Take a Road Trip to Queenstown on a Cheap Car Rental
Queenstown is New Zealand's favourite visitor destination. First known for snow sports, and as a winter destination, it's grown to become a centre for adventure tourism. Bungy jumping was invented here! It is now a truly all-year round destination, beautiful in autumn and spring, with amazing colours as the seasons change. In summer, many activities are based around the lakes. Of course, it is still a hive of activity and innovation during the winter for alpine sports. The landscapes had a starring role in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. There are many ways to explore the film locations, such as horse treks and guided drives. It is also home to some of New Zealand's premier golf courses, such as The Hills and Millbrook; home to to ISPS Handa New Zealand Golf Open each March.
Last winter Queenstown airport completed a 1.65 million dollar lighting project, involving 200 LED lights, as part of their runway upgrade to allow evening flights.
Here are Booking Tips and Tricks to Enjoy the Country's Top Tourist Spot in Comfort
Booking a rental car in Queenstown is now quick and easy. Plan your travel by setting your budget, selecting a pickup and return address, and finally choosing the right car for the trip. VroomVroomVroom give you plenty of options for your car rental needs whether it be within the town or at Queenstown Airport.
Here are some great reasons why you should book your next Queenstown car rental with VroomVroomVroom:
Save time and money - Our booking system is easy-to-use and links to the major car rental suppliers in the city. So when you search with us, you will get the best deals available from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and Hertz.
Explore the city in style -Why share public transport with all the other tourists when you could book a car hire in Queenstown and explore all that this great town has to offer in comfort and privacy?
Awesome customer service - Should you have any questions, we have real car hire experts on our customer service team to answer your questions, available via phone, email or live chat.
Spring is a fantastic time to experience Queenstown
The Queenstown Marathon is on November 19, and the Queenstown International (teams' golf tournament) from November 20 -24.
So many things to do in Queenstown!
At VroomVroomVroom, we are not only experts in car rental in Queenstown, we are full of great ideas of things to do. Check out our travel guide. Adventure activities are known to be hard on the pocket, so we've put together a guide of budget friendly things to do, in our cheap as chips menu.
Your friendly guide to exploring this award-winning location
Located in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, Queenstown is truly a town for all seasons. With mountains, lakes, and attractions galore, there is plenty to experience! There are so many locations to drive to in your rental car, but we've selected only the best. Check it out below...
Things to Do
Address: 1 Tex Smith Lane, Frankton
Get the best view of the Southern Alps and Fiordland by joining the sightseeing excursions of Air Milford. The family-owned aviation company is known for their well-maintained aircraft. In fact, they have one of the highest safety audit ratings in New Zealand. They boast of their fleet of high-wing aircraft including the Turboprop Cessna Caravan, which is the biggest and most quiet scenic aircraft in Queenstown.
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Address: Brecon Street, Boydtown 9300
For the best wildlife adventure, make sure you visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. The 5-acre sanctuary is situated right in the heart of Queenstown. The park offers daily animal encounters, conversation shows, feedings, and tours. There are more than 30 species of animals living in the park including rare and endangered birds as well as reptiles.
Segway on Q
Address: (No public office or shop) PO Box 1976 Queenstown 9348
Apart from road trips, another fun way of exploring Queenstown is with a Segway Personal Transporter (PT). Don't worry if you're a newbie because Segway on Q can give you quick training on how to use your segway before you begin your adventure. They also have a very accommodating guide who will show you around and share some information about the town. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and the gardens on your Segway. The Queenstown tour usually takes two hours while The Bay tour only lasts for an hour.
Address: 45 Camp Street
Thrill-seekers should definitely try Ziptrek Ecoutour's fun zipline tour, which is situated on the spectacular Skyline Gondola hill. Experience exciting eco-adventure above Queenstown anytime of the year as they operate zipline tours rain or shine. Ziptrek offers two tours so make sure to choose the one that best suit your skills. The Moa 4-Line Tour is best for beginners while the Kea 6-Line Tour is for those who are looking for an eco-exhilarating zipline experience.
Onsen Hot Pools
The best way to beat the cold weather is by soaking in a hot pool. Imagine feeling the warm water all over your body as you stare over a beautiful scenery – now that is total relaxation. You can experience that at Onsen Hot Pools, which is the only private indoor and outdoor hot pools in Queenstown. It is located on top of the cliffs thus giving breathtaking views of the Shotover River canyon. You are assured of complete privacy, tranquil surroundings, and amazing scenery during your stay. This is the perfect place to bond and relax with your lover, friends, and family.
Top Picks for a Queenstown Road Trip
TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship Cruise
Take a scenic cruise on stunning Lake Wakatipu from the centre of Queenstown. Fill up with 90 minutes of scenery on the historic, 100-year old Earnslaw. The trip can be combined with a visit to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a tour, a horse-trek or bbq lunch.
