Though there are many gravel roads and off-road tracks that could make for great adventures, car hire companies, in most cases, prohibit travel on unsealed roads, off-road, and above the snow line.
It is often difficult to find a parking space in the CBD of Queenstown. On-street parking is free, but limited to two hours during daytime. All but one of the car parks in the city are paid parking. The free lot is located on Park Street. It is also worth noting that many hotels in the city charge for parking.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has a map
with current traffic conditions and road closure