Visiting Queenstown, New Zealand
We spent a week in Queenstown and can’t wait to come back and explore more of what Queenstown (and the rest of NZ) has to offer!
Here are our recommendations, but I am sure this will continue to get bigger the more times we explore this wonderful part of the world!
Skiing in Queenstown
There is good variety of skiing in Queenstown. Given this was our first trip over, we stuck to the usual two that most tourists go to.. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The reason being is that they are the two closest to Queenstown
To read more about skiing at The Remarkables & Coronet Peak, click here.
What to do in and around Queenstown
Queenstown City: The city itself is tiny! It feels like you’re in a European town, there are no high-rise buildings, there are small laneways and plenty of fire places (for the winter time!). It is really such a beautiful city!
Lake Wakatipu: Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in New Zealand and is shaped like a lightening bolt! Even if you only have an hour or so free in Queenstown, it is worth wandering down the shore of the lake and taking in the beauty that surrounds you!
Shotover Jet: Now, most people when they visit Queenstown hear about the famous Shotover Jet. Well, we did it and it was awesome. For heaps more info, photos and a short video, click here. This is simply something you must see when visiting Queenstown.
Game Over: If you’re unlucky like us and have some pretty heavy rain, you will quickly discover there isn’t much going on in and around Queenstown in the rain… So, after asking a few of the local shop keepers what we can do, it was off to Game Over which is an indoor go karting place at the airport. They have a deal with the green taxis from the city centre to the go karting place for around $30 NZD. The actual Go Karting cost us around $39 NZD per person and for that you get 14 laps. In case there was any hesitation, I, of course came first, Luke (aka thewelltravelledrider) came second and Jenna (aka thewelltravelledwoman) came third (of three… but who’s counting?!).
It is a really fun course, with fast turns and a hill as well. It is a great way to kill a few hours in the rain.
Queenstown Gardens: If you have an hour or two free, then taking a walk through the Queenstown Gardens is worth the time. It’s situated right next to Queenstown and has plenty to offer, including disc golf! Yep, we weren’t sure either. It’s basically golf but using a frisbee instead.
What we saved until next time… We unfortunately ran out of time, but on our list for next time is the quad biking tour! We’ve heard great things about it so can’t wait to do it next time round.
Where to eat
For some recommendations on where we at in Queenstown, click here.
Where to stay
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman