Queenstown & Arrowtown

A striking 60 minute drive from Wānaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown lie within the picturesque Wakatipu basin. The region has rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air and plenty to do. From bungy jumping to wine trails, jet boating to trekking, dining out to skiing - the hard part is fitting everything in.

Easily accessible from Wānaka across the stunning Cardrona Valley and Crown Range road – the highest paved highway in the country, both Queenstown and Arrowtown have captured the hearts and imaginations since the first Maori came in search of pounamu (greenstone) and the giant Moa bird. More recently gold miners, adventurers, film makers and even Hollywood stars have all been drawn by Queenstown’s intense alpine energy and stunning scenery. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from wherever you are.

Nearby Arrowtown is a combination of striking seasonal changes, historic buildings and quiet charm while Glenorchy is bordered by the World Heritage Area and surrounded by mountains, glacier-fed rivers and beech forest.

A wide range of accommodation options from holiday parks, backpackers, motels, hotels, hosted bed and breakfasts, holiday homes to secluded boutique lodges are available in the region.

A vibrant winter playground for ski and snowboard enthusiasts Queenstown is just as active during the rest of the year with trekking, boating, and a host of adrenaline-pumping thrills the area is famous for. Those after a more relaxing time can indulge in the magnificent scenery and wealth of award-winning vineyards located in Gibbston Valley, explore the area on an arts trail or enjoy a game of golf on one of the area’s world-class courses.

Visit the official Queenstown website

Connecting daily bus services link Wānaka and Queenstown – handy as a transfer from Queenstown Airport to Lake Wānaka.

Click links below to check out availability and make online bookings for Queenstown accommodation and activities:

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Driving to Wanaka Explore the Region

Driving to Wānaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wānaka.

How to get to Wānaka

Explore the Region

Wānaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wānaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wānaka

Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka