So when the sun goes down on the “Adventure Capital of the World,” you would suspect those that have been streaking through canyon gorges, hurtling through the sky, or adding another feather to their mountaineering caps would just want to find the nearest comfortable bed and snooze for a while. From the atmosphere that surrounds the Queenstown Mall downtown on any night, you'll find that your assumption would in this case be wrong.
A town (because we have to call it that; there are barely more than 10,000 people living in the urban center) that doesn't sleep until after 4am on any night, there are nightlife options for a variety of tastes and budgets crammed into about five blocks near the Lake Wakatipu waterfront. Queenstown is easy because you either go downtown, where there are dozens of bars that cater to everyone from young backpackers to private jet-setters, or you head to the satellite communities of Frankton or Arrowtown for a small handful of other more laid-back options. Check outour summary of downtown Queenstown for the particulars; its all you'll need to know to keep your party going after embracing the wilderness.