If you’re looking for quintessential New Zealand, look no further than Queenstown. Home to luxurious accommodations and metropolitan amenities, Queensland also delivers easy access to endless outdoor excursions. With striking mountains and Lake Wakatipu as a playground, travelers to Queenstown can try everything from skydiving to jet boating to horseback riding and hiking. If you’re looking to unwind, world-class wineries and stylish shops and restaurants make leisure a breeze. For Lord of the Rings fans, you’ll easily spot some of the dramatic middle earth shots which were filmed nearby.
Same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand in April of 2013. Couples must fill out a Notice of Intended Marriage at least three days prior to the ceremony. Birth certificates may be required. Divorce and death decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Climate & Beaches
Despite its high altitude, Queenstown has an oceanic climate. January has an average temperature of 60 degrees F, while July averages 37 degrees F and is quite snowy.
Queenstown’s long and idyllic summers are best enjoyed along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, which host postcard-worthy alpine beaches.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Queenstown is New Zealand’s quintessential alpine retreat. If you plan a winter holiday, be sure to hit the slopes for world-class skiing and snowboarding (bonus points if you can align your trip with the city’s Gay Ski Week). Off season, the mountain and clear lake are the perfect backdrop to host a number of outdoor activities, including jet boating, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Queenstown also caters to daredevils and thrill-seekers, whether you bungee jump off Kawarau Bridge or white water river raft. For a more leisurely tour of Queenstown, stop by one of the award-winning vineyards or boutique shop.