How to Enjoy Queenstown During Summer

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by Hertz AU - 19 December 2023

On the shores of Whakatipu Waimāori (Lake Wakatipu), Tāhuna (Queenstown) is a picturesque holiday destination and one of the South Island’s most visited cities. Known for its serene atmosphere, stunning landscapes and cultural highlights, a summer escape to Queenstown offers a blend of fun adventures and moments of serenity. Making your way to the adventure capital of the world? Summer is the perfect time to visit, and it’s easy to do in a Hertz rental car. We’ve handpicked the best spots to explore for epic views and moments to remember. 

Skyline Queenstown 

Looking for an experience above all else? You’ve come to the right place. From the sparkling lake to the mountain peaks, take in all of Tāhuna with a ride in the Skyline Gondola 450 metres above sea level. A highlight and must-do attraction, Skyline offers breathtaking views for a journey to remember. Park the rental car in the town centre and take a short walk to the base before climbing up the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest gondola. On your peaceful five-minute ride, you’ll be immersed in natural beauty with panoramic views overlooking the town, The Remarkables Ski Area, and Walter, Cecil and Coronet Peaks. Once you’ve disembarked the gondola atop Bob’s Peak, opt to take an exciting luge ride to the base of the chairlift, or a guided hike to the famed Ben Lomond Summit. 


As well as adventurous experiences, Skyline also provides top-tier dining with spectacular views at the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar. Open for lunch and dinner, admire the epic scenery alongside a delicious meal with seasonal, mouthwatering dishes in a buffet-style setting. From soups to salads, seafood to cooked meats, and with plant-based and allergy-friendly options, there’s something to delight every palate. Elevate your culinary experience even more with Skyline’s Premium Dining package. This option guarantees unmatched views and an elegant dining experience with a seat at a window table and a house drink of your choice. On your journey back to your accommodation, remember to appoint a designated driver if you enjoy a drink at Stratosfare 

Gibbston Valley Wine Region & Arrowtown 

Take the rental car out for a drive through rolling hills and lush greenery and embark on a wine adventure in the Gibbston Valley. 25 minutes from Queenstown, the ‘Valley of the Vines’ provides the perfect setting for your summer getaway. Showcasing four wine ranges, focusing on Pinot Noirs, comprising a restaurant, cheesery and deli, and cellar door experiences and private tours, a visit to the Valley makes for an exclusive outing. Here you can relax in the sunny courtyard of the winery restaurant, take on a tasting tour of the country’s largest wine cave or make your own cheese board to pair with the region’s specialties. For an all-inclusive experience, a stay at the Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa is a must. With resort-style villa accommodation nestled in between picturesque vineyards and breathtaking mountain ranges, opt to lodge here for a refreshing and relaxing getaway for the mind, body and soul. At the spa, indulge in private treatments from hot stone massages to invigorating facials and experience five-star dining at The Lodge Restaurant, where thoughtfully crafted dishes pair perfectly with specialty wines. Feel at home at the Gibbston Valley with first-class service and authentic New Zealand hospitality. When indulging in tastings and tours throughout the region, ensure you’ve assigned a designated driver.

Wine region Queenstown

For a change of pace and a deep dive into New Zealand’s mining past, discover the historic gold rush village of Arrowtown only 20 minutes away from Queenstown. Head here to learn about the history of the town at the Chinese Settlement which includes reconstructed hut sites and educational artefacts. History buffs can find out more at the Lakes District Museum & Gallery, which is open daily. In town, pace the cottage-lined streets and uncover curiosities in antique stores, find fashionable garments in high-end designer boutiques and browse works from local and international talent in art galleries. Bring home a piece of unique jewellery and learn about the history of gemstones at The Jade & Opal Factory - you can even work with an on-site carver to create your own customised piece. Plus, for those interested in golf, the Arrowtown Golf Club ranks high among the country’s top clubs, with 18 holes set against the majestic backdrop of the region’s mountains and hills. 

With so much to do, you’ll quickly discover that there’s more to Queenstown than adventure activities. A summer holiday here is one for the books, with sunny days spent journeying the resort town and warm evenings watching the sunset over picturesque lakes, Tāhuna eagerly awaits your visit.