On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is one of New Zealand’s most charming tourist cities. Queenstown it is super charming and full of natural attractions, especially for those who love skiing and do trails.
The mountains and crystal clear waters are the main landmarks of this region, which is super organized and attractive for all ages. If you have the opportunity, don’t think twice before booking your trip to see this part of the South Island.
When to go
Queenstown’s attractions vary widely according to the time of year. At the Winter the place becomes a paradise for those who love snow and love skiing (or have always had the dream of practicing the activity). If this is the case, give preference for the months of June to September. Oh, and if you want to know the names of some ski resorts in New Zealand, just click here.
THE summer it is already more suitable for those who love doing outdoor activities and playing extreme sports. The more adventurous can risk bungy jumping and enjoy a very different view of the city. Hiking enthusiasts can’t help but walk through Queenstown Hill.
How to get
The route to reach Queenstown will depend a lot on your starting point. If you are on the North Island, Auckland or Wellington, for example, you will have to take a airplane to the South Island. Paulo and I, for example, traveled the Auckland – Christchurch route. As we were doing a travel, we drove to Queenstown, which was one of the last destinations on our tour.
However, if you are already on the South Island, just look for the best road and enjoy the ride. Many people may find it tiring to travel by car, but the landscapes along the route are breathtaking. We even stopped several times in the middle of the road to enjoy nature and take pictures.
Where to stay
Two of the best hotels to stay in Queenstown are Stoneridge Estate and Azur Lodge. The two follow the style of boutique hotel that Paulo and I love, with good quality service and super charming accommodations.
Another positive point in relation to these accommodations is regarding their location. They are very close to the center and have incredible views. Their atmosphere is very intimate and the restaurants are always highly praised!
Where to eat
Although New Zealand cuisine is known mainly for seafood, the country has many other dishes to offer. In Queenstown, for example, you have a unique chance to go to Fergburger. The snacks in this restaurant are famous all over the world and they are only found in this unit – the brand has no branch! Vegetarians and vegans find two hamburger options: one with falafel and one with tofu.
For a slightly more refined lunch or dinner, go to Rata without fear. Some say that it is among the best restaurants in the country! One of the biggest hits of the house is the goat cheese profiteroles. The portion is perfect for those in pairs. Vegetarians can order mushrooms served with artichokes, hazelnuts and thyme. For those who do not have any type of food restriction, lamb and pork belly are good options.
What to do
Now, the most difficult part of the itinerary planning: deciding which tours will be. If one of your main goals is to relax, you can now add Onsen Hot Pools to your list. must do. The place is full of hot tubs, all surrounded by surreal landscapes. Almost paradise, right?
The opposite of this, and ideal for those who want to get out of their comfort zone, is to take a stroll through the Canyon Skippers Road. This road is considered one of the most dangerous in the world and was built by hand by miners over 100 years ago. The route had as main objective to facilitate the searches for gold, facilitating the access to the Shotover River.
As it is considered a dangerous place, do this activity with a specialized team and prepared guides. Some suggestions from companies that offer the tour: Nomad Safaris, 4W Expeditions and Skippers Canyon Jet.
Ah, another attraction that cannot be left out of your list is the Horizon. This gondola ride is one of those that leaves you feeling chilly in the belly, but scenarios that make everything worthwhile. I just don’t recommend this activity for those who are very afraid of heights, since the gondola takes tourists to more than 400 meters in height!
Queenstown is an exciting city! If you wanted to know more about her and how our experience there was, just stop by our channel ?