Queenstown in Winter

Things to do in Queenstown - A Complete Guide


Over the years, Queenstown has come to be the official adventure capital of the world. With so much to offer, it can be hard to know what to do or where to start as a first-time visitor.

That’s why Shotover Jet, Queenstown’s premiere jet boating experience, has developed a complete guide to our amazing town.


Key facts about Queenstown

  • Population: 15,850
  • Tourists per year: 3.3 million
  • Indigenous People: Ngāi Tahu Māori

Queenstown may have a small population, but the community serves millions of tourists from all over the world every single year. Shotover Jet is proudly owned and operated by Ngāi Tahu, The Māori iwi (tribe) of this land whose connection to the river goes back centuries. Only Ngāi Tahu has exclusive access to the Shotover Canyons as well as a host of other attractions all over New Zealand.


There are plenty of places to stay, things to do, and sights to see in Queenstown. From Arrowtown to The Remarkables, the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island is hard to compare to anywhere else on Earth. So how can you see it all?

Taking a scenic helicopter ride is one of the best ways to see the area, especially if you don’t have the time to explore each location. An aerial overview of Queenstown’s breathtaking landscape in one afternoon is something everyone needs to experience at least once in their life.


Queenstown has so many options for travelling families to make the most of their trip. It really is the perfect place for children to make amazing memories that they’ll cherish forever.

Exploring Queenstown’s beautiful Lake Wakatipu, known as ‘Lord Of The Rings’ country, or having a picnic in Glenorchy is a great way for families to bond.

For more ideas, read our in-depth guide for families travelling to Queenstown.

Snowshoe trip with the family


Summer is a beautiful time to visit Queenstown, it’s also a peak season for visitors, reaching its height around the end of December.

Summer is also the perfect time to book a ride with on our jet boats. While we operate all-year round, the Shotover Canyon is particularly scenic on a summer’s day. Shotover Jet has been one of Queenstown’s top attractions for over 50 years with a rich history going back to 1965. But there’s still so much more to do during Summer.

For a more in-depth breakdown, explore our tips for travelling to Queenstown in summer.

Two visitors enjoying the ride on Shotover Jet


The high season for Queenstown is usually between June and August and the temperature lies between -2 and 8 degrees Celsius.

Skiing is one of the main attractions for Queenstown, but make sure that you don’t miss out on the other winter action like snowmobiling, scenic helicopter rides, and snowshoeing.

Learn more in our guide to making the most of winter in Queenstown.

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Queenstown Snowmobiles