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 in Queenstown.

 

Walking Tracks

Ben Lomond Track
Duration: 6-8 hours return
Difficulty: Advanced
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
Difficulty: Easy
Start/Finish: Bobs Cove Recreation Reserve car park on
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
 
Moke Lake Loop Track
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Start/Finish: Moke Lake Reserve
 
Lake Alta Track
Duration: 1-3 hours return
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/Finish: The Remarkables ski area which is about a 40-minute drive from
Queenstown, New Zealand.

 

Family Fun

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
Website: glenorchyanimalexperiene.co.nz

 

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)
Website: realjourneys.co.nz
 

Activities

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.


Wineries

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 summer and create memories
that will last a lifetime!