Queenstown is a destination for everyone – from the thrill seekers to the leisure goers. The town has transformed to become more accommodating for it’s international visitors with stores like Louis Vuitton opening more recently. However don’t be deterred as the stunning views of the mountain range and Lake Wakatipu make this town beautiful all year round.
Lake Wakatipu – surrounded by The Remarkables mountain range, the beauty of this lake is incredible. We highly recommend cruising across the lake. We took the Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise which travels to the rugged Mt Nicholas.
Queenstown Gardens – stroll through the gardens to work off the Fergburger and gelato. The gardens right near the town centre are a popular place to picnic and take in the view of Lake Wakatipu.
Shotover River – one for the thrill seekers – the Shotover Jet will pass through the Shotover Canyon. The views are spectacular.
Wanaka – from Queenstown head across to Wanaka. Wanaka still has the small-town feel that Queenstown has lost. The views from here are also beautiful. Explore the Mt Aspiring National Park which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also here is the Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka, said to be one of the most photographed trees in all New Zealand.
Crown Range – lies between Queenstown and Wanaka. The road over the range is the highest main road in New Zealand. We will never forget the sense of driving through the clouds. Allow for time to stop and marvel at the views below.
Fergburger – this place has become an attraction in itself. Get here for opening or in the early hours of the morning to avoid the lengthy lineup.
Mrs Ferg Gelateria – thankfully no lines and hour long wait here for the delicious gelato.
Patagonia – award winning ice cream and sorbets. With locations in Queenstown and Wanaka, expect a crowd – but it’s worth it.
Caribe Latin Kitchen – really good Mexican and Latin American food, it won’t disappoint.
The Winery – stop in to sample over 80 New Zealand wines.
There are so many accommodation choices within Queenstown, however we suggest booking far in advance for something more affordable – if you want to avoid a hostel. We stayed at the Mercure Queenstown Resort simply for the exquisite uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountain ranges from our room.