Queenstown – the best elopement wedding location in New Zealand!
The rugged mountains and scenery of Queenstown make it the best place to elope with the best locations in New Zealand. You can have a ceremony lost in the mountains surrounded by dramatic cliff edges, in knee deep snow or even underneath glacial-fed majestic waterfalls. Or share your vows on the shores of a pristine alpine lake or rivers edge.
With strictly defined seasons Queenstown offers something new all year round. With a choice of top quality ski-fields it is a popular winter resort and equally popular for mountain-top weddings in the snow. Autumn (end March – early May) brings settled weather and golden colour to the region. Spring is full of new growth and wild flowers while summer is peak season with blue skies and hot sun.
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world but there’s plenty of options for everyone. From award-winning wineries to leisurely bike rides, gold-mining history, art and fine dining. There’s plenty more to explore but here’s a few ideas to get you started. We’ve put together a short guide to Queenstown activities and attractions to help make your decision to elope to the best elopement wedding location in New Zealand even easier. Check out our Queenstown elopement wedding packages to see how we can help and let’s plan a wedding!
AJ Hackett Bungy – Bungy jump off the original location at Kawarau Bridge or try Nevis Swings, Catapult or Zip Ride.
Paragliding – If you’re already at the top of the Skyline Gondola, try jumping off with a tandem paraglide.
Tandem Skydive – For the more adventurous souls do tandem skydive at 15,000ft!
iFly – If you don’t fancy jumping out of a plane then try flying in a wind tunnel. A great family activity for kids too.
TSS Earnslaw – This beautiful old steamship will taks you on a gentle cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. From here you can watch a farm tour or enjoy a BBQ dinner.
Wineries – There are a number of organised tours to the Gibbston Valley wineries, or grab a sober driver and go on your own. Notable wineries with cellar doors are Chard Farm, Amisfiled, Peregrine, Brennan Wines, Wet Jacket Wines (and more). Gibbston Valley also offer wine cave tours, wine tasting and restaurants, biking tours and a cheese factory.
Onsen Hot Pools – relax in a luxurious spa and hot pool high on a cliffside overlooking the Shotover River. Romantic night-time sessions are available to sit back and look at the stars.
Hiking and Walking – The Queenstown Trail is an extensive network of hiking and walking tracks all around Queenstown and Arrowtown. Suitable options for all fitness levels. Explore beautiful areas around Arrowtown, Kawarau Bridge or south around the lake. Well worth it!
Mountain Biking – Hire a bike from a number of locations in town or bring your own. For downhill fans the best option is to hop on the gondola with your bike, then hit the downhill tracks all the way from the top. Queenstown has some of the best mountain biking around.
Arrowtown – This historic goldmining town is a short 10 minutes drive out of Queenstown and well worth a visit. It’s filled with quirky shops, boutiques and cafes and rich in history. Visit the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement or hire a gold pan and go panning for gold in the Arrow River.
Wanaka – Another beautiful alpine resort town just a 50 minute drive over the Crown Range north of Queenstown. Make sure you stop at the top of the Crown Range for incredible views back over Queenstown and Arrowtown. On the way stop in at the old and iconic Cardrona Hotel for lunch.
Art and markets – Queenstown boasts some incredible galleries filled with local and international artists. Well worth a look are Art Bay Gallery, Ivan Clarke Gallery (home of The Lonely Dog) and Queenstown Art Centre. Every Saturday all year round the Creative Queenstown Arts and Craft Market is at Steamer Wharf.
Here’s a few of our favourites perfect for a special wedding-night dinner.
Botswana Butchery – Private dining rooms available
Where to Stay
As a holiday town Queenstown has a huge choice of accommodation to choose from to suit all styles, budgets and requirements. Holiday homes and serviced apartments offer best value for our clients and are a great choice for travellers staying three or more nights. We can offer unbiased guidance and advice for places to stay and help with referrals if you need. Check out Airbnb or Bookabach (the NZ equivalent).