New Zealand isn’t as cheap as it used to be. This shouldn't spoil our fun but the more spending power you have the greater the range of options you can choose from. In any free economy, there are always ways of paying less for services and products. Discounts help generate business and are good for customers and business owners.
If you’re visiting Queenstown on a budget and want to enjoy everything the town has to offer without breaking the bank, read on. Deals and discounts can make your stay a much more pleasant one. Why pay full price when there’s a deal waiting to be snapped up. Restaurants, hotels, and tour operators offer big discounts to drum up business. Vouchers and coupons are available if you know where to look, so check out our guide, and take the offer!
We’ve scoured the internet and used our local knowledge and expertise to find you the best websites with Queenstown specials, vouchers, and coupons. Of course, if you find any new ones please let us know. It’s all about sharing, right?
One of my favourite tools in the search for discounts on the internet is an extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers called Coupons at Checkout from CouponFollow. This neat little piece of code searches through its database of discount codes whenever you arrive at a checkout to pay for some product or service online. I'll admit that the New Zealand database isn't that extensive but I would still highly recommend that you install it. It's 100% free and can save money on autopilot.
Tourist Attractions and Activity Deals
Discounts for activities is where you'll save the most money. At certain times of the year, businesses are keen to attract new customers and special offers are promoted regularly. You have more chance of finding deals outside of peak seasons but keeping an eye on the websites below gives you a head start. In many cases, there are a limited number of vouchers and coupons available so if you see something you like, act fast!
If you plan on riding the Gondola, and you should, then check out the Queenstown Skyline deals page before you head up. The discounts and offers on this page change so it’s worth bookmarking and referring back to often. Keep an eye on Groupon's Gondola Discount offers too.
One of the main adventure activities in Queenstown is the Shotover jet. The jet boat ride has been going for over 40 years and remains one of Queenstown’s star attractions. Check out their deals page for up to date info.
People are always looking for skydive deals in Queenstown. As a high priority item on many people’s bucket lists, skydiving is popular. It’s also quite expensive. But why pay full price when you can get up to 30% off in some cases. Groupon New Zealand runs regular Queenstown skydiving deals. But to get the discount prices you need to keep an eye on the website. Deals often sell out in a matter of hours.
GrabOne is another deal aggregator website (similar to Groupon) that offers Queenstown discounts and promotions. Again, you’ll need to subscribe to the mailing list and keep an eye on the site for special deals.
Wine tasting is another huge draw for tourists to the region. With almost 200 wineries closely there’s no shortage of places to choose from. But which one to choose? How about the one offering the best discount?
Again Groupon can help here with some regular offers of big price reductions on wine tours in the region.
BookMe is a deals website which regularly posts Queenstown Wine Tours much cheaper than on the official websites. Worth a look.
Love mountain biking? For MTBers based in Queenstown, I'd recommend joining the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club. Not only will you be a member of coolest clubs around, you’ll have access to a bunch of exclusive discounts on products and services in town.
Here’s where you can save a lot of cash. Less money spent on a hotel room means more money to spend on throwing yourself off things and enjoying the town’s fine cuisine.
HotelsCombined does a great job of aggregating hotels based on price and rating . Check out the Hottest Deals section for last minute hotel deals in Queenstown.
Agoda is used by millions of people in the Asia/Pacific region and so the company has a good network of hotel deals to pull information from. Queenstown hotels are well catered for. If you sign up with Agoda you get regular Insider Deals, which offer of up to 30% off.
Before you go booking anything sign up with Hotels.com and check the ‘deal of the day’, exclusive member offers, and ‘your secret price’ offers. We’ve saved a lot of money using these deals and it’s definitely worth checking out and comparing to other offers. Compare with Expedia’s Hotels Deals and Daily Deals. Check out get the Expedia app also.
If the Crowne Plaza is your destination, make sure you check their specials page for activities and great prices on stays in town.
Last minute hotel deals are regularly posted as hotels must fill vacancies. An occupied hotel room is better than an empty one. If you haven't found a room within a couple of days of your arrival check the Hotel Tonight app for last minute offers on hotels.
Travelling around Queenstown and NZ
If you plan to bus transport to see the main sites around Queenstown then InterCity is a good choice. Why? Because they offer $1 fares. Obviously, not every trip is priced so low but check this page for details.
Not everyone loves Uber and it’s business model and it hasn't worked out well in New Zealand so far. A competitor to Uber in New Zealand is TakeMe. Use the code BETTERTHANUBER and get a 15% discount on the first ride. If you're adventurous and planning a trip outside of Queenstown check out Transfer Car and drive for free.
Eating out – Food deals
First Table is a website and app that provides lists of eateries offering dinner deals. Breakfast and lunch deals are also available. To avail of the great discounts you must be the first diners of the day. If you like to eat early then the ‘book the first table of the day’ offer is well worth doing. Reserving the 5 pm or 6 pm table can score you a 50% discount on the normal price. You will have to pay a $10 booking fee to secure the table booking but it’s well worth it as up to 4 people per table can save 50% on their meals. Restaurants are ranked and customers leave reviews about their experience.
Make sure you are on time. Arriving more than 15 minutes late disqualifies you for the first table deal. You can’t use the 50% discount with any other promotion.
Restaurant Hub is more of a standard restaurant booking app but check the deals tab and get some savings on local places to eat.
Bookmark BookMe for discounts on deals that you can sort by popularity and customer rating. This is a great way to see which deals are worth buying. Hundreds of locals and visitors to Queenstown grab the deals on Bookme regularly so you can see for yourself what they all think.
LoneStar restaurant (4.4 / 5 stars on Google Reviews) has a sister website which exists solely to hand out food promo deals. It’s pretty simple to use. Register on the site, then click on the deal for Queenstown.
Get Happy is a deal finder app that finds happy hours, food promos, and Queenstown deals.
Cooking for yourself will save you heaps. But don’t pay full price at the supermarket either. Plan your supermarket trips around the specials.
Pak’nSave Queenstown’s special offers page is updated regularly
Also check, New World’s savings page and Countdown’s weekly mailer.
If you’re studying in NZ then a Student Card will get you good discounts on a lot of stuff such as Jucy Rentals, Naked Bus travel and more. The Student-Tourist card might also be of interest
Clothing and Apparel
Get a weekly email from Torpedo7 which lists special offers and great deals on sporting goods. Everything you need for adventure.
Jucy new zealand promo code's appear all over the internet and it's hard to know what the real price of car hire is. But the rule should be ‘never pay full price for jucy car rental' with Jucy (one of New Zealand's best known car rental companies). This site lists regular promo codes. CouponFollow has some small discounts to use on the Jucy website.
For a comprehensive guide to saving money on car rental in Queenstown check our guide.
We also list car hire promo codes on the Queenstown Insider Facebook page whenever we find them. Follow the page to stay updated.
Other Deals Websites
LivingSocial is popular in many countries and has some offers in New Zealand. Most are for the largest cities like Auckland and Wellington but there are some discounts on activities and tours in Queenstown.
DailyDo focuses on Shopping and Getaways and can sometimes throw up good bargains.