Southland Gardens and Parks

With such unspoiled scenery and natural wonders all around, it's no surprise that Gardens & Parks in Queenstown are among the most visited attractions here. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Queenstown's floral green belt.  

Queenstown's Gardens & Parks celebrate all four seasons in a colourful, vibrant wonderland of serenity and beauty. If you're here between October and March, sign up to a Queenstown Garden Tour, a unique way of exploring the best of the area's gardens. They'll take you over to Arrowtown to see the famous tree blossoms, and also visit private gardens that you wouldn't otherwise get to see.   The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a lovely way to spend the day, observing birds in their natural habitat, and also taking advantage of the quiet, pretty parkland. In the city center, you're a stone's throw from Queenstown Gardens, on the lakeside. It's the perfect place for a picnic, and there are lots of paths criss-crossing the flat greenery. If you're lucky, you'll even catch a match at Queenstown Cricket Club.   Further out, there are two scenic reserves, Ben Lomond (site of Skyline Queenstown) and Queenstown Hill. Both give unparalleled views of the city, and are popular with trampers and mountain bikers.

Rakiura National Park

Rakiura National Park Southland, Queenstown

New Zealand's newest national park, on the rough and ruggedly beautiful Stewart Island. Majestic forests, scenic nature reserves and the world's best place to find wild kiwi.

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