Queenstown is a beautiful city. It is thriving and bright, a hub of tourists and food and fun. You would definitely need at least a few days here, so as to make the most of your stay and explore everything that the gorgeous city has to offer.
All throughout the day during the summer, there are buskers by the lake in the centre of town. You can sit on the grass by the pier and enjoy the music, or take a walk along the lakeside up to the gardens – both of which are nice and relaxing options! A boat which once belonged to Winston Churchill is moored on the lake, so this is interesting to see!
On the weekends, there are markets by the pier and locals sell an array of trinkets, foods and gifts.
Queenstown also functions as a central meeting point from which activities and day trips are run.
Evidently, there are many many cool things to do in and around Queenstown! Here are a few of my favourites to help you plan your own Queenstown adventure.
There are many activities available here, including walks, the Luge, a Haka show and the outdoor viewing deck. We spent a whole afternoon here and it was wonderful!
The Luge in particular was lots of fun and we were laughing hard as we raced each other down the mountainside. The views are also stunning, both from the Luge and the viewing deck, so get those cameras ready!
If you do choose to go to the Haka show, prepare for it to be interactive! It’s fun, and the performers are absolutely lovely!
There is also a Skyline in Rotorua, and you can check out both sites here: https://www.skyline.co.nz/en
Million Dollar Cruise
I am no going to lie, this was mainly a cruise of older people. BUT the captain let us sit on the front deck, where we were able to sip beers and bask in the glorious sunshine in relative privacy.
We did miss a bit of commentary, but the views which we were able to enjoy were phenomenal. Being outside, we were able to truly take in our surroundings and, let me tell you, they were stunning!
Lake cruises are a great way to get a nice view of the Remarkables, a north-to-south mountain range near Queenstown, so I definitely recommend jumping on one of the cruise boats during your time in Queenstown. Then you too can marvel at the deep blue hues of Lake Wakatipu and the jagged grey face of the looming mountains.
For information, see the website: https://milliondollarcruise.co.nz/
Milford Sound BBQ Bus
This day trip was just amazing! We were out all day and our guide was absolutely fantastic!
I think it’s a great way to see Milford Sound without having to drive all that way, and you have the added benefit of stopping at magnificent spots such as the Mirror Lakes which you may miss when driving on your own.
The bus will pick you up in the morning and drop you off in the evening. A BBQ lunch is also included!
Check out my previous post to read about our journey to Milford Sound: https://lapiccolaviaggiatrice.com/2018/04/03/journey-to-milford-sound/
Here is website so that you can have a look at the tours for yourselves: https://bbqbus.co.nz/
This is a must! I went on the Shotover Jet with my dad and it was phenomenal! The scenery is stunning and the ride is exhilarating.
Pick-up is from Queenstown, and then you will be driven to Arthur’s Pass, where Shotover Jet is stationed. Then it is time to gear up, jump on the boat and prepare yourself to be flung across the water! Beware – you are likely to get a little bit wet from the spray, particularly if you sit in the front as we did!
Spectators are also welcome to come along and watch their family/friends shoot past and spin around at fantastic speeds.
The drivers are incredibly talented and super fun to be around, and they are more than happy to answer your questions about the area and the history of Shotever Jet.
Here is the company website: https://www.shotoverjet.com/