Queenstown sits at the bottom of a stunning range of mountains, on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, meaning you are surrounded by a variety of stunning views wherever you look. When booking one of our New Zealand holidays, you will be treated to a few freedom days to explore the area in your own time. We have taken a look at a few things you may wish to consider when visiting Queenstown:
Visit Queenstown Gardens
Queenstown Gardens contain a variety of both native and exotic plants and trees, including a number of protected heritage trees, which were planted by the first Mayor of Queenstown. There are a number of trails which wind their way through the botanical gardens, offering stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. This is a perfect walk for anyone looking to take things easy and enjoy some quiet time.
Scale Bob’s Peak
Those who are looking for a bit more of a challenging walk may wish to tackle Bob’s Peak, which is part of Ben Lomond Mountain. The hike takes you through stunning forestry, taking you upwards to the Skyline complex. Here, you can relax in the café, bar or restaurant within the complex, whilst taking in your stunning surroundings. There is now also a new stargazing experience available daily after dark, which offers the chance to see constellations which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world!
Ride the Gondola
For those of you who wish to experience the views from Bob’s Peak, but want to rest your legs (we don’t blame you!) the Gondola can be ridden to the Skyline complex. We must warn you, it is the steepest Gondola in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is not for the faint of heart! It does offer photographic opportunities like no other, so keep your camera at hand.
Have a drink or two!
With the area well-known for excellent wines, you can experience tasting and sightseeing of these on the Queenstown Wine Trail, where you choose from a classic tour, or a wine and food sampler tour. Queenstown itself is home to a number of places to enjoy a drink, enjoying Queenstown’s unique nightlife. For those interested, there is also an ice bar, but make sure you book your slot to ensure you get in and are not disappointed.
Enjoy the food
Queenstown has a plethora of different restaurants, all showcasing a variety of different cuisines to enjoy. One cuisine which Queenstown has a particular soft spot for is Asian, with a range of Chinese, Japanese and Korean restaurants. With so many good restaurants in such a small place, you will be spoilt for choice!
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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