Queenstown Gardens
Queenstown Gardens
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Marilyn M
    Columbia, Maryland130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flexible Outdoor Space
    Admission is free and seems to be open all hours. It seems meant to be a place for everyone to enjoy. The paths have benches, frequently. Lots of tree specimens. Rose garden (not in bloom when I visited). Sports field. Skate park. Pond and ducks. Wonderful views of the lake and mountains and Queenstown.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,894 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great open space in Queenstown
    If you have a few hours to while away in Queenstown, the Gardens are a lovely place to do it. Most of the walk is around the lake with incredible views of the magic scenery. Lots of places to stop for a quiet moment or snap some amazing pics. Not a ‘formal garden’ with lots of information but more a family friendly open space with the occasional sculpture. Definitely worth a wander… or a run if that’s your thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • TMM818
    Bunbury, Australia829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    We loved the gardens! We were fortunate to be able to walk in and out of town to our accommodation and we always detoured through the gardens both ways after discovering them on our first day. So beautiful and well planted. Beautiful sculptures mixed in with the plants and a disc golf circuit. So much we didn’t explore too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Acineto
    Auckland Central, New Zealand23,147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Stroll
    I had some time after lunch to look around and went for a walk in the gardens. I started with the harbour view walk which goes along the lake front. The views along that path were amazing and it was fairly quiet and a nice place to just have a slow stroll with scenic views. I had come from Queenstown Beach and the path looped up to Park Street, which has the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens. The gardens themselves wasn't very large but did have a couple of interesting areas. The pond area had the rotunda on one end and the Bowls Club on the other. This place was the busiest with plenty of people walking along the pond. There was a nice flower archway between the Bowling Club and the park but on the back path (left path if you are heading away from the pond). There is also a nice grassy area between the Bowling Club and the pond with entrances from both paths. Further along, past the tennis courts there is a nice garden area with quite a few memorial items scattered about. There were much less people here. There is also a frisbee golf course in the gardens, with the starting area close to the pond. It was a really nice place to walk around and take in some nature. It doesn't take long to walk through the park but you are also able to just hide out here when you find a nice spot.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • timjstark
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin687 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A second choice activity, but a good one!
    On a day that our sightseeing flight to Milford Sound was cancelled (we were very disappointed), we consoled ourselves by going out for a walk while we processed the fact that our final day in Queenstown (& NZ) had been scuttled by high winds. Little did we know that the walk through Queenstown Gardens (and the adjacent Lake Path) were just what we needed! It was so peaceful, differing views appearing at each turn, and lovely people out enjoying a hidden gem of this town gave us the change of mind that we needed. I would not say that this walk replaced the thrills that the Milford Sound would have afforded us, but it was an awesome substitute! P.S. The winds in Queenstown were quite calm.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • Judee
    Livermore, California1,401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place for leisurely walk and kids to play. Lots of bathrooms!
    Great place to have a beautiful walk. Excellent kids playground with water running through part of it. You will see a rose garden, tennis courts, bocce ball, ice rink, tall trees that surround the upper area with the lake down below. There is a cafe near the ice rink. Loads of bathrooms. Bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful area.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 20, 2024
  • TJouer
    Bellbrook, Ohio2,324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful well kept gardens
    We recently stayed in Queenstown on holiday, and we stumbled upon the lovely Queenstown Gardens. We made use of the many walking paths to take an extensive hike one morning after breakfast. The Queenstown Gardens are easy to locate from the town, and they are well marked for walking and horticulture. There are several monuments and sculptures to view. Additionally, the Queenstown Bowling Club is right next to the gardens. Among the flora are all different varieties and colors of roses. The paths will take you through the forest and along the waterside as well. There's even an ultimate Frisbee park and plenty of benches if you need to rest. Tip: There is no admission charged to the Queenstown Gardens. You won't find any refreshments for sale in the gardens, nor any restroom facilities. Both are on the outskirts prior to the entrance of the Queenstown Gardens.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • meganagladman
    Australia52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queenstown Gardens
    Lovely gardens to go for a walk around, stunning views. There’s also lawn bowls, tennis courts and a frisbee golf course. We played a game of lawn bowls in such a beautiful part of Queenstown. A lovely place on the edge of the lake, easy to walk to.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Anonymous855
    1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk by the lake, through a forest, then through sculpted gardens
    Get away from the crowds for a while and enjoy this peninsula of Queenstown...it's free. The weather started nice but got drizzly, it didn't matter to us. We talked to the Frisbee golfer, took pics of flowers and loved the lake views. The cafe looked inviting but we were "coffee'd" up.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2024
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Ingrid V
Auckland, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
What a beautifully maintained garden. The tree specimens were fantastic and the paths were easy to follow and most had spectacular views of the lake. Unfortunately the day was pretty windy when we visited so we just walked the high tracks and not the lakefront tracks. It's a great place for picnics or walking your dog or for children to burn off some energy.
