Queenstown Points Of Interest

Our Queenstown Points Of Interest guide is all about highlighting those must see scenic places that you just need to check out. Often off the tourist trail, our local knowledge uncovers those hidden gems that demonstrate the beauty of Queenstown.

With the incredible lake and mountain scenery, the budget conscious can discover some real hidden gems that don't cost a thing! Away from the paid activities and attractions, our local team has uncovered the areas and places that are well worth seeking out. Former gold mining sites, incredible viewing points, scenic lakes and reserves and historical buildings all feature and are all free to visit! There's even disc golf in Queenstown Gardens, a popular activity that involves tackling 18 holes with a frisbee.

Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

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A short 15 minute drive from Queenstown, Lake Hayes is a stunning lake with 360 mountain views. The loop trail offers a 2 to 3 hour walk to enjoy the scenery. A favourite spot with cyclists & joggers.

Cardrona Hall and Church

Cardrona Hall and Church Cardrona, Queenstown

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The Cardrona Hall was constructed in 1879 as the local school while the Church was built even earlier. Both structures are a reminder of the past and are landmark buildings in Cardrona.

Old Cromwell Town Historic Precinct

Old Cromwell Town Historic Precinct Cromwell, Queenstown

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Located on the clear waters of Lake Dunstan, the charming historic attraction has original and reconstructed buildings of the 1860's gold town of Cromwell.

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement Arrowtown, Queenstown

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Fascinating restoration of the old Chinese settlement in this former gold mining town. Historic reminder of the 'forgotten' community, and the contribution they made to Arrowtown's fortunes.

Shaky Bridge

Shaky Bridge Alexandra, Queenstown

Opened in 1879, Shaky Bridge is an Alexandra landmark and a relic from the goldmining era.

Bannockburn Sluicings

Bannockburn Sluicings Bannockburn, Queenstown

Bannockburn Sluicings and the nearby Stewart Town offer evidence of the Otago's gold mining era in a dramatic setting.

Arrow River 150th Anniversary Walk

Arrow River 150th Anniversary Walk Arrowtown, Queenstown

A beautiful and tranquil 4.2km loop walkway along the banks of the Arrow River. The trail was created by the Otago Regional Council in 1998 to mark 150 years of European Settlement in Otago.

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

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The Queenstown Gardens are just a few minutes walk from central Queenstown and offer a beautiful and tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle.

Marine Parade

Marine Parade Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

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Marine Parade includes well maintained lawns overlooking Queenstown Beach and Lake Wakatipu.

Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge Alexandra, Queenstown

The remnants of Alexandra Suspension Bridge over the Clutha River are an impressive sight. Large masonry piers, towers and abutments from the original bridge that was constructed between 1879 and 1882

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