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Destination Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.

The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, superb biking, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Queenstown is also home to several internationally renowned golf courses. Experience one of the many walking & hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.

Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognize many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning. Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.

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Race Inspired - Queenstown International Marathon
Race Inspired - Queenstown International Marathon

Getting There

Race Inspired - Queenstown International Marathon

Air New Zealand operates an extensive flight network into Queenstown enabling race participants and supporters to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the experience in this iconic part of the world. Queenstown Airport welcomes frequent Air New Zealand services from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as direct flights from a number of domestic destinations including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

To search fare and schedule information, use the fare finder above. Please note when making travel arrangements that race number collection will not be available on race day on Saturday 18 November 2017. Race number collection takes place on Thursday 16 November from 1:00pm – 7:00pm and Friday 17 November from 9.00am until 9.00pm.

Air New Zealand delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 13 million passengers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year. The airline operates more than 4,000 flights each week, connecting customers to 26 destinations within New Zealand and to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, China, Japan, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom. In recent years Air New Zealand has earned a global reputation as one of the world's most innovative airlines. Recent innovations have included the new Economy Skycouch as part of its new long-haul experience, the all black painted Boeing 777-300ER - the world's largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, and the end of the check-in queue for domestic and some international passengers thanks to a raft of new technologies.

Partnering with international celebrities such as Bear Grylls, Snoop Lion and Jesse Tyler Ferguson to share brand, retail and safety messages in a fresh and innovative way enables the airline to engage with a wide audience and further build an already strong brand globally. In 2014, Air New Zealand became the worldwide launch customer of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which transformed global air travel.


Getting around

Avis car rentals!

Great Rental Car Deals with Avis - Take advantage of this great offer and Get $50 off a 3+ day Avis rental. With so many people in Queenstown for the Queenstown International Marathon, rental cars will be in hot demand, so don’t delay! Avis also has a zero cancellation fee policy, so there’s no risk if your plans change and you’re unable to participate. Plus you’ll also earn 1 Fly Buys Point for every $10 of time and kilometre charges or 2.5 Airpoints Dollars per rental day.

Avis also have Avis Preferred Parking located next to the marathon finishing area at the Queenstown Marathon Event Hub. Spaces are limited so email with your Avis reservation number to reserve your space today!


Our accommodation partner, Accor, offers a choice of places to stay in Queenstown. All providing supreme comfort and central locations, a warm welcome awaits.

Accor will welcome you warmly to Queenstown with a diverse range of accommodation. In central locations and catering to all levels of comfort for you to relax around the race.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

From its enviable position within the heart of Queenstown, French antique chic sits aside sophisticated modern New Zealand design. This elegant boutique hotel presents 82 opulent guest rooms and suites providing intimacy and warmth with exquisite attention to detail.

Delivering exceptional personal service, the hotel truly embodies the Sofitel ‘art de vivre’. The award winning Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa presents an unsurpassed level of luxury and refinement in a pure premium location..

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Hotel St Moritz

Hotel St Moritz

Hotel St Moritz is a five-star hotel defined by its warm spirit and distinctive style that embodies the spirit of Queenstown. Located centrally, within walking distance to town, Hotel St Moritz offers a warm, lodge-style atmosphere and boasts truly magnificent views across Lake Wakatipu to the iconic Remarkables mountain range in the distance.

Lombardi restaurant and bar provides a relaxed ambience, offering an array of dining styles and spaces and features wonderful New Zealand cuisine.

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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Queenstown’s premier four-star hotel is ideally situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the CBD, only a minute’s walk from all that this iconic resort has to offer. Fresh and modern, Novotel combines contemporary design and facilities with professional and friendly service.

Novotel offers a range of room types with stunning alpine, lake and garden views that can be enjoyed from your private balcony or patio area. Dine in the New Zealand influenced Elements Restaurant or enjoy a Central Otago Pinot Noir in the Lakefront Rose garden. Novotel is committed to sustainability and features beehives on the hotel rooftops which produce its own Rooftop Honey.

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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa
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Mercure Queenstown Resort

Located on a unique vantage point overlooking the Lake Wakatipu and Remarkables Mountains with panoramic views. Offering lake or garden views from every accommodation room that feature mini- bars, LCD Sky TV and wifi. Mercure Queenstown offers a variety of dining options including the vibrant Lounge Bar for beverages and snacks and VISTA for a la carte dining with sensational views.

The hotel also has recreational facilities including a seasonal outdoor pool, spa pool, guest laundry, gymnasium and sauna. Complimentary car parking.

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Lake Wanaka

Perhaps New Zealand’s best-kept secret and just 45mins over the Crown Range from Queenstown, the Lake Wanaka region is a wonderland of epic adventures. An absolute must-do for those looking to get off the beaten track, it’s the place Kiwi’s come to holiday. And with four distinct seasons, each different from the last, it is every travellers dream destination – all year round.

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