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Where to Stay in Queenstown: Guide to the Best Areas and Hotels

Where to Stay in Queenstown: Guide to the Best Areas and Hotels

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Are you planning your stay in Queenstown, but don’t know which area to book your hotel in?

After having lived in Queenstown for years now, I can honestly say that there’s no right or wrong place to stay in Queenstown – it simply comes down to your personal preference.

With that said, you might want to escape the hustle and bustle of town, or you might want to be smack-dab in the center of all the action.

In this blog, I detail everything you need to know before deciding where to stay in town, including a description of all of the neighborhoods, as well as the best hostels and hotels to suit every budget!

Choosing the Best Area to Stay in Queenstown

The map above shows the different areas to stay in Queenstown and the surrounding area.

Even though Queenstown itself is tiny, there are loads of excellent accommodation options for every budget. Seriously, there are almost more hotels than houses!

Where you stay in Queenstown depends on what you want to get out of your vacation here. For example, if you’re on a budget you may choose to stay in one of the fantastically priced hotels in Frankton – just a 15-minute drive from downtown.

If you want somewhere cute, historic, and quiet to stay then I recommend Arrowtown. If you want to be near the ski field then Arthurs Point is a perfect choice, or if you’re after great views then Fernhill is ideal. And of course, if you want to experience that epic nightlife and varied restaurant options, then downtown Queenstown is the best choice for you!

Thankfully, public transport in Queenstown is both reliable and reasonable. Making staying out of town all the more appealing – especially if you want to save money. The bus in Queenstown runs often and for as little as $2 NZD per ride all around the suburbs mentioned below. Plus, if you have a rental car, free parking is on offer at most of the properties outside of central Queenstown.

Below I’ve written a little bit about each neighborhood including the pros and cons of each area and the best places to stay there. I hope it will make choosing where to stay in Queenstown a little easier for you.

The best areas to stay in Queenstown at a glance:

  • Best area for nightlife: Central Queenstown is where all of the action is when it comes to partying in Queenstown.  
  • Best area for skiing: Arthur’s Point for Coronet Peak and Frankton for The Remarkables. Both are great options for a ski holiday.
  • Best area for families: Anywhere! Any area in Queenstown is family-friendly.  
  • Closest to the airport: Frankton. The Queenstown International Airport is located in Frankton 
  • Most scenic views: Fernhill offers spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. 
  • Most relaxing area: Arrowtown is quieter and more relaxed than Queenstown. 

1. Central Queenstown

Walking street in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown Central

Central Queenstown is conveniently located right on the shores of the stunning Lake Wakatipu and it’s just a 15-20 minute drive from the International Airport. By staying in the center of Queenstown you’ll have a ton of activities such as cruise Lake Wakatipu, taking on an amazing hike or enjoying a thrilling jet boat ride, all on offer within a stone’s throw of your hotel.

As if the above wasn’t enough to entice you to stay in central Queenstown, there are tons of great restaurants and bars here too. As well as plenty of shopping, a cinema, and amazing local cafes. You can walk off your dinner at the gorgeous Queenstown Gardens or even participate in the fun sport of disc golf.

Pros of staying in Central Queenstown:

Staying in central Queenstown is great for those who want everything at their doorstep. You can walk to the bars, restaurants, and activities so you don’t need to rely on public transport or a rental car to get around.

There are also more accommodation choices in central Queenstown and if you’re on a budget, this is where the majority of cheap hostels are located, as well as other budget-friendly activities. You’ll also be able to live and breathe the amazing atmosphere in Queenstown and see exactly why locals love this beautiful town.

Cons of staying in Central Queenstown:

As is the case with many busy towns, Queenstown can get loud – especially in the evening. In some hotels, you can even hear this noise from your room. Parking is also limited in Queenstown or charged at a very high price in a lot of the central Queenstown hotels.

Not to mention, the traffic can be overwhelming! If you are renting a car in New Zealand, this may not be ideal for you. Especially if you are renting a campervan to take off on a road trip after Queenstown!

