Get out and explore in Queenstown and Wanaka, where you can enjoy activities including kayaking, skiing and bungee jumping.

Both Queenstown and Wanaka are popular lakeside and alpine ski towns. Head to larger Queenstown for storybook scenery and plenty of opportunities for an adrenaline rush, or visit quieter Wanaka for national park trails and activities for all the family.

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +12 hours (GMT +13 hours from the last week in March to the first week in October)


New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) comprising of 100 cents.

Flying time to destination:

Christchurch: 24½ hours

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When to visit

Jan 21°c
Feb 21°c
Mar 19°c
Apr 15°c
May 11°c
Jun 8°c
Jul 7°c
Aug 10°c
Sep 13°c
Oct 15°c
Nov 17°c
Dec 20°c
Further climate information

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Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific 2019

Kuoni Insider

How to have the most amazing fun in a wetsuit in Queenstown NZ. So much you can do but what to choose: take a five minute James Bond-esque flight through the Dart canyon, swooping high, low & fast - thrilling!

Then river rafting down the canyon for 2 hours, terrifying & thrilling at the same time, shooting down the waterfall & trying to hold on and paddle at the same time! Then the finale, a jet boat ride back up the canyon passing almost skimming the canyon walls, before swerving at the last moment at high speed ...and they call it ‘thrill therapy’! Sauna and hot showers afterwards - well earned & very much appreciated!

Helen Pink