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Getting around Queenstown

Public transport

Queenstown is small enough to explore on foot. The only public transport available is the bus service operated by Connectabus (tel: +64 3 441 4471; Bus services start outside the O'Connell's Shopping Centre, Camp Street, and stop at the airport, as well as many hotels.

You can pay by cash or using a reloadable GoCard. One- and seven-day passes are available.


The main taxi providers in Queenstown are Alpine Taxi (tel: +64 3 442 6666) and Queenstown Taxis (tel: +64 3 450 3000).


It doesn’t make much sense to drive around Queenstown, as the centre is so compact. Parking is also severely limited.

Car hire

Car hire companies in Queenstown include Apex (tel: 0800 500 660, in New Zealand;, Hertz (tel: +64 3 442 4106; and Network Car Rentals (tel: 0800 427 055 or +64 3 442 7055;

Bicycle hire

Outside Sports has a specialised bike store at 9 Shotover Street (tel: +64 3 441 0074;, which rents out tough off-road bikes.

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Featured Hotels


Tanoa Aspen Hotel

This Alpine-style resort offer 87 rooms ranging from lake-facing rooms, some with private balconies, to homely, two-bedroom apartments. There's also 24 hour service, a stoage area for skis, snowboards and bikes, laundry facilities, two spas, complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and a restaurant with fantastic views.

Hotel St Moritz

Within easy walking distance of the central area, this hotel enjoys a dramatic setting with panoramic lake and mountain views. Every sumptuously decorated room boasts a 40" LCD television with i-pod docking station, while there's a stylish bar, dining room and library featuring a stunning stone fireplace.

Four Seasons Motel

All 15 rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities, DVD, stereo and flat screen TVs. There's a 15m (45ft) outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, BBQ, grassed play area, guest laundry and drying room for skis. Best of all, it's a short walk into the centre of town.

Hippo Lodge

This backpackers hostel offers a mix of shared and private accommodation. It has a homely friendly, with accommodation split into three separate houses. Good option for those on a budget.

The Black Sheep

One of the better hostels in town, The Black Sheep is located just a short walk from the city centre. Secure car parking is available. There is a spa pool, two BBQ areas, a pool table and a bar on site, plus free breakfast in the morning. Wi-fi is available throughout.

The Diary

The Dairy is a classy operation - formerly a corner store, this sumptuous guest house contains 13 intimate rooms, all kitted out with designer touches and a contemporary feel. Breakfasts and afternoon teas are a treat, and there are open fireplaces for those chilly evenings. Great packages are available for skiers in winter.