The price for a room is also typically higher for the centrally located options, especially if you want to stay in an upper-market hotel.

Where to stay in Central Queenstown:

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa hotel room
These rooms are beautiful at the Sofitel! Photo credit – Sofitel Queenstown

$Absoloot Hostel – is my top choice for budget travelers! Absoloot is a small hostel with both dorm and private rooms available. Located in the heart of Queenstown, it is right in the action so you’ll never be bored! Even though it is one of the more affordable options in Queenstown, it is very trendy and well-kept. And best of all, you have views of Lake Wakatipu from the kitchen!

$$ – QT Hotel – is a boutique-style hotel located on Brunswick Street. The rooms here are stylish and a little quirky and most have fantastic views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. The onsite restaurant Bazaar is beloved by locals and mixes locally sourced food with foreign cuisine. QT Hotel is especially popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway. Worth noting is valet parking is charged at $30 NZD per day.

$$$ – Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa – this is a great choice for a romantic getaway. It is located on Duke Street (famed Fergburger is just across the road) and the Skyline Gondola is just a few minutes walk away. The rooms here are super luxurious with fluffy bathrobes, a marble bathroom featuring a double spa bath, and a separate rain shower. Left Bank is the onsite restaurant and it’s a real treat. The So Spa is award-winning which makes the Sofitel the perfect choice for a relaxing vacation. Valet parking is charged at $50 NZD per day.

My favorite thing to do in Central Queenstown:

Central Queenstown is the hub of activity in the city, from the amazing bars and restaurants to the proximity to adventure activities like Ziplining at the Skyline. However, my favorite thing about Central Queenstown is its easy access to Lake Wakatipu, the crown jewel of Queenstown! While staying in Central Queenstown, you can easily do some great sightseeing by hopping on a cruise of the lake, departing right from the Queenstown Wharf.

The Million Dollar Cruise is an excellent introduction to Lake Wakatipu. On this 1.5-hour cruise, you’ll sail around the lake, with commentary from the captain and get to marvel at Queenstown’s impressive landscape. There are heated cabins or a sundeck so this is great any time of year, and there is a bar on board to purchase drinks– it’s actually so fun I’ve done it multiple times! This cruise is only $60 NZD and can be booked in advance here!

Related Read: Once you get your accommodation figured out, start planning your Queenstown itinerary! There are some fantastic day trips from Queenstown so you can explore all of New Zealand’s beauty.

2. Fernhill

Views of Queenstown from the Sunshine Bay Track
Views from the Sunshine Bay Track looking back at Queenstown

The neighborhood of Fernhill is an outer Queenstown neighborhood. At around a 15-minute walk to the center of town, it is a great area to stay in Queenstown. Fernhill is located at the top of a steep hill so the views from up here are astounding. Thankfully, there is a regular bus route from town to Fernhill so you don’t need to walk up the steep hill to get to your accommodation.

In Fernhill, there’s a small store and an excellent fish and chip shop called Chur. If you’re an avid mountain biker, then Fernhill Bike Park is highly recommended and is very popular with locals.

Also in the area is the Sunshine Bay Track a lakeside walking track that starts at Sunshine Bay Beach and takes you into Queenstown in under 30 minutes. You can also access the famed Ben Lomond Track here.

Pros of staying in Fernhill:

It’s super quiet up in Fernhill. I lived in Fernhill for a long time and enjoyed being on the quieter side of town. That, combined with the fact it’s a close neighborhood to the center of town means it’s a very popular choice for where to stay in Queenstown. You have the best seat in the house for views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. A regular bus service (the number 1 bus) operates to Fernhill so, you can easily get safely home after a late night in Queenstown.

If you plan on visiting Moke Lake or enjoying the scenic drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy then Fernhill is also ideal.

Cons of staying in Fernhill:

If you miss the bus or plan on being out until after midnight it’s a steep walk up to your accommodation (unless you pay for a $20 NZD taxi). There are limited restaurant options in Fernhill, so, you will need to go to Queenstown to eat most meals.

