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Queenstown is surrounded by spectacular neighbouring regions, making it the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes and lower South Island of New Zealand.

The Southern Lakes area, in the south west corner of the South Island of New Zealand, is a diverse region made up of spectacular scenery and awesome landscapes, with several beautiful towns populating the region.

Together with Queenstown, Arrowtown, GibbstonGlenorchyKingstonWanaka and Fiordland all make up the impressive Southern Lakes region. Each of these beautiful towns has a unique identity, friendly people, are set against a backdrop of world class landscapes and are great places to visit. Must do's include scenic tours in Milford Sound, exploring Arrowtown's historic gold mining history, immersing yourself in the mountainous landscapes of Glenorchy and tasting award winning wines in Gibbston.

The Queenstown region has a colourful and rich history and a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape the region's proposition as the home of adventure. The world famous landscapes provide the backdrop for many attractions, activities, nature tours and a huge range of experiences from adrenaline thrills to scenic adventures and world-renowned food and wine.

Queenstown is easily accessible via New Zealand's major highways, bus routes and Queenstown International Airport, and offers a range of quality accommodation and services, from transport to visitor information centres, to ensure you are well equipped to explore our region. 

Queenstown is the perfect base to explore the Southern Lakes region and beyond, and the surrounding regions can be easily explored on a day trip or overnight trip from Queenstown.

Explore Regions and Towns Near Queenstown

Arrowtown, New Zealand

Gibbston, New Zealand

Glenorchy, New Zealand

Kingston, New Zealand

Fiordland, New Zealand

Wanaka, New Zealand


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