If you only visit one place in New Zealand then Queenstown is the place to go! It has something for everyone – families, backpackers, thrill seekers, couples, sporty types, people who want to relax – and matches a friendly vibe which oozes with coolness. Centred around a beautiful lake, Queenstown isn’t a big town but there is still plenty to do to keep you entertained for several days.
Check out a few of our top recommendations below for where to eat, drink, what to do and where to stay.
- Eat:Muskets and Moonshine – a cool but casual bar/pub – the beef shank croquettes in particular are fabulous!
- Stratosphere restaurant – take the gondola up and eat at this restaurant at the top. The lunch and dinner buffet all you can eat packages are well worth it – the food is very good! For the best views go at lunchtime it is very dark up there (especially on the gondola) at night!
- Fergburger – when you walk past this burger joint, you will always see a long queue! Fergburger has achieved cult status in Queenstown – you’ll wait 45 minutes here for a burger but it is worth the wait!!
- Drink:Minus 5 Ice Bar – gimmicky but fun – don your warmest clothes (you get given a coat) and grab a cocktail in this freezing cold bar made purely of ice. Each group goes in for 10 minutes (which is enough!) – take photos, admire the ice carving handiwork and enjoy the atmosphere!
- The Pier – on sunny day the The Pier is a great bar to visit – with an outdoor space right by the water and a great vibe, you can easily wile away an hour or two here!
- Play: If you’re visiting in the winter then a trip to the mountains is a must! The most popular ski resorts are Cardrona and Coronet Peak. Book a ski lesson, go snowboarding or simply build a snowman! There are plenty of places in town where you can rent all the gear you need and transportation takes you there and back.
- Take the Skyline gondola and admire the amazing views over Queenstown (they also have activities such as a luge here)
- Do a Lord of the Rings tour! Hey if you’re in the land where LOTR was filmed then you should take the opportunity to admire where key scenes were filmed! Our favourite tour is with Nomad Safaris.
- New Zealand is the home of bungy jumping so if you are a thrill seeker then Queenstown is a great place to do it! Check out the original home of bungy jumping – https://www.bungy.co.nz/queenstown/kawarau-bungy-centre/
- If you’re not up for a bungy then a great alternative option is the Shotover jet which gives you a bit of excitement without being extreme!
- Stay:For us, the QT in Queenstown is the place to stay – it’s got a great location, chic decor and the best cocktail bar around! Stay in one of the lake view rooms and you won’t be disappointed!
- The Hotel St Moritz is also a great choice – stylish and elegant with very comfortable rooms and again, a great location.