How To Get There

Where is Queenstown? Queenstown is located in Otago in the south-west of the South Island of New Zealand. The town sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by nearby mountains including The Remarkables Range

Queenstown Ski FieldsThe main Queenstown ski resorts are:
Day-trips are also possible to:
There are also various heli skiing operators based in Queenstown including Harris Mountains Heli Ski, Alpine Heliski and Southern Lakes Heli Ski.

Flights to Queenstown One of the advantages of skiing and staying in Queenstown is that it is relatively easy to get to considering it has its own international airport only 10 km (10 mins) drive from the town centre. From Australia during winter, there are direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Alternatively, you can fly into another NZ airport and get a domestic flight to Queenstown – from Auckland (1 hr and 50 mins), Wellington (2 hrs and 10 mins) or Christchurch (1 hour and 5 mins). Be aware that there are no flights into or out of Queenstown after twilight.

A further option is to fly into Christchurch and self-drive (487km - about 6 hours depending on stops) or bus (about 8 hours including stops) to Queenstown which is an adventure in itself.

Queenstown Airport TransfersIf you aren't self-driving, there are numerous companies that provide door-to-door transfers between the airport and your accommodation. Kiwi Discovery provide such a service and also throw in an orientation tour of the town before dropping you at your accommodation. It's also reasonably inexpensive to catch a taxi. 

Queenstown Car Rentals and Driving It’s possible to get around Queenstown and to the nearby ski resorts using shuttle buses, but some prefer the flexibility of a rental car. It’s possible to rent a car at the airport or in town. If you only plan to ski at Coronet Peak then a 2-wheel-drive vehicle will suffice, but for the other ski resorts a 4WD would be beneficial.

The Queenstown roads are pretty easy to navigate with good signposting. Parking can sometimes be tricky during peak times, but if you can’t find a park there’s always paid underground parking near Marine Parade on Church Street.

Generally the temperatures in Queenstown during winter are about 3°C - 10°C, but sometimes it snows which may lead to road closures, particularly in the Fernhill area.

It’s easiest to get chains when you hire the car, but if you need chains, you can hire these from petrol stations or a kiosk near the corner of Marine Parade and Church Street.

Getting to the Queenstown Ski Resorts (Shuttle Buses) During the winter season there are a number of shuttle buses that operate daily from Queenstown to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona ski resort. Some shuttle services such as Kiwi Discovery also provide additional package options which include lift passes, equipment rentals and lessons.

Kiwi Discovery | Queenstown Shuttle Bus Kiwi Discovery
Mountain shuttle to/from Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Cardrona & Treble Cone. Pickups from many hotels around Queenstown. Equipment rentals, lift passes & lessons packages also available.

For more detailed  information on driving or travelling to the ski resorts see: 

Getting Around Queenstown
The CBD of Queenstown is quite compact and it is easy to walk around the streets to explore the shops, bars and restaurants. However Queenstown has grown significantly and it spreads out into sprawling suburbs that are beyond easy walking distance. Some of the Queenstown accommodation is within the centre of town, but much of it is not within easy walking distance. If you don’t have a car and want a night out on the town, there are other options to get around.

The Connectabus is a bus service (with the distinctive yellow buses) that connects major hotels and the town. It operates half-hourly from early morning to late in the evening. The bus also covers the “suburbs” of Queenstown including Arrowtown, Frankton, Remarkables Park, and Fernhill. Timetables for the buses are available at most accommodation and information centres.

The operators of many Queenstown activities provide free transport from your accommodation to get to their activity, or alternatively they have transport from a central Queenstown locations such as The Station.


Airport TransfersKiwi Discovery

Queenstown Ski Shuttle Kiwi Discovery

Queenstown Car Hire
ACE Rentals Cars

Buses to/from ChristchurchGreat Sights
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