In the winter, Fernhill receives very little sunshine, which was one of the worst things about living there. In my opinion, Fernhill is a great place to stay in the summer.

Where to stay in Fernhill:

Views of the Mercure Queenstown Resort with Lake Wakatipu in the background
Views over the Mercure Queenstown Resort. Photo credit: Mercure Queenstown Resort

$$ – Mercure Queenstown Resort – the Mercure is a very popular choice with families as it has a large outdoor pool – ideal for those hot summer days. It also has a small gym and restaurant with huge glass windows to take in the stunning scenery. Worth noting is the closest bus stop is a few minutes walk uphill. There’s a large car park which is complimentary for all guests. This is a very large property with 148 rooms.

$$ – Heritage Queenstown – its cozy interior is reminiscent of a ski lodge and it’s a popular option with tour groups. The Heritage also has a small outdoor pool and gym. There’s a bus stop right outside to get you conveniently into Queenstown. They have numerous room options as well as suites that contain kitchenettes. Underground parking is complimentary but it is limited.

$$ – Kamana Lakehouse – the newly renovated Kamana Lakehouse has perhaps the best views of any hotel in Queenstown. One of the best features is the private outdoor hot tub which can be booked for $119 NZD per hour for Instagram-worthy views. On-site is a gorgeous restaurant with huge glass windows to take in the views. Plus, one of Queenstown’s best-kept secrets – Chur Fish & Chip Shop is just across the road.

My favorite thing to do in Fernhill:

Fernhill is where I head when I’m looking for some outdoor adventure! Located on the outskirts of Queenstown, it is easy to access all the beautiful stops on the road to Glenorchy, and it’s on the way to one of my favorite places, Moke Lake. Hiking the Moke Lake Loop or to the “secret” viewpoint is always fun, but I personally like getting on the water.

There’s also this fantastic kayaking tour that takes off from Queenstown (near the Fernhill area). This kayaking tour provides all equipment and transportation, which makes kayaking a breeze, especially if you don’t have your own equipment or mode of transportation. You’ll have about three hours to paddle through the calm, reflective waters, which gives one of the best views of Moke Lake I’ve ever seen! This tour is $169 NZD and can be reserved in advance here.

3. Arthurs Point

Arthurs Point, New Zealand
Arthurs Point, New Zealand

If you’re visiting in winter, Arthurs Point is a great area to base yourself in due to its proximity to Coronet Peak Ski Resort. Arthurs Point is only a short drive from Arrowtown too, which puts it smack bang in the middle of both Queenstown and Arrowtown. Also, in the area is the very popular Onsen Hot Pools and the world-famous Shotover Jet.

Arthurs Point is a 10-minute drive from Queenstown. It’s mostly a residential area but there are a few hotels as well as the Top 10 Holiday Park (ideal if you have a self-contained vehicle or are keen to camp).

There are several hiking tracks in the area including the Morningstar Track and the longer Moonlight Track. Also worth checking out is Canyon Brewing (next to Shotover Jet) for some amazing craft beer!

Pros of staying in Arthurs Point:

There’s a regular bus service here so it’s pretty convenient despite it being over a 10-minute drive from downtown. The hotels here are very reasonably priced and all the hotels listed below offer free parking to guests. The scenery in Arthurs Point is gorgeous and it’s very quiet and relaxing. Despite being a drive from Queenstown, you’re close to Arrowtown and all of the exciting things to do there.

Cons to staying in Arthurs Point:

There are no stores here so you will need to go to Queenstown for the closest supermarket. The last bus from Queenstown is at 9:55 pm so you may need to get a taxi if you plan on staying out later. Some hotels offer free shuttles but they don’t run late.

