Our friends at Roady recently went on an exciting snow mission to Queenstown, experiencing it all in a Polestar 2 from SIXT. Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or preparing for your first journey, Queenstown never fails to delight, and road-tripping through the adventure hub in an EV adds an extra touch of fun to the experience. In this update, we’ll explore all there is to discover in this stunning New Zealand destination. For another perspective, you can also watch Roady’s video capturing the trips highlights. Watch it here.
The Ultimate Road Trip Guide To Queenstown
Queenstown, nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island, is a breathtakingly beautiful and adventure-filled destination. From its stunning landscapes to its adrenaline-pumping activities, Queenstown has something for everyone.
Queenstown is also committed to preserving its natural environment, and many operators offer eco-friendly tours and activities. As people’s curiosity about low-impact travel grows, it’s amazing to see a wide range of experiences that allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning part of New Zealand, while also being mindful of your impact on the environment.
We’re clearly biased, but we believe the best low-impact way to travel is by electric vehicle. There are multiple ChargeNet stations (in the most scenic locations, might we add) in and around Queenstown, making it easy to recharge along the way. You can also take advantage of overnight charging by booking accommodation with EV charging facilities. This way, you can park the car when you’re done for the day and power it up overnight.
To save you time researching, we’ve put together a guide with all the best things to do in Queenstown, so you can make the most out of your trip!
Best time to visit
Queenstown is most definitely a year-round destination, each season offering a unique experience. Summer (December to February) provides nice warm temperatures for outdoor activities and maybe even a summer dip, while autumn (March to May) showcases the most incredible colour scheme as all the trees throughout the town turn a vibrant orange and red hue. Winter (June to August) is the perfect time for skiing and snowboarding, while spring (September to November) is a beautiful time to visit all the surrounding wineries as they come to life.
Queenstown is well-connected by air, with regular flights from major cities in New Zealand and Australia and it has got to be one of the most scenic airports in the world! Flying into this stunning alpine town is an experience in itself as you take in the surrounding mountain views.
If you’re opting for an EV for the trip, head to the Sixt depot inside the airport and grab your choice of adventure mobile. They’ll come all charged on pick-up, so it’s basically like enjoying free petrol – which is always a win for the environment and your pockets!
Where to stay
There are accommodation options to suit every budget and preference in Queenstown. The town centre offers a range of amazing hotels, motels, and hostels within walking distance of popular attractions. For a little bit of luxury, check out the Scenic Suites – the views are absolute magic. Camping grounds are also a great option for budget travellers, and there are actually a few in Queenstown that also offer EV charging, including Creeksyde Queenstown Holiday Park & Driftaway Queenstown. Driftaway Queenstown also offers a lovely hot tub experience which is the perfect way to end a day of adventures.