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Travel to Queenstown

Flying to Queenstown

There are no direct flights to Queenstown from the UK. Indirect flights to Queenstown are available via Auckland  with Air New Zealand and via Sydney with Qantas. The peak season to fly to New Zealand is between December and February during the summer. The cheapest flights are often available between mid-April and mid-June. 

Flight times

From London - 28 hours (including stopover); New York - 25 hours (including stopover);Los Angeles  - 16 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Sydney  - 3 hours.

Travel by road

If you want to drive around New Zealand, you’ll be in good company – self-drive holidays are popular thanks to the country’s largely uncrowded roads, scenic routes and short distances between different destinations. Road conditions are excellent but in winter and spring, some roads on the South Island may be closed due to snow and ice.

Traffic drives on the left. The legal driving age is 16 years, although there are restrictions placed on drivers under 18. Speed limits are 100kph (62mph) on open roads, 50kph (31mph) in urban areas and 20kph (12mph) in the vicinity of schools and stopped school buses.

You need an International Driving Permit or a current driver’s licence from your home country to drive in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Automobile Association (www.aa.co.nz) provides information on road conditions (tel: 0900 33 222, in New Zealand) and general information (tel: 0800 500 444, in New Zealand) and has a reciprocal agreement with the British AA, so visiting members can get free maps.

Emergency breakdown services

AA New Zealand (tel: 0800 500 222, in New Zealand).

Routes

The main road through Queenstown is Highway 6, which runs from Invercargill on the south coast, through Queenstown, then north via Cromwell, the Haast Pass and the West Coast, right up to Nelson and Blenheim. Highway 89 is a more rugged alternative route north to Wanaka; it may however be impassable for certain vehicles in winter.

Coaches

Intercity Coach Lines (tel: +64 3 442 4922; www.intercity.co.nz) run competitively priced services to Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers via Wanaka. Buses depart from the Athol Street bus terminal.

Atomic Shuttles (tel: +64 3 349 0697; www.atomictravel.co.nz) is another locally based provider.

Time to city

From Wanaka - 1 hour; Milford Sound - 5 hours; Franz Josef Glacier - 5 hours; Christchurch - 6 hours.

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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.