New Zealand's most popular adventure destination. 


Queenstown Destination

Queenstown is New Zealand’s outdoor adventure capital, an internationally renowned tourism and lifestyle destination.


Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. With a stunning range of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing and snowboarding in the winter, while activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the spectacular Jack's Point mountain biking trails. 


Queenstown Tourism

Queenstown is generally considered to be the “jewel in the crown” of New Zealand tourism destinations. This reputation is a function of the community’s location in the heart of the Southern Alps, and the broad range of year-round activities on offer. While New Zealand as a whole has experienced dramatic growth in tourism, such increased demand has been particularly acute in Queenstown. 

Tourist guest nights have increased at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost nine percent over the past five years.

  • Queenstown International Airport is a full-service facility which supports all-weather and night operations

  • Direct flights between domestic and international destinations, including Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

  • Overall airport visitor traffic has increased at a CAGR of 12% overall for the past five years, with international arrivals growing by a CAGR of 21%

  • Total number of visitors to Queenstown rose from approximately 1.9 million in 2009 to approximately 3.2 million in 2017

  • Total daily spend per visitor night was approximately $1,400

  • The population of the Queenstown Lakes District is 35,000, providing a baseline of local demand for lodging.

  • Queenstown-Lakes District population has grown at a CAGR of 5.5% over the past five years based on official figures (anecdotal evidence suggests that actual population growth may be meaningfully higher)

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Queenstown Airport

Four commercial airlines currently operate at the airport: Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, and Virgin Australia.

Arrivals into Queenstown Airport reached 1,106,559 in 2018, up from 989,856 in the previous year. Since 2017, arrivals are up 26% from 876,650 passengers.

Queenstown Airport services the region with frequent domestic and trans-Tasman flights.  It receives direct scheduled services from New Zealand’s main metropolitan ports of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which provide strong regional links throughout the country, as well as from the Australian cities of Brisbane, Coolangatta, Sydney and Melbourne.  Auckland and Sydney airports are the major international hub airports for long-haul visitors to the region.

New Zealand Tourism

New Zealand Tourism Forecasts 2019 – 2025:

  • Visitor arrivals to New Zealand are expected to grow 4.0 per cent a year, reaching 5.1 million visitors in 2025 — from 3.9 million in 2018. Total international spend is expected to reach $15.0 billion in 2025, up 34 per cent from 2018.

  • Australia is New Zealand’s largest visitor market, providing more than 1.5 million visitors in 2018. The forecasts show that this market will continue to be healthy, and looks set to grow by 19 per cent by 2025.

  • Another key market for New Zealand is China. China visitor numbers are expected to grow 55 per cent in the forecast period, increasing from 449,000 in 2018 to reach 696,000 by 2025.

  • Australia will remain the largest market by spend, though Chinese spend will reduce the gap by 2025.

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