Queenstown is one of the best tourist spots in New Zealand, which naturally makes it one of the best in the world.

There’s so much to see around the area however, that you’ll likely need a Queenstown car hire to see it all!

Here are our top three reasons to grab a rental car with a few friends to see some of the best that Queenstown (i.e, the world) has to offer over the winter months.

Snow games

There are five ski fields within an hour and a half of central Queenstown. They cater for all levels of ability, from the never-seen-snow-before-in-my-life to the serious skier or boarder. If you find your level of confidence on a plank sliding down a mountain is not all that high, try the outdoor ice skating rink, snowshoeing, or even leave your car rental in the car park and take a snowmobile for a spin.


It’s a bit like go-karting, except it’s on a downhill slope a short drive from the centre of Queenstown, and offers a stunning view of the city and surrounding vista – this is especially spectacular when the mountains get that gorgeous snow-capped look about them throughout winter. You don’t even have to walk back to the top of the track either, catch the lift back up as many times as you can handle!

Hot pools

There’s nothing quite like the aches you get after a day of solid touristing – especially if you’ve been learning to ski or snowboard, and realising you have aching muscles in places you didn’t even know had muscles. High on the cliffs outside Queenstown you can slip into an Onsen hot pool, the most scenic you’ll likely ever get to enjoy. You’ll get privacy, candles, and a view you won’t soon forget.