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Where to Find the Best Views in Queenstown


Where to Find the Best Views in Queenstown
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Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooking jagged mountain peaks, Queenstown, New Zealand, is one of those rare places where the real-life scenery is even more magical than the postcards. From high-flying adventures to mountaintop lookouts and lake cruises, here’s where you'll find the most spellbinding views in Queenstown.


Skyline Queenstown

Enjoy "Remarkable" views.

Step aboard the Skyline Queenstown and ride up 1,312 feet (400 meters) to the summit of Bob’s Peak, where you can gaze out over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables mountain range.

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The Queenstown Gondola is one of the steepest in the Southern Hemisphere. Photo: udeyismail / Shutterstock

Sightseeing cruises

Get a new perspective on Queenstown.

The glistening waters of Lake Wakatipu and the adjoining rivers offer another perspective on Queenstown’s mountainous surrounds. Sightseeing cruises come in many different forms, from relaxed steamship excursions to thrill-a-minute jet boat rides.

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Helicopter tours

You can't beat a bird's-eye view.

Hop into a chopper for a high-flying adventure. Helicopter tour options include flights to Milford Sound, where travelers pass over Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Helicopter tours also fly to the Southern Alps, where it’s possible to land on the icy expanse of the Jura Glacier.

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Some of the best views of Queenstown can be had from a helicopter. Photo: messi50mm / Shutterstock

Coronet Peak

Sunny summer vistas.

In the winter, the views from Coronet Peak ski field are often obscured by cloud, but on clear summer days, the panoramas wow with mountain peaks rising in every direction. Between September and April, you can hang glide from the ski field, enjoying bird’s-eye views of the surrounds as you soar through the air.

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Queenstown Hill

Views plus action-packed adventure.

The 1,640-foot (500-meter) climb up Queenstown Hill is strenuous, though the rewards—views of Cecil Peak, Lake Wakatipu, and the Kawarau River—make it worthwhile. Thrill-hungry travelers can opt for all-terrain vehicle tours, steering their way to the summit.

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Hang gliding over Queenstown is another popular way to soak up the sights. Photo: Puripat Lertpunyaroj / Shutterstock

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Hi, I'm Mandy!

Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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See all Queenstown tours
279 tours & tickets
Things to do in Queenstown
See all things to do in Queenstown
How to Tackle Queenstown as a First Timer
Visiting Queenstown for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do