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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown Driving Ideas Guide

When you arrive in New Zealand’s south island town of Queenstown, the scenery is instantly recognizable.  Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the place is set to allow you to enjoy anything from spectacular adventure to jaw dropping day trips into the surrounds.

When you have done all that you can in Queenstown, consider taking your rental car out onto the open road and experience freedom into some of the richest areas on the planet, only a short drive away. Here’s some ideas that we came up with to whet your appetite.

Journey to Glenorchy and Middle Earth

Just 45 minutes out from Queenstown is the small town of Glenorchy resting on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, with towering mountain ranges and a native beech forest behind it.

The Dart River provides the opportunity for jet boating and kayaking, and aside from the water there are numerous hiking trails and horse trekking excursions available

But this is a place like no other and was made famous for contributing many film scenes in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as in the Nania movie.  Promptly described by actor (Gandalf) — Sir Ian McKellan on the subject of Paradise, “This is Middle Earth i had always pictured.

And these are not the only films shot here. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narni , The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and stacks of adverts use this place to dramatise their experiences for audiences.

Queenstown to Kingston

There are only a few towns outside of Queenstown, and this particular drive is one of the scenic specials around Lake Wakatipu.

Along the way, and only a few minutes out of town, we suggest that you take the turn off up to the Remarkables, where you can see spectacular views of Queenstown Airport, Frankton Arm and the mountains surrounding Queenstown.

Take some picnic gear with you and aim for one of the several places alongside the lake with benches to just sit, relax and breathe in fresh air and admire the vista.

At Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels we provide a wide range of deals and choices on rental cars and accommodation in and around Queenstown, so that you can spend less and do more when you get there. We really do want you to have the best time ever in Queenstown.

Your Cheaperthancars Team