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 New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown 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.

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Getting there

Air New Zealand operate 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.



Getting Around

Orbus is the public bus system connecting the airport, Queenstown centre, Frankton, Kelvin Heights, Jack’s Point, Arrowtown, Fernhill and Sunshine Bay. 

Services depart Queenstown Airport every 15 minutes from 06.15am to 12.15am. The Frankton bus hub connects all the services, and is in walking distance to the Events Centre Athlete Check-In location. 

To find your nearest stop, timetable and to plan your journey, click here. You can also download Transit to plan your travel and get real time bus information.

To make the most of your stay, get a Bee Card. The Bee Card reduces the cost of one-way journeys to only $2 no matter where you are going in Queenstown, and you may be able to use your Bee Card when you get back home as the Bee Card is valid in 8 other regions in New Zealand. Top up your Bee card in advance at www.BeeCard.co.nz or buy one/op up with cash on the bus when you get here. The Bee card costs $5 along with a minimum of $5 top up. 

Please remember, face coverings for example masks, are mandatory on public transport across New Zealand.

For more information, go to https://www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/queenstown-buses


Queenstown has accommodation for every taste and budget - from luxury retreats, romantic cottages and elegant boutique hotels to B&B's, farmstays and homestays. Superior motels, urban apartments, self-contained cottages and holiday parks provide independence and plenty of space for families and groups.

There will be transport running from Queenstown Memorial Centre and car parking at the start lines so no matter where you chose to stay, you’ll be in for a great time.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown

Make us your basecamp and stay at Queenstown’s newest downtown hotel only 5 minutes walk from all the bars, restaurants, shopping and activities. We keep it simple and smart by providing our guests with more where it matters most, with fast check-in, free Express Start Buffet Breakfast included, free high-speed uncapped Wi-Fi, comfy beds and a choice of pillows in your room and everything else needed for a great stay within arm’s reach. The hotel features 227 rooms including Standard Queens, King Splits, Queen Twins through to One and Two Bedroom spacious suites with king size beds, separate lounge with double sofa and kitchenettes, perfect for a group of friends to spread out.  With a cool and modern alpine vibe, relax in our Great Room by our roaring fireplaces with a glass of Central Otago wine or local craft tap beer, in our restaurant enjoying classics prepared by our hotel chefs, or in our outdoor terrace watching the sunset by the inviting fire pit - a perfect place for pre/post-race drinks. 

Chase me if you can Marathon Weekend Deal!  We are offering upto 15% off accommodation for all Marathon Athletes and Supporters at the Holiday Inn Express. Contact Reservations on res.zqnqt@proinvesthotels.com and mention “Marathon Deal” to secure your booking now! 


Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Welcome to Crowne Plaza Queenstown, where you will find yourself reconnecting with powerful landscapes and inspiring mountain & lake views. Our Queenstown accommodation is on a privileged site, just opposite the historic Steamer Wharf and prime lakeside eating, drinking and entertainment destinations. Here you can experience the pleasure of being right in the heart of town for the Queenstown Marathon.   Take advantage of our Marathon Athletes and Supporters offer with up to 15% off for the Queenstown Marathon weekend.  Contact Reservations on crowneplaza.queenstown@ihg.com and mention “Marathon Discount” to secure your booking now!

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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.

Begin your adventure here…

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Tri Travel, as the official Australian Tour operator for the New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon, have the best entry packages and travel options for our athletes.

Race Entry, Travel, Accommodation

Tri Travel provide race entry packages, the best Queenstown event accommodation and a comprehensive race week itinerary to make the most of your time in this beautiful region. Tri Travel arrange all the travel logistics and are the leaders in sports travel solutions for athletes and their supporters. Tri Travel have been helping athletes achieve their goals for 20 years. Our travel packages to New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon includes:

  • Comprehensive race week schedule
  • Best race accommodation for all budgets
  • Transfers during race week
  • Discounted Race Entries
  • Discounted travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Post travel solutions

Tri Travel are the most experienced team in the sporting travel business. Travel with confidence and race your best, knowing that all your travel, racing and itinerary needs are being taken care of by our dedicated team for your New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon experience. 

The Tri Travel Experience

Tours and Travel designed by athletes for athletes
With over 200 years of combined experience among our team in travel and sport, our products are built around our own event knowledge and experience. Family, friends and supporters are all fully catered for, as we know that no athlete completes their goals alone. 

Peace of mind for athletes
Right from their first enquiry, Tri Travel provide athletes with a seamless online global travel system. From here, our experienced team members confirm all the travel details, and begin to build the client rapport that we are proudly known for. 

Our athletes are fully prepared for their journey, and from the moment they arrive and are met by our team, everything is taken care of. They can save all of their physical, emotional and mental energy for the race, safe in the knowledge that Tri Travel have all the logistics covered.

Experience counts
Our team has travelled the world and looked after thousands of athletes. We care about our athletes and their supporters and love creating life experiences and memories for them all.

Stronger together
Getting to the finish line of the world’s biggest events like the New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon takes a huge effort, and no one knows how to make that happen better than the experienced team at Tri Travel.

Package details with accommodation options are available now.

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Email res@tritravel.com.au for more information.

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