Finding yourself in Queenstown for New Year is a great
opportunity to not only celebrate but to get out there and explore.
This resort town has stunning vistas of Lake Wakapitu and also
beautiful views of the mountains around it, including The
Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Ben Lomond.
It’s easy to see why this is a popular destination, not only with tourists but film makers who found the terrain perfect for films such as Lord of the Rings, X-Men Origins and 80s classic, Willow!
You are surrounded by hiking, biking and mountain climbing trails, vineyards for wine tasting, seven golf courses, white water rafting, canoeing, boat cruises and for the brave, perhaps a bit of bungee jumping or sky diving, so much to do!
Of course if you’re just looking to kick back and relax, you can opt for some gentle strolls, café lunches, stress releasing Yoga and days spent in the spa to really unwind. There’s quite a few to choose from, maybe indulge in a massage at the Body Sanctum Day Spa or immerse yourself in one of the Hot pools under the stars at Onsen Hot Pools. Then head to the lakefront to watch the beautiful sunsets over Lake Wakatipu.
There’s really only one place you should be heading to if you
want to party the night away with thousands of other revellers.
Earnslaw Park, at the waterfront has a massive free party every year
with live entertainment on 2 big stages, food stalls and fabulous
fireworks. It is an alcohol free zone, but of course there are bars
nearby that you can pop into to get some refreshments, but on the
whole, this is great fun for all the family.
For those who want to take on the bars, there are a couple of New Year pub crawls to partake in, but you’ll need to book your place on these in advance.
Take yourself to Marine Parade to watch the fireworks light up over Queenstown Bay and enjoy the buzz of New Years eve.
The bars and restaurants, like most places, will have events planned, check with the venue closer to the time to see tickets/reservations info.
There are some fabulous restaurants in Queenstown, especially around the lakefront, these will be busy as they are prime spots, so book your table in advance:
Ivy & Lolas Kitchen + Bar
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Queenstown gets busy at New Year, so it’s best not to leave your
accommodation to the last minute as you may be sorely disappointed,
get your reservation as soon as you can:
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
The Dairy Private Hotel
Browns Boutique Hotel
The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.