QUEENSTOWN - GETTING AROUND
Getting around on two feet in the small, compact town center of Queenstown is a breeze. Many attractions are within walking distance and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and vibrant nightlife options right within walking distance of each other. Stroll down to the lake and walk along the promenade or Beach Road which also features many places to eat and shop with easy access to Queenstown Beach and Queenstown Gardens, as well as Steamers Wharf where boat tours depart.
Queenstown spectacular surroundings provide many walking paths, trails and hikes up mountains and through forests and gorges, over bridges and through wine regions. The best way to get out and explore the magnificent regions of this beautiful region is by walking and exploring.By Bicycle
The city boasts plenty of bicycle tracks and biking trails for a leisurely ride or for a more strenuous cross-country, trail riding or even heli-biking experience. There is a wide array of terrain to be explored by bike in the remote areas of the region and the city offers the only gondola-accessed downhill mountain biking park in the southern hemisphere. Here you can choose from cycling tours, self-guided adventures, short rides and multi-day biking trips. There are numerous rental shops in the city especially in the downtown area where you can rent bicycles, electric bikes, and mountain bikes. The gorgeous Queenstown Trail is a popular route to cycle, a 74-mile long network of off-road trails that winds through unspoiled land through Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, and Gibbston. You can hire a bike in Gibbston Valley know as the `Valley of Vines` and explore the beautiful wine region with various wineries and vineyards.By Boat
Boats cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown and depart from Steamer Wharf on Beach Street behind Queenstown Beach. The popular TSS Earnslaw Cruises depart at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm for 90-minute cruises on board the vintage steamship. The ride takes passengers out to Walter peak Farm and tickets cost around NZ$55 per adult and NZ$22 for children.By Bus
Ritchies Connectabus is the main form of public transportation in Queenstown, buses make several stops throughout town including The Remarkables Park Shopping Center, Arrowtown, and Lake Hayes Estate. There are six routes offered and buses run every 20 minutes from 6:00 am until 11:30 pm daily, buses are bright yellow and easily identifiable. Tickets cost around NZ$4.50 for adults and NZ$3.50 for children or you can purchase a 7-day visitors pass for about NZ$47 which provides unlimited travel on the connectabus network.
There is a night bus that runs in the city on the weekends, the bus runs every hour on the hour from 11:59 pm until 5:00 am. Buses can be found in front of the O`Connell shopping mall and is a great alternative to taxis.By Car
Exploring the beautiful area of Queenstown and its surrounding areas by car is a great idea, having a car is a necessity if you plan on traveling to the outer-lying attractions such as The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Having a car allows you to explore the spectacular surroundings and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at your own pace. If you plan to only see the city center of Queenstown a car is not required. Parking can be very limited in the city center, there is a parking garage located on Man Street near the Sofitel Hotel. Keep in mind the roads in New Zealand are often narrow and winding with rough terrain, be cautious when driving and take it slow and remember driving in NZ is on the left-hand side of the road. The Southern Scenic Route through Otago and Southland is a spectacular drive.By Taxi
Taxis are available in Queenstown with three main companies that operate in the city including Queenstown Taxis, Green Cabs, and Corporate Cabs. Taxis can be found in the center of town at taxi stands or ordered over the phone with fares starting at NZ$4.75 and NZ$6.44 for every mile. For more information visit www.queenstown.bluebubbletaxi.co.nz or www.greencabs.co.nz.