By Stacey Grims
As you fly into Queenstown Airport over the Remarkables mountain range, reminiscent of scenes from Lord of the Rings, you will get your first taste of the South Island’s majestic beauty.
By day, the sophisticated town of Queenstown is a shopper’s delight. By night it transforms into a hub of activity filled with glitz and glamour where partygoers can sip on cocktails at a cosmopolitan bar or sample some of New Zealand’s finest cuisine in restaurants that pride themselves on showcasing fresh produce.
Outdoor shopping and dining experiences at the Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Wharf are a popular pastime here and summer will offer you warmer days to explore well-known brands, boutique stores and discount shopping. Stop at one of the many pubs or cafés for a bite to eat and a local Speight’s beer to recharge your batteries.
ADVENTURE LOVERS WILL FEEL RIGHT AT HOME IN QUEENSTOWN
It is a well-known fact that New Zealand is home to some of the most extreme attractions in the world and thrill-seekers will feel right at home in Queenstown with a range of activities from bungee jumping to sky diving and white water rafting. For a more family-friendly alternative, head to Skyline Adventure Park, a five-minute walk from the town centre, where guests can take a leisurely ride in a gondola up Bob’s Peak or add a little adventure with a luge ride which travels along several tracks back down the mountain. This is also the ideal spot to head off on a mountain bike ride along one of the area’s many trails catering for beginners to advanced riders.
SPEIGHT’S ALE HOUSE
These popular boutique ale houses, inspired by the beer that was first created in the Otago Region, serve up a range of delicious beers and ciders as well as hearty dishes.
- Cnr Stanley and Ballarat Sts, Queenstown +64 3 441 3065
- 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka +64 3 443 5459
This quirky and extremely popular gourmet burger joint serves up some of the most delicious and decadent burgers in all of New Zealand.
- 42 Shotover Street, Queenstown
- +64 3 441 1232
WHERE TO STAY:
WYNDHAM VACATION RESORTS ASIA PACIFIC WANAKA
Located at the foothills of Mt Aspiring National Park, the resort features a mix of hotel rooms, apartments and suites. There is a casual café with alfresco area and a heated swimming pool and spa.
- 109 Mt Aspiring Road, Lake Wanaka
- +64 3 443 0025