Queenstown is on the edge of a huge mountain. So depending on where you are at, it offers great views of the surrounds. There is not many locals here as much of the people coming here are tourists, so walking through town you know that it caters for the tourist. Do go and walk in the botanical gardens. It is almost hidden away, right by the lakeside. There are bowls, tennis, and even frisby golf to play. The park is a hidden gem. There are also a few small towns arround to explore.
Queenstown is definitely a party town - there's a lot of fun to be had here so make sure you pop in.
Queenstown is a very well known backpacker destination in the south island of New Zealand. Which is why there are so many hostels in Queenstown. It's based in an area called Queenstown Bay, and has amazing views of the surrounding mountains and scenery that makes the southern island of New Zealand so famous.
In the high season, Queenstown is a party place. Pub crawls and hostel activities (many of them very outgoing) take place every single day, and the streets are packed with party-goers. Almost all of the Queenstown hostels are situated in the compact main town area, which is also the most convenient place to stay (unless you have a car).
Queenstown has been known for a long time for its extreme sports activities. And there are activities galore — bungee, skydiving, paragliding, hang-gliding, rafting, boating, biking, tramping, you name it. There are plenty of info centers and agencies to ask about details, but you can also ask for information to your Queenstown hostel. It is no surprise that Queenstown is often referred to as the "Adventure Capital of the World".
There is great shopping to do in the town, with many small shops to explore. There is also the famous Fergburger, which arguably serves the best burgers in all of New Zealand.
Queenstown is served by the Queenstown airport, and also bus operators from other cities in the south island.