydiving and even indoor thrills – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping! 

You can even combine a round of golf at one of Queenstown’s gorgeous clubs one morning with a tour of some of our wineries and cellar doors in Gibbston and further afield to discover just why Central Otago Pinot Noir is famous on the world stage.

If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace there’s plenty of recreational activities including hiking and biking trails to explore, guided tours, boat cruises, scenic flights or spa and wellnessoptions to help you get away.
Start planning your Queenstown holiday below, the possibilities are endless.


Queenstown offers some of the best restaurants and bars in New Zealand. Delectable food and a great night out are always on the menu.
Food is an integral part of your Queenstown experience, renowned globally for its great food, wine and legendary nightlife.
Whether you want to taste the flavours of the region and savour the local produce, or you’re after something virtuous with healthy eating top of mind, the Queenstown food scene has you covered. There are over 150  bars  and  cafes  in the Queenstown region, with everything from fine dining, restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, family-friendly eateries to boutique dessert diners. Not to mention award-winning cafes and iconic burger joints that command a serious following. 
If you have special requirements, in Queenstown you can easily find delicious vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options.

Queenstown is known globally as an adventure playground for a reason—there’s so many outdoor activities to get involved with whether it’s a leisurely walk along the lakefront or a full-on mountaineering adventure.
This town has built its reputation on the sheer number of activities available, and you’ll mingle with locals who’ve sought out this lifestyle as you tackle hiking and biking trails, or climbing and mountaineering amongst the peaks that surround Queenstown.

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