Everyone knows Queenstown is famous as a couples getaway. It’s New Zealand’s most sought after honeymoon location and very popular for a dirty weekend as well. So what are all those loved up couples doing in Queenstown? Onsen Hot Pools This is the must do couples activity in Queenstown. You’ll need to book it months… Continue reading Romantic Things To Do in Queenstown
Kawarau Zipline is run by AJ Hackett at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy site. It’s an impressive and well organised location with excellent space for spectators to watch both the Zipline and the bungy jumping. The Zipline here isn’t a tour it’s just a quick adrenaline ride. It’s great for younger kids or anyone who wants… Continue reading Kawarau Zipline
Ziptrek Ecotours is Queenstown’s original Zipline Tour. It’s located right in town, the tour starts at the top of the Gondola. They offer a range of tours. Kea Tour The Kea Tour is $199 for Adults and $149 for Kids. It includes 6 ziplines one of which is the world’s steepest. The tour takes 2.5… Continue reading Ziptrek Ecotours Zipline
If you’re to chicken Bungy Jump the a Zipline might be just the thing. It’s great fun and a real adrenaline rush, but nowhere near as terrifying as a bungy or a skydive. Ziplines are great for families with kids in 10-15 age group that are looking for an adrenaline rush.
Paradise Ziplines is a very scenic one hour drive from Queenstown near Glenorchy. The Paradise Zipline tour is the best value zipline tour in Queenstown. It’s a little cheaper than Ziptrek and you get to do 8 ziplines instead of 6. I really like Paradise Ziplines for the interesting terrain.You are zipping down river valleys… Continue reading Paradise Zipline
You can’t visit Queenstown and not do a bungy jump. Afterall, Queenstown is the spiritual home of bungy. Actually invented in England by Oxford University dangerous sports club, but the first commercial jump operation was opened in Queenstown by AJ Hackett and they are still at it.
Queenstown’s Highest Bungy Nevis is the highest bungy in New Zealand, at 134 metres, which gives you 8.5 seconds of free fall. You jump from a platform suspended on cables high over the Shotover River. And it’s really, really high. You can’t drive to this bungy jump they have a bus that takes you there… Continue reading Nevis Bungy Queenstown
The original bungy. Not just Queenstown’s first, it’s actually the world’s first commercial bungy jumping site. It’s also got a great zipline which is perfect for kids to young to throw off a bridge. At 43m it’s not the highest bungy in town, not even close but it’s still great fun, and you can wear… Continue reading Kawarau Bungy Queenstown
Ledge Bungy is the Bungy with the best view. Quite possibly the best view in the world actually. It’s located on a platform at the top of the Skyline Gondola which is a must do for any visitor to Queenstown. At 47 metres it’s not the highest, less than 1/2 Nevis bungy. But it feels… Continue reading Ledge Bungy Queenstown
Visit Wanaka Farmers Market The Wanaka Farmers Market is great for foodies of all ages. It’s held every Thursday and runs from 3 PM till 6. Best of all, the Wanaka Farmers Market runs year-round. So you can get your organic, heirloom vegetables straight from the grower even in the dead of winter. Unless of… Continue reading Wanaka Farmers Market
The Carlin Boutique Hotel is billed as Queenstown’s first 6-star hotel. It certainly is luxurious, with your every whim attended to. Suites are spectacular with expansive decks, outdoor dining, and private hot tubs. The views are stunning from every room of this elevated site.
Take a Self Guided Queenstown Gardens Tour The Queenstown Gardens are on the lakefront, a short walk from central Queenstown. They’re a popular place for both locals and tourists from the hotels nearby to relax. The views of Lake Wakatipu are stunning. There’s a path that follows the lakefront around the gardens, which every visitor… Continue reading Tour Queenstown Gardens
Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will open for business in Q1 2022. This will be the nicest hotel near Queenstown Airport when it opens. It’s big too, offering 182 rooms including 6 suites. While a standard King room is under $200 a night the suites are targeted at a the upper end of the market and are well over $400 per night.
Regardless of your age or propensity for adventure, you have to go up the Skyline Gondola when you visit Queenstown. It’s a little terrifying if you don’t have a head for heights, but it’s totally worth it when you get to the top. The views are simply stunning. Pretty much every iconic photo of Queenstown you’ve ever seen was taken from the observation deck at the top of the gondola.
Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road is the older of the two Holiday Inns in Queenstown. It’s an average 4-star hotel aimed squarely at families. And it’s great for a family holiday – everything here is family friendly from the rooms to the restaurant and everything in between. Located in Frankton Road a 10 minute drive from the centre of Queenstown. It’s also a popular conference venue.
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is an older 4-star hotel in Queenstown near the CBD. It’s a 15 minute walk to Fergburger. The views from this romantic Hotel are simply stunning. Both from the restaurant and from the lakeview rooms. Stay here if you’re looking for a 5 star view on a 4 star budget.
Despite Covid, there’s a hotel building boom underway in New Zealand at the moment, and Queenstown is second only to Auckland regarding the number of hotel rooms under construction. Quest Queenstown is scheduled to open in Q4 2021 and will bring some much-needed competition to the Airport/Remarkables Park area. Wyndham currently dominates with its three… Continue reading New Hotels Under Construction in Queenstown
Mi-pad Smart hotel is indeed smart; it makes the most of its small footprint and location. You could say it’s the perfect hotel for couples on a budget. It’s nicely furnished with some great shared spaces, like the fantastic rooftop terrace with stunning views, the dining area, and the lounge. Of course, this isn’t the place for your wedding night, but it’s well priced and is suitable for a romantic couples getaway, especially for younger couples who can’t afford Blanket Bay or even the Hilton.
Like something straight out of a beer commercial, this postcard-perfect historic pub hotel is an icon of the Queenstown region. As much a pub and restaurant as it is accommodation, the food and atmosphere in the bar are excellent. And the accommodations pretty decent for a 3-star country hotel too. So don’t just stop to take a photo of this iconic Hotel. Stay a night or two and experience its charms.
New Orleans Hotel is a genuine country pub hotel. Built in 1866 it got the kind of history you can only earn. Don’t worry they gave the place a bit of a spruce up in 2019 so the rooms don’t look like they are for gold miners anymore. The food and the pub are great by any measure. The hotel is a great price.
Shotover Lodge is really cheap (for Queenstown) and not at all unpleasant. Located in Arthurs Point just over the road from Nugget Point this 3-star hotel is popular with younger folks on a tight budget. It’s a 10 minute drive to the center of Queenstown. And it’s on the way to Coronet Peak so perfect for a ski holiday.
Skippers Canyon Jet is the most extreme Jet Boat ride on offer in Queenstown. Even the bus ride into the canyon is terrifying. Like Shotover Canyon but narrower, and harder to get to to. This is a true adventure and not for the faint of heart. Or those who are scared of heights. The boat reaches speeds of 80 kph which doesn’t sound much until you see how narrow it gets.
The 4-star Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort is a large apartment style hotel on the lakeside. The location offers stunning views, of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains beyond. The hotel offers regular free shuttles into town, or it’s a 30 minute walk. It’s a slightly older 4 star so keep your expectations in check.
55 kms of Trails – 3 Backcountry Huts – Snowshoeing – Cross Country Skiing – Dog Sledding
Go Orange operates from the Steamer wharf in Queenstown so no need to bus anywhere. It’s just straight into the boat and away. Go Orange Jet Boating Experiences come in 25 minute or 60 minute. If you can go the 60 minutes as you have more time for the fun stuff. With boats leaving every 1/2 hour you’ll find a way to fit this into your day.