EXPERIENCE QUEENSTOWN

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY

Surrounded by stunning peaks and tranquil lakes, this premier New Zealand town has a magical feel to it that’s bound to leave you breathless. It may be the original home of commercial bungy jumping, but it’s not just about danger and adrenaline. With its great nightlife, luxurious spas and traditional wineries, Queenstown has something for everyone.

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown is conveniently located in the heart of the town, on the corner of Stanley and Sydney Streets. Starting from here, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover everything that the Queenstown region has to offer at your own pace. Our comfortable modern rooms will ensure you have a great night’s sleep before your next big adventure. The Great Room serves a wide variety of snacks, light meals and beverages so that you’re always full of energy and ready to go.

 

To help you make the most of your time in Queenstown, we’ve prepared a short guide with some things that you just have to do while you’re here!

Discover the Region’s Majestic Walking Trails

Since there are literally dozens of trails and tracks to choose from, deciding on one may be the hardest thing you’ll have to do.

If you’re planning a visit to Queenstown, you absolutely have to experience the region’s diverse geography. Although the spectacular national parks (eg. Fiordland, Mount Aspiring) and their famous tracks are a few kilometres away, there are a number of short scenic walks right from Queenstown’s town centre. 

 

Since there are literally dozens of trails and tracks to choose from, deciding on one may be the hardest thing you’ll have to do. Some notable walks include:

 

  • Queenstown Hill Loop: This three-hour walk starts directly from downtown and takes you all the way up to the stunning ‘Basket of Dreams’ lookout. It offers spectacular views over the Watakipy basin to Cecil Peak, the Frankton Arm and Queenstown Bay. The track starts and finishes on Belfast Street, just a 15-min walk from Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown.

 

  • Tiki Trail: Another scenic track that will provide you with stunning views of Queenstown. It starts at the bottom of the Gondola and winds its way towards a stunning lookout at the top. On your way down, you have the option to take the Gondola ride back to town. The track is only a few minutes’ drive from the hotel.

 

  • Frankton Arm Walk: A relatively easy, wheelchair-friendly trail that continues all the way to Frankton alongside the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipou. Enjoy the picturesque houses by the lake and watch planes land at the airport. The track is only a few minutes’ drive north of the hotel.

Shop Your Heart Out at Queenstown Mall

From boutique and high-end fashion to sports clothing equipment, you’ll definitely find something you love here.

Queenstown boasts its fair share of luxury brands, iconic design and boutique fashion stores centrally located in the heart of the town. Queenstown mall is home to a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants—the ideal shopping spree location after a long day of adventure.

 

From boutique and high-end fashion to sports clothing equipment, you’ll definitely find something you love here. Find the perfect outfit, shop for souvenirs, search for a bargain or just spend the day munching away by taking advantage of the mall’s diverse dining options.

 

And because one mall is never enough, why not make your way to the O’Connells Shopping Centre as well? Aside from its many shops, this multi-storey shopping centre features a food court with a selection of dishes from international cuisines.

9am – 9 pm, 7 days a week.

From Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, Queenstown Mall is just a 6-minute walk. Click here to view the route.

Visit the Queenstown Gardens

Just a few minutes walk from central Queenstown, the Queenstown Gardens offer a beautiful and tranquil setting away from the noise.

Just a few minutes walk from central Queenstown, the Queenstown Gardens offer a beautiful and tranquil setting away from the noise. There are many places to sit and admire nature in all its glory; beautiful flowers, pristine lawns, a vibrant rose garden and plenty of water. 

 

Have a picnic with friends or family and enjoy the majestic views of Lake Wakatipu. If you’d rather try out something different, why not give disc golf a try? The locals love it! Bowling and tennis clubs can also be found hidden within the garden’s premises. Queenstown Ice Arena is located right next to the park.

24 hours, 7 days a week.

From Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, Queenstown Mall is just an 8-minute walk. Click here to view the route.

Experience Beekeeping for a Day

Observe thousands of bees through a glass observation hive and learn everything about the secret life of bees.

Are you a honey enthusiast? Do you want to know how honey is made? Are you just looking for a new and exciting experience in Queenstown? Buzzstop sounds just like the perfect place for you. Observe thousands of bees through a glass observation hive and learn everything about the secret life of bees. 

 

Stop here and choose from a fantastic selection of Kiwi honey from all corners of New Zealand. You’ll even have the opportunity to create your own honey candles and natural honey soaps. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can find out exactly what it takes to become a beekeeper by participating in the bee-a-beekeeper tour.

9am – 5pm, 7 days a week. 

From Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, Buzzstop is just an 8-minute drive. Click here to view the route.

Dive Into Middle-Earth

Explore the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand in a new and exciting way.

Satisfy your inner hobbit and experience up close many of the unique Lord of the Rings filming locations. The Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour by Pure Glenorchy will take you deep into Middle-Earth, from Queenstown to Glenorchy and Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.

 

Even if you’re not a massive Lord of the Rings fan, you’ll definitely appreciate the breathtaking and magical landscape that inspired the movie trilogy. The tours consist of small groups with local guides who know everything about the area. 

 

Explore the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand in a new and exciting way—a unique family experience that will appeal to both young and old.

7:30am – 8:30pm, 7 days a week.

From Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown, Pure Glenorchy is just a 16-minute drive. Click here to view the route.

Stay Connected

For the savvy business traveller, a wide choice of comfortable, well-designed rooms awaits. Work, play and stay in one location right in the heart of Queenstown.

Just because you’re travelling, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and convenience. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown offers maximum flexibility and superior service right at the heart of Queenstown. 

 

Free high-speed internet ensures you’re always connected, while our wide range of all-inclusive rooms ensure you’re rested and fully-recharged for your next big adventure in the city.

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