Situated on the south west of the South Island, Queenstown is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. The flight into this beautiful corner of this world is worth the trip- shadows of mountains rising out of still blue waters, clear skies and a range of activities to suit every traveller.
10 Things to do in Queenstown
Here are 10 must do’s to check off the list while in Queenstown:
1. Skyline Gondola
Take a gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak for a spectacular view of Queenstown. Watch the sunset over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from one of the best vantage points you’ll find.
2. Milford Sound
Hire a car and take a road trip towards Milford Sound – one of the longest fiords in New Zealand. The stunning scenery will leave you breathless; lakeside vistas are framed by the rugged mountains of the Fiordland, admire the soaring mountains until you reach the magnificent mountain range. After a smooth drive through the south countryside, you’ll reach the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes. From here, make your way to the still waters of Milford Sound.
3. Adventure Capital
As the nation’s adventure capital, get your adrenaline going from one of the extreme activities available. For those looking for flight, go bungee jumping from the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge or paragliding and skydiving for an incomparable view of Queenstown. For a water rush, go canyoning in the depths of Queenstown’s forest or speed through Shotover Lake on a jet boat.
4. Winter Ski Holidays
If you’re travelling to Queenstown in Winter, make sure to book a ski pass up to Coronet Peak for world-class snow fields. The city is quickly become a global destination for skiing and, with hills and slopes suited for all expertise levels, you’ll find it hard not to visit the city when it’s covered in a beautiful white sheet of clean snow.
5. Cycling Trails
Take advantage of some of the great cycling trail paths around Queenstown and take on the 110km path (or sections of it). Shaped around the hills of Frankton to Arrowtown, you’ll find yourself taking breaks around the vantage spots for beautiful picturesque views of Queenstown.
6. The Winery
Visit The Winery – one of the largest wine tasting experiences in the world. Located right in the heart of the Queenstown, you’ll be able to sample some of the South Island’s best wine and also learn about the specialised fermenting and keeping process.
7. Queenstown Walks
Spend your morning in the Queenstown Gardens and walk along the Lake Wakatipu Ride for a quiet and serene experience just out of the main city centre. If you’re keen for an active experience, ride the path starting from Earnslaw Park and make your way to the Gardens for an afternoon picnic. Ride towards the historic one-lane Kawarau Falls bridge and watch the waters of Lake Wakatipu flow into the mighty Kawarau River.
8. Picnic by Lake Wakatipu
Grab some take out, a picnic blanket and sit along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The beauty of Queenstown is in its stillness and calm. Take in the cleanest air you’ll find this side of the Hemisphere and watch the sunset over the rocketing mountains for a travel memory that’ll remain as one of your best.
9. Restaurants for Foodies
Try out Fergburger and Pedro’s House of Lamb for lunch or dinner. These restaurants full of hearty menu items showcase some of the nation’s best lamb. Alternatively, Taco Medic offers some of the region’s freshest produce in their tapas menu.
10. Heritage and Lord of the Rings sites
Travelling to Queenstown means you can easily explore the nearby towns of Arrowtown, Glenorchy and Kingstown. Each of these destinations has a strong heritage and scenic backdrop (Glenorchy was a key filming spot for The Lord of the Rings!). Leave a day to travel and cover each town.