Where to stay in Arthurs Point:

Swiss Belresort Coronet Peak just outside of Queenstown
Photo credit: Swiss Belresort Coronet Peak

$$ – Nugget Point – a 4-star hotel with fantastic spa facilities including private hot tubs, a sauna, a steam room, and a Roman bath. Some of the rooms feature gorgeous views over the Shotover River (see if you can spot the famed Shotover Jet speeding down the river from your balcony!). The on-site restaurant serves up great locally-inspired dishes and has fantastic views!

$ – Swiss Belresort – a great budget-friendly option in Arthurs Point. The rooms here have recently undergone a renovation and are quiet and comfortable. There’s an onsite bowling alley and a bar/restaurant area if you don’t fancy venturing back into Queenstown in the evening. It’s a large property with 75 rooms and is the closest hotel to the Coronet Peak ski area, which is just a 12-minute drive away.

$$ – The Canyons B&B – all rooms are spacious and feature a private balcony or patio area as well as a mini fridge. However, the most luxurious part of this place is the outdoor heated spa which is wonderful even when it’s freezing outside!

My favorite thing to do in Arthurs Point:

If you’re staying in Arthurs Point for some epic skiing, you can also add the Shotover Jet Boat Ride to your itinerary! As I mentioned earlier, this world-famous jet boat experience is located on the Shotover River, right in Arthurs Point. This is a thrilling activity that I’ve had the pleasure of doing a few times, and I never get bored of it. So if you’re staying in Arthurs Point, this is a great activity for the whole family!

The 25-minute jet boat ride is the most popular option and keeps your heart pumping the whole time. The driver does impressive tricks, like tight 360-degree turns, and reaches top speeds. The best part is that this activity is fun year-round– even in the winter! You can book this jet boat ride for $163 NZD. If you only have a few days in Queenstown, the jet boat ride in Arthurs Point is a must!

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Related Read: Taking a road trip along the South Island is by far my favorite way to explore New Zealand. Check out my top 10 South Island road trips so you can see more than just Queenstown!

4. Arrowtown

Main street in Arrowtown near Queenstown
The cute streets of Arrowtown

Arrowtown is probably my favorite little town in all of New Zealand – it’s cute, very photogenic, and historic. It was at the center of the gold mining rush of the late 1800s. In fact, you can explore its historic past at the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement – you can even pan for gold here. The town’s main street, Buckingham Street, is filled with lots of great cafes and restaurants including Bella Cucina, Aosta, and Provisions of Arrowtown. Would you believe there are approximately 30 restaurants in this small town!?

There are lots of walking and biking tracks in the area including Sawpit Gully and Tobins Track. Other must-do activities in the area include the very cute Dorothy Brown’s Cinema (a favorite date night spot) and a visit to the Lake District Museum and Art Gallery. Seriously, there is so much to do in Arrowtown!

Pros of staying in Arrowtown:

Arrowtown is a unique little town and it’s so pretty especially in the fall when the town explodes into bright red and yellow fall foliage. This is easily the best time to visit! There is regular public transport into Queenstown but, in my opinion, there’s so much to see and do in Arrowtown that you won’t need to venture into Queenstown too often. There’s even a small supermarket here to get any needed supplies.

Cons of staying in Arrowtown:

There’s not much nightlife here and lots of the bars and restaurants close earlier than in Queenstown. The bus service to Arrowtown operates every 30 minutes but the last bus of the day is at 9:55 pm. So, if you have a late night in Queenstown a taxi can be quite costly because Arrowtown is over a 20-minute drive from central Queenstown.

Where to stay in Arrowtown:

Millbrook Resort Queenstown
If you’re a golfer the Millbrook is a popular choice! Photo credit: Millbrook Resort

$$$ – Millbrook Resort – is the most luxurious option in Arrowtown. The resort is situated on a stunning 650 acres of Central Otago countryside. It also features an award-winning golf course. As well as three outdoor hot pools, an indoor pool, a fitness center, two restaurants, and a café. It seems you may never have to leave the resort if you stay here!

$New Orleans Hotel – this historic hotel was built in 1866 and renovated in 2019 so now the rooms here are more modernized white still simple and it’s right on Buckingham St in the center of Arrowtown. The property has an open fire going during the winter and a roomy balcony to enjoy during the warmer months.

