Virgin Australia operates flights to Queenstown from Brisbane and Sydney, and domestically within New Zealand.
Queenstown Airport Information
Queenstown Airport is located approximately 8km from Queenstown’s CBD and a one hour drive from the nearby town of Wanaka, via the picturesque Crown Range road. Queenstown Airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
- Car Hire: Receive mates’ rates when you choose from a great choice of hire cars from our car partners.
- Taxi: Taxi ranks are located outside the airport terminal and environmentally friendly ‘Green Cabs’ can be ordered in advance.
- Bus transfers: Several bus companies offer transfers between Queenstown Airport and attractions and accommodation in surrounding areas.
- Private Limousine Service: Private transfers can be arranged with one of many chauffeur companies servicing the region.
Things to do in Queenstown
Resonating with an electrifying alpine energy, Queenstown is a magical destination of stunning scenery and lively activity. The majestic mountains of The Remarkables run directly north to south along the shore Lake Wakatipu, providing New Zealand with the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. A city of adventure, adrenalin and activity, Queenstown hosts some of the world’s best bungy jumping, jet boating, canyoning, rafting, skiing and hiking, and is abuzz with dynamic restaurant, café and nightlife scenes.
Queenstown and its surrounds comprise a diverse range of environments and remarkable wonders. Set against a dramatic backdrop of soaring mountains, Queenstown provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable winter holiday. Explore four world-famous ski fields – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, and Treble Cone – within an hour and half’s drive of the city. Soar through powder amid snow-capped mountains before gathering with locals and visitors in town to indulge in well-earned gastronomies and knock-off drinks. Enjoy foodie delights, top notch cocktails, award-winning wines and world-class coffee at a range of restaurants, cafés, and bars scattered around the city. Try jet boating, bungy jumping, rafting, canyoning, or hiking. Take a helicopter to conquer otherwise unreachable alpine territory. Or get away from it all and enjoy uninterrupted relaxation, immersed in heavenly hot springs.
Reflective of the city’s character, fashion in Queenstown is trendy and unique. O’Connells Shopping Centre is the place to go for one-stop shopping, featuring 25 stores offering fashion, food, jewellery and art. Sheepskin products and wooden carvings can be found at DF Souvenirs on Colombo Street. Goldfields Jade and Opal on Ballarat Street specialises in Pounamu, the beautiful greenstone native to the South Island, while Merino garments are stocked at Global Culture. A host of outdoor sports apparel and equipment stores dot the city centre. Alpine Sports is Queenstown’s go-to for trekking, hiking and tramping gear. Outside Sports is Queenstown biggest outdoor store, stocking equipment, clothing and footwear over three levels. Snopro Ski Hire deliver and custom-fit the latest in ski and snowboard hire gear. While locally owned and operated N.Z. Shred stocks on-trend surf, snow and street wear. Venture further afield to towns like Arrowfield and Glenorchy, or to the Remarkables Park Town Centre in Frankton, to experience a great range of boutiques and speciality stores.
Queenstown has a vibrant cosmopolitan scene that pulses with a large and respected variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. Queenstown’s city centre has numerous eating establishments, from all-hours takeaways to fine dining. Enjoying picturesque views of Walter and Cecil Peak, The Remarkables and Queenstown Bay, Steamer Wharf is Queenstown's most popular new eating, drinking and entertainment hub. While Fergburger is an iconic afterhours takeaway joint – open 21 hours a day, until 3am. Unique dining experiences can also be found in the nearby picturesque and historical town of Arrowtown, covering everything from fine dining to cafes, and locally made ice-cream to regional wines.
When the sun sets, Queenstown’s nightlife comes to life with a captivating energy. Boasting over 100 licensed premises, the city is home to a buzzing social scene, particularly during the winter months for après-ski activities. The coolest drinking experience in town, minus5° sees guests dress up in Eskimo-like outfits to sip on premium vodka cocktails, served in ice glasses from the ice bar, at a frosty minus five degree. Overlooking the action of Queenstown's Camp Street, Skybar is one of the most sought-after party spots in town.
Queenstown Holiday Packages
Experience all that Queenstown has to offer, with a great selection of Queenstown holiday packages from Virgin Australia Holidays. Packages include flights, accommodation and an exceptional variety of extras.