Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The picturesque town is nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges.
The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure, and in November the longer spring days provide lots of daylight hours to explore. Adrenalin activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are there to temps the adventurous, but if hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available.
Queenstown is home to several internationally renowned golf courses, and you can explore parts of the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon course and beyond by foot or bike on the Queenstown Trail, and surrounding walking and hiking tracks for some active recovery.
Sightseeing tours can immerse you in the back country or Lord of the Rings scenery, or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine across the region.
Twenty minutes from Queenstown, near the Marathon start line, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and well alongside a vibrant café, bar and restaurant scene. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning on the Arrow River. Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley, with scenic braided rivers and sheer mountains to take in.
Find out more about the stunning Queenstown region here.
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.
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.
Our accommodation partner, Accor hotels.com, offers a choice of places to stay in Queenstown. All providing supreme comfort and central locations, a warm welcome awaits.
Accor hotels.com 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 & 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.
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.
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is nestled on the lakefront located in the heart of Queenstown. Its’ fantastic location gives you walking access to local restaurants, cafes, shops and activities. Novotel is a contemporary hotel with a fresh and modern outlook. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, fitness facilities, Jacuzzi, valet parking, concierge service, in-room yoga and pillow menu. Enjoy fresh seasonal New Zealand Cuisine at Elements Restaurant & Bar, choose to dine inside or outside in our beautiful lake facing rose gardens.
Let us help you create your perfect trip whether you’re looking for local recommendations with our concierge or relax with a coffee or cocktail in our rose gardens. Soak up the sun, grab a book or play some garden games, come to Novotel to relax. Our friendly staff await your arrival.
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 South Eatery for a la carte dining with sensational views.
The hotel also has recreational facilities including a seasonal outdoor pool, spa pools, guest laundry, gymnasium and sauna. Complimentary car parking.
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.