$ – Arrowtown Motel – each room has a patio to admire the stunning views. It’s just under 1 km into Arrowtown and is easily walkable. Plus free onsite parking and guest laundry facilities are a bonus. It is an affordable option for a great place to stay in Arrowtown.

My favorite thing to do in Arrowtown:

Arrowtown is located right next to the famous Gibbston Valley wine region, so obviously taking a wine tour from here is my favorite thing to do! I love this wine tour that provides transportation from Arrowtown, which means you have a built-in designated driver and can enjoy all the yummy wine! This tour hits some of my favorite wineries in Bannockburn, Gibbston Valley, and Cromwell, and also includes cheese tastings and stops at historical landmarks. 

In fact, the final stop of this tour is the Chinese Settlement in Arrowtown. Not only do you get to sample the region’s famous wine, but also see the historic charm of Arrowtown and surrounding areas. You can check out the details and book this wine tour here for $289 NZD per person!

5. Frankton

Frankton Beach, Queenstown
Frankton Beach at sunset!

Frankton is where the International Airport is located as well as the majority of the supermarkets and other superstores such as The Warehouse and K-Mart. If you need to do some shopping this is the area for you – there’s every type of store you can imagine in Frankton. It’s where most locals in Queenstown hang out and there are lots of excellent food options scattered between Queenstown Central and The Remarkables retail parks.

Also in the area is the Frankton Walking Track a lakeside track that takes you into Queenstown via an easy trail – it’s flat and popular also with cyclists. Walking the trail will likely take you just over 2 hours each way. Definitely stop at the gorgeous Boatshed Café for refreshments en route. Frankton Beach is a popular swimming spot with locals and is also a great photo spot!

For these reasons, Frankton is where many people choose during their stay in Queenstown. Next to central Queenstown, Frankton is likely the most popular choice.

Pros of staying in Frankton:

If you choose to stay in Frankton you’ll be spoiled for choice with restaurants. Some of my favorites include Taco Medic and Boliwood both at Queenstown Central Retail Park. There are a ton of buses operating to Frankton so it’s very easily accessible. It’s also the closest area to the airport and most likely if you have light luggage you can walk from the airport to your accommodation (although a taxi will be cheap). The biggest stores are also located in Frankton including the cheapest grocery store in Queenstown, Pak’nSave.

Cons of staying in Frankton:

Frankton is quite industrial and built up so, in my opinion, it’s not as pretty as some of the other areas listed. As I mentioned, it’s where the majority of large shops and supermarkets are located, so it can kind of feel like a concrete jungle at times. To enjoy Frankton the most, stay down towards the lake away from the airport and shopping malls.

Where to stay in Frankton:

The Hilton Resort and Spa Queenstown
The stunning Hilton Hotel!

$$ – The Hilton – this is just a short drive from Frankton on the edge of the Kelvin Heights neighborhood. This is the largest resort in Queenstown with a few onsite restaurants, an award-winning spa, and lots of rooms to choose from. You can also catch the ferry service from the pier into Queenstown (this costs $10 NZD per person return) or ride the complimentary shuttle. There’s a fantastic cycle track from the hotel along the lake and you can rent bikes from the hotel. I have stayed here before and it was absolutely lovely – their breakfast menu and the buffet is so delicious!

$ – Ramada Suites– a budget-friendly option with modern rooms, some rooms come with a kitchenette and laundry facilities. It’s just a 2-minute drive from the airport and the rooms here are apartment-style with fully equipped kitchens. Ideal if you plan on cooking some evenings. Despite the hotel being located in quite an industrial area, the views of The Remarkables are gorgeous.

$$ – The Sherwood – is an eco-friendly hotel located on Frankton Road – it’s about halfway between Queenstown and Frankton. It’s quirky and cozy and has an excellent onsite restaurant which is very popular with locals. The recently refurbished rooms contain lots of recycled materials and there’s an onsite vegetable garden. The bar/restaurant area often plays host to some great live musical acts.

