• Queenstown

Queenstown Holidays

Queenstown holidays take you to New Zealand’s capital of sports and activities. The city is home to a lively culture and is surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Queenstown got its name after its stunning setting, which was said to be fit for Queen Victoria.

Whether you want to embark on a Lord of the Rings tour or make the most of the excellent gourmet cuisine and local wines available in the city’s restaurants, you’ll find something for you in Queenstown. Take a helicopter tour and see the rugged landscapes, or book a boat trip through Milford Sound and its glistening waters filled with dolphins, whales and seals.

Immerse yourself in nature in Queenstown

At Hayes & Jarvis, we have local expertise in destinations all over the world. We specialise in luxury holidays and bring you the best of every location, building bespoke holidays to ensure you get the best from your time away.

To experience some of the wonderful natural sights in the area surrounding Queenstown, book our New Zealand Getaway tour, which will take you to the lakes of Wanaka, Hawea and Wakatipu, as well as the spectacular mountains. To see the famous Milford Sound, which was carved into the mountains during the ice age, book our New Zealand Splendour tour. The South Island Wanderer is the ideal way to see everything this wonderful island has to offer.

Destination Highlights
  • Hike a glacier
  • See dolphins and whales
  • Visit glow worm caves
  • Take a wine tour
  • Ski in the mountains
  • Try a helicopter tour

Time Zone

+13 hours (GMT)

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Queenstown is approx 28 hours with a stop in Sydney or other destination. Flights can vary depending on the stopover and onward connection.

Currency

New Zealand dollar

Visa Information

UK citizens or passport holders do not need visas for trips up to six months

Language

English

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Queenstown Attractions

  • Adventure sports

    Queenstown holidays take you to the heart of New Zealand’s wild landscapes, from where you can try some fantastic adventure sports. Try bungee jumping, a canyon swing or skydiving to get your adrenaline pumping. Alternatively, black water rafting will take you through underground rivers to caves lit up by glow worms, as well as allowing you to climb up waterfalls for a unique experience.

  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound is a deep stretch of water surrounded by rugged mountainous landscapes and was created by a glacier during the ice age. It’s perfect for day trips, as well as overnight boat journeys, and allows you to get up close to some elusive local wildlife. See seals and dolphins as they play in the waters, or majestic whales as they cut through the river.

  • Lake Wakatipu

    The clear waters of the lake are ideal for kayaking and other water sports, while around the edges you’ll find wildflowers and idyllic spots perfect for a picnic. The area is steeped in Maori history. A legend suggests the lake rises by 12cm every five minutes because of the beating heart of a giant, who was burned to death after kidnapping the chief’s daughter, causing the snow to melt from the surrounding landscapes and form the lake.

  • Fergburger

    This burger restaurant is famous with travellers from around the world as one of the best no-nonsense burger joints. It serves up huge, juicy burgers made with local meats, alongside avocado, cheese and delicious condiments, as well as warm, salty chips. Wasabi mayonnaise and falafel burgers are also on the menu.