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Although the small town is located in the small country of New Zealand, Queenstown frequently makes the top of travellers’ bucket lists. No matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by picturesque views of the mountain peaks, azure rivers and greenery.
Atop of Bob’s Peak gives you the best views of the city. Take the tiki trail up in 45 to 60 minutes. Or take the more popular way up by Skyline gondola. Dine at the Stratosfare restaurant as you watch the sun go down, then take the Skyline luge back down to the town.
How to Get to Queenstown, New Zealand
To get to Queenstown from an international destination, the chances are you’ll have to go through Auckland. Some locations in Australia fly direct to Queenstown. If you have a layover in Auckland, it’s a great idea to stop over for a couple of days to catch the sights, then head on down to Queenstown. The flight should take less than two hours.
Alternatively, you could take a road trip from Auckland, take the car ferry over from Wellington, then drive down the South Island to Queenstown. It’s up to you how fast or slow you take the journey, but 10-14 days is the sweet spot.
The main town is small, so it’s a walkable city. However, most of the amazing sights such as Arrowtown, Bennett’s Bluff, and Queenstown Hill will require a car.
Orbus is great for public transport around Queenstown. If your accommodation does not offer an airport pick up, Orbus is the way to go.
If you’re travelling on a budget, consider using public transport to get around the city, then book day tours to the main tourist attractions.
Where to Eat in Queenstown for Dinner
There are so many places to eat in Queenstown, you’re definitely spoilt for choice.
Ferg Burger // Ferg Burger is possibly the most well-known place to eat in New Zealand. This burger chain has lines out the door, but don’t worry, the wait is worth it. A great tip is to call ahead and order to beat the queue.
Cookie Time Cookie Bar // Cookie Time Cookies are well-loved in New Zealand. Even better, from 6 pm – 7 pm every day, you’ll get two hot cookies from the price of one.
Winnie’s Gourmet Pizza Bar // The best place to get pizza in Queenstown is at Winnie’s. Sit upstairs overlooking the town on their cute balcony.
Toro Kitchen // It’s hard not to miss Toro Kitchen. Their tables and chairs fill one of Queenstown’s main streets. Their prices are more high-end, but the atmosphere is great, and so is the food!
Botswana Butchery // In Queenstown, Botswana Butchery is fine dining at its best. The Bluff oysters go down a treat.
Things to See in Queenstown at Night
Bob’s Peak // Bob’s Peak is the heart of Queenstown attractions. Take the Skyline gondola up the mountain, watch the sunset from their Statosfare Restaurant, then take the luge back down the hill.
Onsen Hot Pools // Picture a cedar hot tub overlooking the Shotover River and surrounding Queenstown scenery. Sunset or nighttime is the best time to visit. It’s a great place for a romantic date, or simply a place to really relax.
Bungy Jump // The first commercial Bungy jumping operation was set up in New Zealand, so it’s a great place to take a leap of faith (literally). Although most Bungy jump during the day, some companies will be open around sunset.
Pub Crawl // Queenstown sure comes alive at night. There are plenty of bars to choose from, including their iconic ice bar. Look out for happy hour deals after 5 pm.
Queenstown Gardens // It’s lovely to walk around extensive gardens right in the middle of the city. Take a picnic with you (and a bottle of wine following your wine tasting) and enjoy the views. Sunset is the best time to go during summer, as it isn’t too hot. Otherwise, late afternoon during winter is perfect.
Night Ski at Coronet Peak // This activity is only available during ski season in New Zealand. This will generally be from mid-June through to early October. The trail is lit with floodlights and provides a unique experience to traditional skiing.
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