My favorite thing to do in Frankton:

Frankton is on the way from Queenstown to Arrowtown, and while you can easily drive there, I prefer to make it a little more adventurous! My favorite activity that highlights Frankton is this full-day self-guided bike tour. Meeting in Queenstown, the tour company provides bikes, helmets, and a route map, then shuttles you to Arrowtown. You’ll then have as long as you want to bike the 18-kilometer trail and make stops along the way!

Of course, Arrowtown and the Shotover River viewpoints are notable stops, but I love stopping in Frankton for a pint. Altitude Brewing is one of the best breweries in Queenstown, and it’s conveniently located in Frankton along the bike route! Not only do you get a gorgeous day of adventuring, but you also get to explore Frankton in a unique way before heading back to Queenstown to return the bikes.

You can reserve a mountain bike for $90 NZD or an e-bike for $140 NZD. This ride can last as long as you want, but I usually like to go slow and enjoy the area and stops along the way. Check all the options and reserve your bike here!

Important Things to Consider Before Booking a Place to Stay in Queenstown

Ducks swim in Lake Wakatipu as seen from Queenstown waterfront, New Zeaand
Watch out for the ducks! Just kidding.

Booking in Advance – During the peak seasons, it is essential that you book your hotel in Queenstown well in advance. The best hotels always book fully, and you’d hate to miss out. During events, school holidays, and especially during December (Christmas and New Years), you really need to plan ahead!

Parking – This is a sore point in many centrally located Queenstown hotels. At properties like the Sofitel, parking is expensive, roughly $50 NZD per day for valet parking. However, you can find limited free parking at the Queenstown Gardens and One-Mile Car Park – but during school holidays and on weekends, it can be very difficult to find an empty spot. The majority of accommodation options outside central Queenstown provide free parking to their guests.

Ease of access to central Queenstown – Thankfully, all of the neighborhoods listed here have regular bus services operating into Queenstown. Purchase a Bee Card from your bus driver for $5 NZD and then each bus journey will cost you just $2 NZD (you can use one card for your entire group). If you don’t have a Bee Card then each journey will cost you $4 NZD. Worth noting is the last bus to Arrowtown and Arthurs Point is at 9:55 pm.

Cancellation policies – most of the properties here offer flexible cancellation policies given the travel climate of the past few years. However, it is always best to check the cancellation policy before booking. Often the cheapest available rate is non-refundable, so, make sure to check the fine print. If you want to guarantee you get the best price use Booking.com to book your stays. It’s the only platform for hotels I use and if you find your hotel (room, dates, and length of stay must be the same) cheaper at any point after booking they will match it.

Check the reviews – Always make sure to check the property reviews on booking sites like Booking.com or HostelWorld so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises during your stay. Past guests often praise and complain about the same things, so you will soon understand if a property is right for you before booking.

Amenities – Many hotels offer some great amenities like spas, parking, or breakfast. If a swimming pool is important to you, for example, always check to see if it will be in operation during your stay. Often hotels tend to do maintenance work in the off-season. It’s happened to me in the past and I don’t want you to get caught out the same way!

Must-Do Activities While in Queenstown

Bailey on the TSS Earnslaw
Jugging along on the TSS Earnslaw!
A boat travels right up to Stirling Falls in Milford Sound
Oh, the waterfalls!

While in Queenstown there are plenty of other activities that will keep you busy… Honestly, there are so many it’ll be hard to choose which ones to do! Below are some of my favorites.

