THINGS TO DO IN QUEENSTOWN
Here's the Harcourts Holiday Homes team's top tips of things to do and our favourite places to eat and drink see in Queenstown.
Ben Lomond Track
Duration: 6-8 hours return
Start/Finish: The Gondola base station on Brecon Street, or you can cut out the Tiki Trail and start from the top of the Skyline Gondola access road.
Bobs Cove Walking Track
Duration: 40 min return
Start/Finish: Bobs Cove Recreation Reserve car park on Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Moke Lake Loop Track
Duration: 2 hours
Start/Finish: Moke Lake Reserve
Lake Alta Track
Duration: 1-3 hours return
Start/Finish: The Remarkables ski area which is about a 40-minute drive from Queenstown, New Zealand.
Glenorchy Animal Experience
Surrounded by stunning scenery, this farm offers fun encounters for both children and adults with a large variety of friendly farm animals. Located just outside of Glenorchy on the way to Paradise, this makes for a great day trip or a quick stop on the way to Paradise.
Opening Hours: Summer (1 Oct – 28 Feb) 9am-5pm Winter (1 Mar – 30 Sept) 10am-4pm
Pricing: Adult $20, Child $10, Family (2adults, 3 children) $50
TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on this beautiful vintage Edwardian steamship. Watch the stoker feed the coal fire and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains. The Earnslaw does multiple departures during the day and offer both a buffet lunch and dinner stop as well at Walters Peak.
Pricing: From $70 per person (cruise only)
Queenstown is often referred to as the adventure capital of the world. There’s an impressive selection of activities ranging from guided Lord of the Rings Safaris and relaxing fishing trips to must dos for all adrenaline junkies like Bungy Jumping, sky diving, Jet Boat Rides and Paragliding.
Eat & Drink
When it comes to eating and drinking, Queenstown’s got a generous gastronomy scene. Whether you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful “on the go”, a fine dining establishment or a world famous burger, Queenstown will not disappoint.
Here’s a list of our teams’ favorite restaurants and bars:
Blue Kanu Church Street
“Polynasia” is what Blue Kanu calls their mix between the Pacifica and Asian style. The food is fresh and exotic with pacific influences. The tapas style menu will guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Make sure to try the Roast Duck Nachos and the Tahitian Prawn Curry.
Sherwood Frankton Road
Sustainable and locally sourced food makes Sherwood menu not only beautifully colorful and fresh but also highly fragrant and full of flavor. If they can’t grow the food themselves they buy it locally. The menu reflect the changing seasons but weather you visit Sherwood during harvest season or in the middle of winter, their creatve chefs will not dissappoint.
The Bunker Cow Lane
This small, inviting and intimate restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem. The fine dining menu specializes in game and red meats. After dinner we would recommend you venturing upstairs to their old school cocktail bar. With some of the best bartenders in town this bar is a favorite among the locals.
Fergburger Shotover Street
This world famous burger joint is definitely a must do as we are sure you will get asked at least once after holidaying in Queenstown if you had a Fergburger. Known pre COVID-19 for having a line outside 24/7 so there’s no better time than now to try one of the world’s favorite burgers. Our office team recommends the Sweet Bambi with Fiordland deer, Brie cheese and boysenberry and caramelized onion chutney or the Holier Than Thou with spicy satay tempura tofu.
Sundeck The Mall
Our favorite rooftop bar. Sip on an Aperol Spritz in the sun and take in the beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and Cecil Peak. Sundeck is open both summer and winter (there are heaters and gas fires to keep you nice and warm in the evening and cooler months) into the late hour. With delicious cocktails and the top DJ’s in town, Sundeck is the best place to watch the sun go down in style.
Take a day and explore some of the 75 wineries within a 20-minute drive of Queenstown. With delicious dining, wine tasting, winery tours and the chance to meet the winemakers, this is a must do for all wine lovers.
We recommend visiting Gibbston Valley, Akarua Wines, Amisfield and Wet Jacket.
Craft Beer and Breweries
Queenstown has also got a good selection of craft beer houses and breweries. Book your seat on a beer tour bus that will take you around to the best breweries for you to see the brewing process first hand and get to try a whole lot of good beer. And if you don’t want to spend a whole day driving around to the breweries, visit one of the three craft beer bars/restaurants in town for a tasting platter and a bite to eat. Smiths and Atlas has the biggest selection of beers on tap from all around NZ or the slightly smaller Beech Tree.
Enjoy Queenstown this Autumn and create memories that will last a lifetime!