Getting Around Queenstown
The best way to get around Queenstown is by car, since many of the city's activities are spread apart. Plus, there's limited public transportation to get you from point A to point B. That said, you can certainly walk around downtown Queenstown and get a feel for the city. If you stay in central Queenstown, you can likely get around without a rental car. To get into town from Queenstown Airport (ZQN), a distance of less than 5 miles, you can take a taxi, the No. 11 bus or your rental car.
|On Foot||If you plan on keeping a close radius to your accommodations in central Queenstown, walking is a good way to get around. Many of Queenstown's adventure activities, including skydiving and bungee jumping, offer free transportation from downtown Queenstown, making it easy to enjoy several top attractions. However, if you plan on staying outside the city center, you'll probably need to rent a car.|
There are eight rental car agencies at Queenstown Airport. And if you plan on traveling to Queenstown's outer-lying attractions like Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, a car is a necessity (though you can also hire tour buses for transportation). Since parking spots are scarce in Queenstown, we recommend taking advantage of the garage located on Man Street (near the Sofitel hotel). You'll need either an international driving permit or an up-to-date license from your home country. Also, keep in mind that Kiwis drive on the left side of the road.
Ritchies Connectabus offers six public bus routes that connect downtown Queenstown to select hotels and neighboring towns. Buses aren't ideal for getting to and from Queenstown's attractions but are worth considering if you decide to travel around the immediate area. Bus fares start at NZ$4.50 ($3) for adults and NZ$3.50 (a little more than $2) for children, though a one-day unlimited bus pass is available for NZ$33 ($22). Route timetables vary, however, buses generally operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Three main taxi companies operate in Queenstown: Queenstown Taxis, Green Cabs and Corporate Cabs. All three service Queenstown Airport and are reliable. Taxi fares start at NZ$4.75 ($3), with an additional NZ$6.44 ($4) added per mile.