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Queenstown sits in a spectacular lakeside and alpine setting in the south-west of the South Island.

With endless heli-ski terrain on the doorstep and two ski resorts located in close proximity, Queenstown is the perfect destination for a winter trip with a difference. Take in the stunning views over Lake Wakatipu from The Remarkables ski resort and finish your day wine tasting or bungee jumping in the afternoon.

Queenstown itself has the relaxed, cosmopolitan vibe you’d expect from a place where visitors from around the world mix with locals the whole year round. It’s a place that truly offers something for everyone, and plenty to do away from the mountains, from sky diving and biking to scenic flights and wellness retreats, festivals and wineries to art galleries and heritage tours.

Queenstown is also home to some of the best restaurants in New Zealand, with fresh local produce proudly transformed into a mouthwatering variety of cuisines. And if it’s nightlife you want then look no further than the local pubs and bars, where you’ll find live music and a warm local welcome.

Queenstown’s ski season runs from June to October, but we’d recommend visiting in August or September for more reliable snow.