Free things to do in Queenstown District

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Eight free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next South Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked eight Kiwi Gems around the South Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Loop around Queenstown's Moke Lake

On the outskirts of Queenstown you’ll find Moke Lake – a serene and scenic spot surrounded by mountains.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Find serenity at Bob's Cove

Unlike the ubiquitous mountain vistas on many of the walks around Queenstown, Bob’s Cove is a short, family-friendly stroll that explores the lower terrain around Lake Wakatipu.  Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement: multi-cultural heritage

Arrowtown is so rich in multi-cultural history, it has been named Tohu Whenua – a site that is of special significance to New Zealand because of its links to the past and the unique stories that can be discovered here.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore the walking trails of Glenorchy

At the northern head of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the launchpad for some of New Zealand’s best multi-day tramps and Great Walks. Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Walk around Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, a partially restored and well-interpreted settlement from the 1880s. Read the story . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown Hill Time Walk: a rocky delight

Queenstown Hill, just out of town, is more than worth a peek, and you can make its peak in an hour if you get a wriggle on. Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown: a picture-perfect living museum

Autumn. That’s the time to visit. Much of this part of the South Island takes on a splendid glow at that time of year. None more so than Arrowtown which is, frankly, already right off the cutesy scale as it is.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Queenstown to Glenorchy Road: a drive to Paradise

Enjoy forty-five minutes of emerald lake water and bush-clad hills, against a backdrop of snow-touched mountains as you drive from bustling Queenstown to picturesque Glenorchy – via Paradise.  Read the story . . . 

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