Queenstown is a large city on the southern end of the South Island in beautiful New Zealand. It's much bigger than neighbouring Wanaka and feels much more like a proper city with plenty of amenities. The drive from Wanaka to Queenstown is wonderful - think beautiful mountain ranges with winding roads and panoramic views.
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. Situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, there's plenty to do to keep you going for days. Try your hand at mountain biking, sky diving, flying and of course, hiking.
A great introductory hike in Queenstown is the Queenstown Hill. It's not too long, but it provides a full sweeping view of Queenstown and the beautiful lake views.
QUEENSTOWN HILL HIKE DETAILS
Where: hike starts at the end of Belfast Terrace in the centre of Queenstown
Length: 1 1/2 hours for 5km loop
Directions: walk up to the end of Belfast Terrace following signs for Queenstown Hill, then follow the clear trail up. Where it turns into a loop, head right. At the other side of the loop, head up the additional one-way track to the summit.
Public Transit: no, but it is in town, so no need!