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Queenstown holidays offer year-round adventure, from skiing in the winter, to wine tasting in the summer. Surrounded by some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes, the city is a hub of activity, from watersports to hiking trails. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled holiday in Queenstown, or a relaxing break away, you’ll discover both in the stunning landscapes of the town.

Nestled on the shores of the glistening Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a hub of bustling activity, centred around the waters and rugged mountains. You’ll find plenty of activities on offer, from jet boating to kayaking and nature safaris to walking trails. Take a boat trip through the magnificent Milford Sound and see dolphins, whales and seals swimming beside the boat, or hike up The Queenstown Hill Time Walk, a fantastic 500-metre climb for stunning mountain vistas. If relaxing is your preference, hop on the Skyline Gondola and take in the sights up to Bob’s Peak.

Immerse yourself in nature on Queenstown holidays

With our Queenstown holiday packages, you can experience nature and adventure rolled into one. Hike the magnificent Milford Sound, a fiord carved by ancient glaciers, where you can kayak the shimmering waters, or sit back and take it all in on a cruise with the New Zealand Splendour Tour.

Take to the skies for unrivalled views of the city with a helicopter tour, or the Skyline Gondola over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and up to Bob’s Peak. Follow the trails down by bike or foot, or enjoy a romantic meal for two at the top. Queenstown is the perfect destination for families seeking the next adventure, or for basking in the glorious views on a couples retreat.

Destination Highlights

  • Travel by four-wheel drive and discover the beauty of Skippers Canyon and Lake Wakatipu
  • Catch a thrilling ride on the world-famous, exclusive Jet Boat across the Shotover River
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship, or take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak
  • Explore the majestic vistas and vineyards by foot along the Routeburn Track - one of New Zealand's Great Walks

Great sample itineraries

Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Queenstown holidays. Book a Queenstown tour or multi-centre holiday and make the most of the spectacular scenery, the many activities and the vibrant town itself with a local guide and carefully-planned itinerary.


Self Drive Tour Of New Zealand South Island

  • 15 Days
Our self drive tour of New Zealand’s South Island takes in some of the area’s most spectacular destinations and packs...
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Family holidays

Auckland To Christchurch Tour

  • 17 Days
  • Guide Price £6,495 PP
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Couples Holidays
a snow covered mountain

Small Group Escorted Tour Of New Zealand

  • 21 Days
Spend 21 days exploring an endlessly stunning country and get a taste of the fascinating Māori culture during your Essence...
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Escorted tours holidays
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Private Tour Of Bay Of Islands New Zealand

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,849 PP
Our New Zealand Getaway tour is a superb choice for first timers wanting to get a taste of the delights...
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Wildlife holidays

Explore Queenstown

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.


New Zealand dollar

Visa Information

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



Health Info

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

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.


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.

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“The best way to see Queenstown’s vineyards is by bike. Cycle from Arrowtown out to the Gibbston Valley, stopping off to sip wine and nibble on cheese along the way.”


Destination Manager
Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Queenstown is home to great activities all year round. Enjoy skiing in the winter, hiking in the spring, or wine tasting in the summer. Or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.”


Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Queenstown holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

The Queenstown Winter Festival

Experience a celebration of this lively town, with the renowned Queenstown Winter Festival. Join 57,000 others and enjoy live music, delicious food and sports that are held in the beautiful waters and mountains of Queenstown.


Winter Games NZ

Hosted every two years, New Zealand’s Winter Games is an exciting multi-sport event with activities like skiing, ice hockey, curling and snowboarding to watch in a buzzing scenic atmosphere. 


ISPS New Zealand Golf Open

Top of the New Zealand sporting calendar, the ISPS New Zealand Open hosts two games of golf for both professionals and amateurs alike. Soak up the tournament, which is held between the 5* Millbrook Resort and The Hills Golf Club, and features stunning wetlands and waterways.


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