Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of New Zealand


Adventure Queenstown

SIT’s Queenstown campus is a unique opportunity to study in New Zealand’s world-famous adventure tourism resort.  Advance your career in hospitality, tourism, business, information technology or massage while enjoying the superb Queenstown lifestyle.

Queenstown: Abuzz all year long

Queenstown was established in the 1860s following the discovery of gold. This gold rush brought miners from all over the world. While the miners are gone, the international dimension remains, with Queenstown hosting nearly 3 million visitors a year.

The resort is a mecca for sports lovers. From bungy jumping to mountain biking, paragliding to snowboarding, jetboating to paddling in the lake, there are countless adventure activities to take part in – or just watch.

During summer, Queenstown is abuzz with people making the most of the lake and mountain ranges. Jet boating, water skiing, hiking and mountain biking are popular pursuits. The resort really ratchets up a gear with the start of ski season. Fresh snow on the surrounding mountains lures thousands of skiers and snowboarders to the region.

Queenstown also has an active culture scene, with many bands, theatre groups and galleries making a mark on the resort alongside the cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Annual events include Queenstown’s famous Winter Festival, the Jazz Festival, 100% Pure NZ Winter Games and the Queenstown Rugby Sevens.

Find out more about Queenstown at www.queenstownnz.co.nzThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window.

Four distinct seasons

Queenstown cafe scene
  • Summer - December to February is hot and dry with daily temperatures ranging from 19oC to 29oC or 66F to 84F
  • Autumn - March to May is usually clear and crisp with temperatures ranging from 12oC to 22oC or 53F to 71F
  • Winter - June to August brings colder weather and regular snow falls, with daily averages of 1oC to 10oC or 34F to 50F
  • Spring - September to November has warm days but crisp mornings and evenings with daily averages of 16oC or 43F

Why study at our Queenstown campus:

Stunning location

SIT’s Queenstown campus is situated in heart of the Remarkables Park Town Centre, nestled among cafes, restaurants and shopping. Located just a few minutes from the Queenstown airport, a few more minutes to Lake Wakatipu, regular public transport and with the Remarkables mountain range as a spectacular backdrop, there are few better places to study.

Modern facilities

Our modern campus facilities provide an exceptional teaching environment. New purpose built spaces, computer lab, plenty of natural light, magnificent views and ample free car parking make studying at our Queenstown campus a pleasure. Our campus layout means students from all disciplines mix together, helping you make friends easier.

Flexible programmes

Many of our Queenstown programmes have multiple intakes every year. That makes it easier for you to join the programme at a time that suits you. It also means that you don’t have to wait long if your arrival is delayed due to travel or visa reasons.

Flexible timetables

A unique feature of our Queenstown campus is the flexible timetables. Many of our programmes are taught in blocks, during the week, at nights, or at the weekend, to suit our student’s active lifestyles. This leaves you with more time for self-directed learning, working and playing – days up the mountain in winter or chilling by the lake in summer never looked so good!

Links with industry

Our programmes link strongly with local industry. Students are provided a number of opportunities to engage with employers and industry experts. Our academic staff are drawn from industry, with most still working in their fields, helping bring real life experiences to the classroom.


With countless hotels, resorts and luxury retreats dotted around Queenstown – not to mention a host of adventure and hospitality businesses – there are a number of employment options for students. Our dedicated International Employment Officer will work one-on-one with you to help you find employment.

Andrea Furindova"Honestly it was the best experience ever! The management and staff were always really helpful and understanding. My tutor had amazing patience. He was really passionate and really wanted to teach us. I really valued that. At the start I felt the course was too tough, but I was really encouraged and supported through the course. It was really good for me, my character as well as for my career."

- Andrea Furindova (Slovak Republic)
Graduate, Diploma in Information Technology


SIT Queenstown Apartments - each student apartment includes:

  • 9 units with 3 furnished double rooms each
  • Ensuite off each bedroom
  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Two minute walk to SIT campus and shopping centre
  • Power is included in the rent
  • Each student will be required to pay a $300 bond + 4 weeks rent in advance (bond is refundable if no damage, is left clean & tidy and key returned)
  • New international students will receive a welcome pack that includes: one set of bed sheets, pillowcases, duvet, towels, face cloths and a food parcel for their first breakfast. This is yours to keep when you leave.

Find more information about Queenstown Accommodation.

If you would prefer a real kiwi experience then SIT’s homestay accommodation is for you. Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with a New Zealand family and experience Kiwi culture first hand.   Call our SIT Homestay Officer for more details.


SIT Queenstown Campus
Level 2, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown
Postal address: PO Box 2607, Wakatipu 9349
Phone: +64 3 442 5375