  • Central Otago Wine Tour and Tasting – This is my personal favorite wine tour in Queenstown! It is one of the best values for money, for $239 NZD your tour bus will stop at 4 different boutique wineries in the Otago region that include a wide range of wine samples and a provided gourmet lunch platter. As you hop between wineries you’ll gaze out the window at spectacular views. This is a very popular tour, so be sure to book it in advance so you don’t miss out!
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise – This scenic and relaxing cruise in Queenstown is an activity great for any afternoon. The ship you will be cruising on is the Historic TSS Earnslaw and you will get to watch crew members add coal to the flames that power the vessel. Take in the mountain ranges and lush green valleys of Otago. You can also upgrade this tour here to include dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.
  • Queenstown Canyoning Adventure – Climb and jump off waterfalls, rappel, swim, and trek your way down a part of a Queenstown canyon with a qualified guide. This thrilling full-day activity is perfect for those who love adventure and exploration! As long as you aren’t afraid of heights and have a basic swimming ability you won’t need any other skills. They say don’t go chasing waterfalls, but I think it’s pretty fun- if you do too, book this tour here!
  • Day Trip to Milford Sound With Picnic Lunch – This tour will give you the ultimate ability to explore the beauty of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Not only will your guide stop at several impressive viewpoints on the way from Queenstown but there is also a cruise in Milford Sound included. This small-group tour goes for $289 NZD a person and I think it’s a really great value for a more personalized experience.
  • Extreme Jet Boating – Looking for a thrill? Jet Boating is one of New Zealand’s most unique activities. On the tour out of Queenstown, you’ll be able to zoom up the Shotover River through narrow canyons at high speeds and make 360-degree spins. Trust, me it’s epic and a great way to dive into Queenstown’s beauty!

Why I Book Tours on Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! I almost always book all of my tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Pay in your chosen currency – Avoid costly international transaction fees by choosing to pay in your home currency.
  • Peace of mind – When booking with tour operators you find in person on the street or in small booking offices, you are often promised one thing and given another. This online platform holds tour operators accountable with a written description of inclusions as well as the opportunity for customers to leave reviews.

Check out the Viator website here

Renting a Car, Campervan, or Motorhome in New Zealand

Bailey stands in front of a right green JUCY campervan
JUCY is one of my favorite campervan rental companies (read below for a discount code!)
Bailey stands behind her Mad Campers campervan cooking in the kitchen at Piha Beach
I also really like Mad Campers!

Let’s face it, you’re going to need wheels to get around New Zealand. Although a small country, buses between destinations are infrequent and expensive. Plus, some of the best experiences you can have in NZ are on road trips!

You have three options when it comes to getting wheels in New Zealand; a car, a campervan, or a motorhome. Here’s what you need to know about each and where to get them:

  • Car – A normal car is the cheapest rental vehicle you can get in New Zealand. It’ll get you around to all of the best destinations with ease. The only downside to a car is that you will need to stay in hotels or Airbnbs during your travels (no camping.) The easiest place to rent a car in New Zealand is on Discover Cars where you can compare cars, companies, prices, features, and more very easily.
  • Campervan – A Campervan is a large van that has a bed and a small kitchen in the back. It’s what most budget travelers use for traveling around New Zealand since it allows you to camp comfortably and for free (most) nights. Campervans are best for couples or solo travelers who are happy to live in a small space. You should also love the outdoors and camping…and be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime! My favorite campervan rental company is JUCY because they have a huge selection of campervans to choose from, plus multiple pick-up/drop-off locations. You can browse JUCY’s campervan selection online here. Alternatively, you can easily compare all campervans available in NZ on Motorhome Republic here.

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE: I’ve managed to snag a discount code for 5% off for my readers if you book your campervan or motorhome through JUCY or Star RV! Simply click here to select your JUCY campervan, or click here to select your Star RV motorhome, and then use the code DTRAVEL24 at checkout to get 5% off – it’s that easy!

Thanks for reading!

Bailey at Bennetts Bluff Lookout
Thanks for reading!

I really hope this blog has helped you gain a better understanding of Queenstown and the surrounding neighborhoods. With so many choices, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect hotel for you!

Thanks so much for reading! It’s been a pleasure to show you around the different neighborhoods in Queenstown. I really hope this blog has helped narrow down the best place to stay in Queenstown for you. If it did, then be sure to browse around some more and check out these blogs below!

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