Written February 12, 2021
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Seemagoves
Pune, India825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The gardens are a beautiful place to walk. The walk takes you alongside the Wakatipu lake and there are many places to sit if you are tired. There is the short walk and the long walk with maps put up at many places. Just sit and gaze into the silence of the lake or play around with children , there is something to do for everybody. For children there is a huge play area.
On saturdays there is a flea market so just stroll around
Written January 24, 2020
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Steve L
Hucknall, UK540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you want a bit of chill time then walk through the gardens. They are not a massive botanical gardens but they are free and there is a lot of interest especially the fascinating frisbee golf game that is played by the locals. If you walk through the garden entrance you can walk back along the waters edge path and enjoy views of the lake. Never expect too much for nothing but this is a great way to enjoy a few hours in the sun and a very pleasant walk.
Written February 11, 2020
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Gaynor T
Greytown, New Zealand73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was refreshing to discover the gardens and walk round the edge of the lake on a warm day. Well formed path and great view of boat antics in the bay. We returned via a different path through the middle of the gardens and discovered tennis courts, bowls, duck pond, statues. Plenty of huge trees to shelter from the sun.
Written February 14, 2020
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Kim B
Newnan, GA1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were looking for our lodging when we found this park. We immediately parked the car and went in. It is really nice. There are lots of really big trees - even giant sequoia.They have names on about everything - and I really liked that.
The roses were all still in bloom, but a little past their prime.
There were people lying all over the place reading and just enjoying the day.
There is a lawn bowling "place" inside that has about 4-5 "lawns". Bathroom is near there as well.
There is a stream up the middle where ducks are swimming around.
All in all a really pleasant surprise since we were not looking for it.
Written March 22, 2020
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Mike
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lovely gardens, disc golf course, great views of the lake. Tremendous place to walk. We also had a wonderful time lawn bowling- open to the public for a small fee, fun game similar-but different- to bocce. great way to spend an afternoon
Written February 18, 2020
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horseymum_11
Cirencester, UK870 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Lovely clean and pleasant park, lots to enjoy. Duck feeding is a big thing, with the Lions Club selling bags of feed for $2. Frisbee golf sounds interesting and the sculptures were good. Nice big pond and the flowers must have been outstanding in the summer
Written March 9, 2020
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Julie A
Tauranga, New Zealand90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I was really impressed in the gardens . They had lovely walking tracks which overlooked the stunning lake and township with really nice areas of well looked after gardens . With an iceskating rink, bowling club and Frisbee area as well as the lovely plants and views it was worth taking the time to relax and enjoy.
Written May 3, 2021
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Wendy Allen
Rotorua, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A wonderful relaxing walk around the beautiful gardens, only 5 minutes walk from downtown Queenstown on a peninsula. full of native plants and exotics, roses, and wonderful sculptures by local artists. The memorial to 3 deceased Queenstown mountaineers was quite moving. The sculptures were beautiful and looked great in the garden setting, the diving dog sculpture was so funny with its goofy look on its face, well worth a visit with great views across the lake
Written April 16, 2021
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Gavin M
Auckland, New Zealand195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A new experience for the family.

Well worth the time - free if you have your own frisbees or you can hire them from the Ice Rink in the gradens - just check the opening hours and days beforehand.

Fun way to spend a few hours - you'l probably want to play twice
Written January 16, 2022
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