Considered to be New Zealand’s fourth busiest airport, Queenstown Airport hosted about 1.25 million passengers from 2013 to 2014. It is located in Frankton which is 10 minutes away from the world-class four-season resort of Queenstown. The airport is composed of a single level terminal building with 10 tarmac gates. Aside from airport services, Queenstown Airport is also the country’s busiest helicopter base also used for the “flightseeing” of tourists. The airport has become very busy since it connects other places in the country. The winter season is considered to be the busiest with an expected 40 international flight arrivals and departures on selected weeks.
What to see & do
Queenstown is a perfect destination for wine lovers since this place houses more than 200 vineyards that produce great-tasting wines especially in Central Otago Pinot Noir and Gibbston Valley. These places can be explored in a wine tour where wine tasting is a must. If you will not be able to do a wine tour, restaurants and cafes in Queenstown offer a taste of these wines.
Dubbed as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is known for its thrilling activities like bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, river surfing, canyon swinging, and jet boat riding.
The winter is one of the most awaited seasons in Queenstown since the place serves as a snow playground for locals and visitors alike. It is also famous for its snowboarding and skiing opportunities with the place having four ski fields. Other exciting winter sports to try include family ice skating, snow shoeing, and snowmobile riding.
If you want to see a great view of the environment, have a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. You will be awed with the presence of the mountains, falls and species while on the cruise.
How to get around within Queenstown
A number of buses operate in Queenstown taking passengers around the town mostly on major locations like Invercargill, Dunedin, and Christchurch. A small local bus service called Connectabus serves three routes – the airport, Remarkables Park shopping centre, and going to Arrowtown. For a more convenient travel, a door-to-door night bus also offers rides on weekends from the O’Connell shopping mall to destinations such as Frankton, Arrowtown, and Kelvin Heights.
If you are already in the city centre, you can just walk to the destinations where you would like to go to. Boat tours also offer a great way to explore Queenstown and these are being offered to tourists several times in a day. Tour operators, on the other hand, would most of the time include transportation in their tour packages for visitors to easily travel from one place to another.
How to get there
Airlines such as Air New Zealand, Glenorchy Air, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Tauck Tours have flights to Queenstown Airport from places like Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Mildford Sound, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Rotorua. It also has connecting flights to the major centres in New Zealand and has direct flights from Australian cities during ski seasons. Queenstown Airport also caters to private jets and other aircrafts taking off and landing on the air terminal.
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