Nestled beneath the beautiful Remarkables on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a truly unique city that is perfect for both the outdoorsy adventurer and the art, culture, wine or food enthusiast alike.
Titled the ‘Global Adventure Capital’, it’s not difficult to find activities to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing in Queenstown. A favourite pastime among tourists is bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge – if you’re going to dive off a bridge attached to a rope you may as well do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world right?!
If you’re still seeking an outdoor adventure but maybe something less extreme, Queenstown is full of wonderful hiking trails, such as the hike up to Bob’s Peak which takes around forty-five to sixty minutes depending on your fitness level. The climb is fairly tough but the breathtaking views over the city from the top make it absolutely worthwhile. In summer, you’ll have the opportunity to go jetboating on the Shotover and Dart rivers, while in winter you can spend your days skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Queenstown is also home to five international-standard golf courses as well as a ‘Frisbee golf course’ in the stunning Queenstown Gardens. If you’re using your time in Queenstown to relax and wind down rather than feed your inner adrenaline junkie, having a game of golf (or Frisbee golf) or strolling through the gardens are perfect ways to do this.
In terms of art and culture, Queenstown has several galleries such as the Artbay Gallery, where you’ll find incredible works by landscape artists as well as contemporary fine art, and the Queenstown Arts Centres, which houses exhibitions by local artists. To learn about Queenstown’s heritage, head to the Lakes District Museum, which is full of fascinating displays outlining the history of the city and surrounding areas. Queenstown is also famous for its beautiful vineyards, so book onto a tour and tasting at one of the many wineries in the Central Otago region.
Foodies will also love Queenstown for its innovative and creative restaurants such as Rata, an informal but upmarket and modern restaurant owned by Michelin star chef, Josh Emmet; or Blue Kanu, a stylish restaurant that fuses Māori, Pasifika and Asian flavours to create delicious, exotic dishes. However, what most people rave about when they visit Queenstown are Fergburgers. Fergburgers come with all sorts of different toppings and definitely live up to the excellent reviews – you’ll be able to tell from the line of people down the street. Fergburger also has a bakery, Fergbaker, and a gelato shop, Mrs Ferg, which are both also worth a visit!