This atmospheric village is just a 15 minute drive from Queenstown, and revels in its gold-rush history. It is also becoming well-known for its fine dining, cycle trails and its boutique cinema.
Gibbston Valley Winery
The founding vineyard of Central Otago is still one of New Zealand's premier winery experiences. Knowledgeable front-of-house staff dispense tasting portions and take tours through the unique wine cave, there's a great restaurant and cheesery on site. Many wines are only available from the cellar door.
Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge
The original experience, this site is the world's first commercial bungy jump, and is still going strong after 26 years.
Scenic Drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy
This 45 minute journey is one of New Zealand's classic drives, with lake and mountain vistas, and Lord of the Rings movie scenery. While you're there, go on a horse-trek with Dart River Stables, or try a Fun-Yak (inflatable canoe) safari.
Places to Stay
Instead of staying in a hotel, why not feel more at home by staying in a luxury condominium? The Ridge View brings the comfort of a real home and the luxury of a hotel. The accommodation features four spacious bedrooms located over three levels, a fully-fitted kitchen, cosy living area, and a beautiful courtyard. Enjoy picturesque views of the Cecil Peak, Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu in your own balcony. The Ridge View also boasts of its superb location near the town centre where you can find a wide selection of restaurants and bars.
By staying in one of the most popular Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Queenstown, you are assured of a perfect holiday. Trelawn Place is known for its homey atmosphere, warm hospitality, and stunning views. It is conveniently located near the city centre and just 15 minutes away from the Queenstown Airport by car rental. Hosts Nery and Michael have worked hard to make sure that they give the best accommodation to their guests. They are pet lovers too so you can bring along your furry friend during the holidays.
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park
Address: Brecon St, Queenstown
Lakeview Holiday Park is the most centrally located holiday park in Queenstown, just a 500m walk from the town centre and lakefront. This park has been awarded a 4-stars-plus Qualmark rating, a Travelbug 100% Guest Experience award, and it was voted among the Top 5 Holiday Parks in New Zealand by Wotif reviewers. Offering accommodations of 1 and 2 bedroom units, flats, studios and campsites, powered or un-powered, it is ideal to park your campervan and enjoy your stay surrounding by scenic views. There are also camping facilities and many optional activities to experience in Queenstown.
Want more options? Compare and book from a range of Queenstown accommodation on Wotif.co.nz with their selection of hotels in Queenstown.
Places to Eat
Winnies is more than just your typical pizza restaurant. Apart from their gourmet pizza, they also offer other scrumptious menu ranging from steaks to salads. This is the perfect place to being your friends and family because of their relaxed environment and great food selection. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian dishes as well as a special menu for children. You can also have a drink, and watch live music performances at the bar.
Get a real cowboy experience by visiting Lone Star, which is known for their western art and country music. The restaurant's theme has attracted many New Zealanders and there are currently 26 branches all throughout the country. They have been offering a combination of Kiwi classics and comfort food as well as Lone Star specials for more than 21 years. Some of their best-sellers include Redneck Ribs, Lassoo of Hog, and Dixie Chicken.
The Pig & Whistle Pub
There are many reasons why people love going to The Pig & Whistle Pub, including their unique Old English pub ambiance and excellent service. Its location right in the centre of the town makes it very accessible to both locals and tourists. If you're a beer lover, then you will definitely enjoy their selection of beers. There are more than 17 tap beers to choose from and these can be paired with their affordable pub meals. You have the option to dine on their sunny deck overlooking the Horne Creek.
Monty's Bar and Restaurant
If you're a huge fan of Monteith's boutique beers, then Monty's Bar and Restaurant will be paradise for you. The owner of the concept bar, Barry Ellis, has established a place which serves a wide range of award-winning tap beers from Monteith's. Whether you are in the mood for an original ale or a golden lager beer, you can enjoy that alone or matched with their superb menu. Make sure to try their signature dish called the Chicken Filo Parcel or their flavourful Lamb Shanks.
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Must see annual festivals and events in Queenstown
There are lots of fun things to do in this beatiful town. If you're driving to Queestown on a rental vehicle, you may want to check out these yearly events.
Jazz Fest Labour Weekend Happening every Late October
From cool blues and big band swing to funk R&B and Latin beats, this Jazzfest offers local, national and international acts that showcase their talents across the genres of jazz. This three-day musical feast occurs every Labour Weekend and there's bound to be something to get your shoes tapping.
Queenstown International Marathon on 19 November
One of the most scenic marathon courses in the world! Distances to suit a range of ability.
Queenstown International on 20-24 November
This inaugural teams golf tournament will feature two rounds at famous Millbrook, and one at Jack's Point.
Winter Festival Happening Early July
It may be over for this year, but start planning for next year's event! Renowned as the Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party, this 10-day festival celebrates it's community and culture with fireworks, street parties, Mardi Gras, international and local jazz and comedy acts, parades and heaps more on the ski slopes. Magnet to more than 45,000 people from around the world -- book your hire car earl, you won't want to miss out!