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Queenstown Lakes Region

Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The picturesque town is nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges.

The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure, and in November the longer spring days provide lots of daylight hours to explore. Adrenalin activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are there to temps the adventurous, but if hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available.

Find out more about the stunning Queenstown region here.

Steamer Wharf at dusk Queenstown Bay

Arrowtown

You’ll be enchanted by Historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure, with its beautiful buildings and famed nature trails. It is a scenic 25 minute drive from Queenstown, and a popular winter base for international ski teams. Arrowtown is charming and quirky - a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.

The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. It is a wonderful place to browse and relax, enjoying the dining, the shopping, and soaking up Arrowtown’s lively heritage. 

Learn more about Arrowtown here.

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How to Get There

FLIGHTS

Domestic and International flights operate daily into and out of Queenstown on Air New Zealand.

Airport transport with Bikes

Arriving in  Queenstown with a bike box you will need to hire a taxi van with ample luggage space, or if in a big group one with a luggage trailer.  All of the larger taxi companies will have these options and it is likely that some will already be waiting at the airport for arrivals. (Queenstown Taxis, Green cabs).

AVIS can provide vehicles with roof mounted racks, or they can provide a Ford Ute with tow bar. Local Bike Taxi companies may be able to provide shuttle transport too.

DRIVING

It is a stunning scenic drive through to this area from anywhere in the South Island.

Christchurch – Queenstown: 6hrs/485km

Christchurch – Wanaka: 5hrs20/430km

Dunedin – Queenstown: 3hrs30/282km

Dunedin – Wanaka: 3hrs20/276km


Where to Stay

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Queenstown aerial winter views

Queenstown Accommodation

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Wanaka Accommodation

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Arrowtown Accommodation

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Glendhu Bay

Alternatively you may choose to stay at the Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, especially if you are starting particularly early for the Ultra Run!