Destination guide

Welcome to the Adventure Capital of the World

Nestled among picturesque mountains on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand's South Island, Queenstown is a popular draw for visitors looking to experience the great outdoors and New Zealand's famous adventure lifestyle. Centered around stunning Queenstown Bay, the heart of the town is chock full of hip cafes and bars, making a Queenstown vacation rental the perfect spot to get a healthy mix of urban culture, fresh air, and stunning vistas, all in 1 place. Whether your travel crew is full of foodies or adrenaline junkies, Queenstown won't disappoint.

Things to do

From the highest peaks to the depths of Mordor

For a true Kiwi experience, pay a visit to the country's namesake birds at Kiwi Birdlife Park. While the kiddies play, mom and dad can indulge in some fine vintages at the local wineries, or even take a full day for a wine trail tour. Movie buffs and Tolkien fans are in for a treat, with several Lord of the Rings filming locations right near Queenstown. The best way to take it all in, though, is on a breathtaking ride up the Skyline Gondola, which takes you to Bob's Peak on Ben Lomond mountain. You'll definitely want your camera.


Seeking thrills? You'll definitely find them here

They call Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World for a reason. If you're bored at a Queenstown vacation rental, you're not trying hard enough! Heart-racing activities like bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, jet boating, paragliding, and skydiving are all around. Bikers and walkers will love the Queenstown Trail. In the winter months, snow is king, with ample opportunity for skiing and snowboarding. If you somehow still have energy after all that, you can try your hand a fly fishing or hit up one of the many local festivals going on in town.


Not too hot, not too cold, but just right

You'll rarely have to worry about weather extremes at your Queenstown vacation rental. Summers are generally mild, with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s even in the warmest months of December to March. You'll probably want a sweater at night. Lows hover right around the freezing point in the coldest winter months of June to August, with highs in the 40s. You'll see frequent snowfalls, though it usually only sticks in the mountains (great for that top-notch skiing). While the rain's usually not too heavy, there's always a small chance of some drops.

Natural features

The Remarkables are just that, and a whole lot more

With stunning nature like this, it's no wonder you've seen New Zealand on the big screen time and time again. Queenstown Bay offers dramatic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding peaks of the Remarkables mountains, made even better by some of the most beautiful sunsets you'll see anywhere in the world. The aqua blue waters are something to behold as you wander through the trees lining the lake's shores. And, of course, no visit to New Zealand would be complete with seeing some adorable kiwi birds.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Queenstown

The nearest airport is in Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.), located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Wanaka (WKA), which is 35.7 mi (57.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Queenstown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 677 vacation rentals near Queenstown. From 394 Houses to 201 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Queenstown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Queenstown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Queenstown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Queenstown Mall: 692 vacation rentals
  • CaddyShack City Mini Golf: 692 vacation rentals
  • Remarkables Park Town Centre: 699 vacation rentals
  • Queenstown Ice Arena: 692 vacation rentals
  • Williams Cottage: 692 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Queenstown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Queenstown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 394 Houses in Queenstown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Queenstown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 201 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Villas: 24 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Queenstown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 15 vacation rentals with pool available in Queenstown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.