Breathe in some of the world’s best views –all from home, all for you. Watch the vibrant sky transform right before your eyes, direct from Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown, New Zealand.
With the magestic backdrop of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown heralds breathtaking natural beauty, incredible adventure trails and a list of notable eateries that will make your belly rumble. Take the time to plan your next dream trip to beautiful Queenstown with this list showcasing some of the top attractions and activities in the region.
Wake the locals way
Queenstown and quality breakfasts go hand in hand. Coffee is an essential part of the day here and it’s not hard to find a good blend. Vudu Cafe & Larder is a local favourite for breakfast and brunch, offering a wide varierty of mouthwatering seasonal favourites using fresh, free range produce.
Rustic and charming, Bespoke Kitchen on Isle Street is a notable all-day dining choice, particularly if you are planning to visit the nearby Skyline gondola and luge. The menu is clean and fresh with a serious variety of vegan, raw and gluten free dishes that profile the very best local, free range ingredients. In winter, patrons can enjoy a cosy seat outside by a welcoming fire, framed by the dramatic Remarkables. With good food and great coffee in plentiful supply, this place is a must-visit before any action packed day in Queenstown.
The Perfect Slopes
In winter, Queenstown buzzes with holiday makers looking to hit the snowy peaks. Experience New Zealand’s finest downhill skiing at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, an easy 20 and 45 minute drive from central Queenstown. If you’re looking for a winter activity with a difference, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm is sure to be fun. Located along the Cardrona Valley Road – it boasts more than 50km of groomed trails. The experiences on offer are sure to captivate any age group, plus the Snow Fun Zone is perfect for little ones to let loose!
Blood pumping adventure activites are in plentiful supply in Queenstown. For those brave enough to Bungy, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy offers a huge serve of adrenalin action paired with stunning views of the pristine Kawarau River. Whether you want to Bungy, Swing or Zip across this stunning location, there are a range of options for solo or tandem experiences.
Be sure to make time for a ride in the Skyline Gondola for truly spectacular vistas of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Once you’ve had your fill of the spectacular scenery, take a spin on the Queenstown Luge, this fast paced and hugely fun attraction is suitable for all ages and will have you grinning from ear to ear as you coast along purpose built track, through tunnels and dippers.
You just might be in need of a little downtime and relaxation after all the excitement, cue Sofitel’s LeSpa – voted the World’s Best Hotel Spa by Travel Leisure Magazine. Upon entering this warm and fragrant space, you’ll instantly feel calmed. Choose from signature beauty therapies and treatments for an unprecedented sensory experience.
Picture perfect Arrowtown
An easy 20 minute drive from central Queenstown sits picture perfect Arrowtown. This historic settlement was established in 1862 during the peak of the Otago gold rush. Take a walk along the tree lined Arrow River and soak up the gorgeous views. Be sure to visit the towns boutique shops for some special souvenirs and quaint cafes and restaurants for a lazy lunch.
Lose yourself to the view
It’s essential to carve out a day to drive and explore the stunning scenery on offer in and around Queenstown. There are also a range of guided tours, should you wish to leave the hard work to soomeone else. These also include day-trips to the unmissable and magic Milford Sound, road access to which can be tricky if the weather is icy.
The national parks of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring offer some wonderful experiences, whilst a scenic Lord of the Rings tour in gorgeous, meloncholy Glenorchy is a must-do for film buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.
If you prefer to stay local to Queenstown, there are still many gorgeous vistas to behold. Take a stroll around Queenstown Garden and experience the tranquillity of Lake Wakatipu, or if you’re looking for a challenge, take a hike up Queenstown Hill for some of the best views of the region.
No visit to Queenstown would be complete without a juicy burger from world famous Fergburger on Shotover Street. This place is serious about all things ‘burger’ and you won’t leave disappointed. Take your pick from prime New Zealand beef, fallafel, chicken, fish or game – paired with some sides and shakes.
If you’re wanting somewhere a little more special, sample flavoursome Waygu Sirloin or Mackenzie Lamb Rack at celebrity chef Simon Gault's Jervois Steak House, or be carried away by the taste sensation of a Harmony Pork Fillet or Roasted Cervena Venison Loin at Josh Emmet's Rata.
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