The Ultimate Queenstown Winter Guide

As one of the top Queenstown Ski Hotels, we have created the ultimate winter guide to help you get the most out of your stay. Simply explore our advice below to find out the best things to do, places to see, where to eat in Queenstown and a couple of insider tips.

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Queenstown is the perfect winter getaway and attracts a range of people from sports enthusiasts to first timers due to its incredible snow facilities and picturesque sites. Queenstown offers two great ski fields close by – The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Another great option is Cardrona which is only a 60-minute drive over the spectacular Crown Range.

Queenstown also has a range of other fun winter activities including ice skating, snowshoeing and even offers snowmobiles for hire.

Why Stay at Crowne Plaza Queenstown in Winter?

  • Ski Webcams to keep updated
  • Snow reports daily
  • Heated ski storage
  • Après Ski menu’s

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Ski Stay Play Package

Ski Special Package - Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Enjoy a bonus day on the snow at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables with our great value
Ski, Stay, Play Hotel Package

Pre-Season Special Package
Book before 31 May 2017

Receive the following inclusions with your Ski, Stay, Play hotel package:

  • Five nights accommodation in a courtyard room (upgrade options available subject to availability)
  • Complimentary full buffet breakfast for two daily
  • A four day ski pass for two people

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Where to hit the snow in Queenstown?

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables while in Queenstown. One amazing destination and two thrilling mountains. The approximate opening dates for the season are 11 June 2017.

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Coronet Peak

With world-class facilities, superb conditions and only 20 minutes from the hotel, the spectacular roller coaster terrain makes Coronet Peak ski area one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski resort destinations

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The Remarkables

With its relaxing atmosphere and modern new base, The Remarkables is serious fun for everyone. Hit their amazing slopes this winter, 40 minutes from the hotel.

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Queenstown Winter Activities

Queenstown has a great variety of activities in winter. Whether you want to spend all your time on the snow, are an adventure junkie, or looking for something relaxing to indulge in, Queenstown has you covered.

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Scenic Flights

Enjoy incredible views in a personalised sightseeing excursion.

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Golf Club

Play on what is internationally regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world.

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Around the Basin
Bike Tours

Relax and enjoy the rolling hills on a gentle bike tour through the basin.

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Experience exclusive access to trails & backcountry riding, by way of helicopter only.

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Walk across unbroken snow, experiencing a whole new way of wilderness exploration.

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Enjoy a guided fly fishing experience on the spectacular alpine Lake Wakatipu.

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Heli Tours

Explore Queenstown’s High Country environment, glaciers and magnificent waterfalls.

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Be brave even if you’re not, no one can tell the difference at 16,000 feet.

Additional Queenstown Winter Activities

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Queenstown Winter Equipment Hire

Making sure you have the right ski gear up the mountain is paramount. From boots, snowboards, skis and poles, to the right clothing and ski protection gear, make sure you have everything covered by visiting one of the below recommended Queenstown equipment hire specialists.

Browns Ski Shop

Snobiz Ski & Snowboard Rental

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Where to Dine in Queenstown?

Queenstown has many great dining destinations to suit all tastes and budgets. Our team has found the top picks for you to enjoy when dining in Queenstown this winter.

Queenstown Summer Getaway

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Enjoy incredible views of Lake Wakitipu and sample fresh local options, including some great classic dishes.

Queenstown summer dining

Lonestar Queenstown

The popular Lonestar has a mix of rustic and cowboy themed interior. Famous for ribs and great flavours, you will love it.

Spring Queenstown dining


Enjoy fantastic New Zealand fish and chips with a great lake view at FINZ. We recommend it for a nice casual meal.

Spring Queenstown dining

Botswana Butchery

One of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants, known for its sumptuous menu full of flavour.

Queenstown summer dining

Pub on Wharf

Enjoy great Kiwi food in a prime location. Relax in their comfortable atmosphere near to the hotel.

Queenstown summer dining

Skyline Queenstown

Stratosfare Queenstown Restaurant is the most scenic buffet in Queenstown located at the top of the gondola.

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Have a relaxed and casual summer meal at Queenstown’s gourmet Pizza Bar and Restaurant.

Spring Queenstown dining

Madam Woo

Josh Emmett’s fun and modern Asian restaurant showcases his renowned cooking skills and his Michelin star background.

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Where to Stay in Queenstown

When you check-in at Crowne Plaza Queenstown you will have constant views overlooking The Remarkables mountain range and the stunning Lake Wakatipu. Take the time to relax and unwind in your modern room.

We are a 4 Star+ Qualmark rated hotel with 139 rooms offering a peaceful and relaxing place to stay. All rooms have a private balcony or courtyard and include luxury bedding, Wi-Fi, television, ensuite, complimentary amenities and refreshment facilities including tea and coffee maker.

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Queenstown Winter Festival

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The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is an iconic New Zealand festival that began in 1975. It is now regarded as the biggest winter party in the Southern Hemisphere and is a great reason to visit this beautiful area of New Zealand.

Find out more on the Winter Festival Website.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown – Your Base this Winter