What to Do in Queenstown at Night
Queenstown has a lot to do during the day – A LOT! But when the sky gets dark and all the attractions start to close, what’s next?! Well, it turns out that the fun doesn’t have to end after dark. In fact, you still have many things to do in Queenstown at night!
Queenstown’s night activities go well beyond getting stupid in the “Party Capital”. There are actually many night activities in Queenstown to really make the most of your time in the lakeside town. Whatever you decide, be sure you have somewhere to stay at the end of the night be checking out these 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Queenstown or 10 Best Hotels in Queenstown.
1. Party in Queenstown
Let’s get straight to the obvious! Queenstown is dubbed as the “Party Capital” of the South Island and for good reason. Every street has a bar or club suiting all party types, whether it’s a casual drink with your travel buddies or somewhere to dance until the early hours. We’ve listed all the hot spots in our Guide to Queenstown Nightlife.
2. Unwind in Some Hot Pools
It can be pretty tiring doing all the adrenaline and adventure activities in Queenstown! A great place to escape for the night is the Onsen Hot Pools, which is open until 11pm. Ease your body in your own private pool looking out to some stunning alpine scenery on the Shotover Canyon. See more experiences like this in the 10 Luxury Activities in Queenstown.
Location: Arrow Point. Complimentary shuttles are available.
3. Do a Bungy Jump at Night
During the winter months, take the leap from The Ledge Bungy on Bob’s Peak. You’ll get a unique perspective of the Queenstown lights while free-falling 47m (154ft). Find out more about The Ledge Bungy on Viator and Tripadvisor. For more bungy jump options in New Zealand, see 7 Epic Places to Bungy Jump in New Zealand.
Location: Top of the Skyline Gondola at Bob’s Peak.
4. Night Ski at Coronet Peak
Another winter-only night activity in Queenstown, Coronet Peak hosts night ski sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Follow the trails lit up by floodlights and enjoy the apres-ski atmosphere in the Coronet Peak cafe. Learn more about the New Zealand ski season here.
Location: Coronet Peak.
5. Get Some Grub
Ok, so we’re not winning the idea of the century with this one, but why not go out for dinner?! Queenstown has heaps of restaurants with both Kiwi and international flavours to try. Try an over-sized burger at Fergburger or Devil Burger, or how about a deep-fried Kiwifruit at Erik’s Fish & Chips. Take your takeaway to Perky’s Floating Bar on the Queenstown Wharf, which is a B-Y-O food bar. For more ideas, see our recommendations in The Foodie Guide to Queenstown.
6. Race Your Mates
Get in a go-kart and hit the Game Over track! Game Over in Frankton teams as an evening and rainy day activity in this indoor entertainment centre. Enjoy go-karting, laser tag and heaps of arcade games. Game Over is open until 7pm.
Location: 14 Red Oaks Drive Frankton, Queenstown.
7. Go an Evening Cruise and Farm Tour
Get an insight into the traditional Kiwi lifestyle on a tour to Walter Peak, a high country farm isolated on the other side of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Board the TSS Earnslaw that has been ferrying the waters of Lake Wakatipu since 1912. At Walter Peak, you’ll be treated to a Kiwi barbecue, as well as a sheep farm show before departing back to Queenstown. Note: tour does not run during June and July. Find out more about the experience on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Location: Real Journeys office, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown.
8. Do Some Stargazing
On a clear night, the stars seen from Queenstown are astonishing. Skyline Queenstown offers stargazing tours to make use of their high-powered telescope atop the Skyline Gondola. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, hit the road away from the lights of the town and watch as the skies get clearer for stargazing. In winter, Queenstown is also often seeing displays of the Southern Lights, a.k.a. Aurora Australis.
Location: Skyline Gondola or outside Queenstown.
9. Test Your Nerve at Fear Factory
Get a different sort of adrenaline rush in Queenstown at the Fear Factory. This late-night haunted house activity challenges you to make it through the hallways of horror all the way to the end. Many have chickened out. Will you? This venue is open until 11pm. Learn more about Feat Factory on Viator and Triapdvisor.
Location: 54 Shotover St, Queenstown.
10. Enter the Sensory Maze
Make your way through room after room of illusions, quirky physical obstacles and challenges, lighting effects, scents, sound effects and just plain weirdness. Odyssey Sensory Maze is open until 10pm. Find out more about Odyssey Sensory Maze on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Location: Odyssey Sensory Maze, 57 Shotover Street, Queenstown.