Queenstown is pretty much synonymous with adventure. There are so many thrilling activities to down here, you might need another vacation after visiting.
WHEN TO VISIT
It’s one of those towns you can visit anytime of the year but the most fun are either summer or winter. During summer you can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities and hikes, the weather is perfect and the temperature is just right - not too hot and not too cold. Come winter the area turns into a ski resort, offering more outdoor fun.
If you’re only here for a really short time, taking the occasional taxi might suffice. However if you spend a few days here renting a car is the best way to get around.
WHERE TO STAY
Beautiful boutique hotel right at the lake in the center of town. They have an amazing rooftop terrace with impeccable views.
For those who want to relax rather than go on an adventure this is the place to stay. It is a bit outside of Queenstown and perfect to wind down.
Beautiful hotel in Queenstown located on a hill offering elevated views of the lake.
WHAT TO DO
Queenstown is a great place to stay and visit the surrounding areas. As already mentioned, it’s the perfect place for people seeking some adventure, you can go bungee jumping, zip-lining, rock climbing and so much more. For those of you who prefer a more relaxed stay, there are wonderful hikes and vineyards to visit nearby.
Milford Sound a beautiful fjord South of Queenstown. It is definitely worth the visit. You can either driver there (around a 4 hour drive) or take a helicopter there (around a 30 min. flight). It is a very scenic and incredible flight as you fly above the glaciers and down to the fjord. Once you arrived in Milford Sound you can take a 1 hour cruise through the fjord and witness some incredible waterfalls.
Glowworm caves - if you have the time this is quite spectacular.
Beautiful town just a short drive from Queenstown. It is an old mining town and bears resemblance to some of the towns found out West in the U.S.
Visit a Vineyard
The South Islands is more known for its wine than the north given its climate. There are quite a few vineyards around Queenstown and even some wine tours offered from Queenstown.
WHERE TO EAT
One of Michelin Star Chef Josh Emett restaurants where you will find delicious local cuisine. It is a very popular spot so reservations in advance are highly recommended.
While not quite a butchery but it offers everything a butchery has in a very cozy and elegant environment. It is also where we in our opinion had the best oysters in all of New Zealand, freshly caught from the coast.
Hip lakefront restaurant with a beautiful interior. The floor so ceiling windows also make it a perfect spot for enjoying the sun when its colder outside.
Dubbed as not only the best burger in town but the best burger in the world. There is a queue pretty much anytime of the day. A little birdie whispered that the trick to skipping the long queue is to oder take-out and to pick it up when it’s ready.