A Weekend in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, being the most popular city on the South Island of New Zealand, draws in tourists from around the world. Yet, finding your unique personal experience won’t be a problem. From adrenaline sports junkies to the ones enjoying the finer things in life, Queenstown has something in store for you. It was one of my Kiwi highlights!
Grab Breakfast in Town
Head to town for breakfast at one of the gorgeous lakeside cafes (Patagonia Chocolates is really yum) or grab some croissants and coffee at the famous Fergbaker bakery. The chicken pie and vegetarian pie are a must try! Truly delicious!
Next to the artisan bakery is the one and only Fergburger Burger place. It is the most popular fast-food location in Queenstown with crazy queues. But the wait will be worth your while since the burger is super delicious and offers a variety of options – from French brie, to steak, tofu and pineapple.
Go for a Lakeside Walk
After breakfast, catch breathtaking views of lake Wakatipu. As you stroll down the promenade, you will automatically hit ‘Queenstown Trail’, which leads around the peninsula of Queenstown. If you’re in luck, the ice ring will be open for you to prove your ice skating skills!
Luge Down Queenstown Hill + Skyline Gondola
Take the Skyline Gondola up to Bob’s peak and get ready for some adventure! The Luge is a gravity fuelled downhill go-cart ride for all ages. There are two different tracks – take it easy on the blue track or enjoy the thrilling curves and bumps of the red one.
Treat Yourself to Onsen Hot Pools
If you want to treat yourself to a relaxing experience (maybe with your loved one?), you should head to the Onsen Hot Pools. With about a 10 minutes drive from town you will need a car to get there, but the experience is worth it! Book a 1 hour private session on its own or add a 1 hour massage of your choice on top for ultimate relaxation. We had to reserve our Onsen experience 3 months in advance – otherwise all slots would have been taken…
End your Day with Stunning Views
End your day with stunning views of The Remarkables while the sun sets on the opposite shores of Lake Wakatipu. Grab an ice-cream at the famous Patagonia Chocolates or have a glass of wine at one of the great pubs on Steamer Wharf.
Visit Mount Nicholas Farm
This was the most authentic experience for me in New Zealand. A family-owned farm in its fourth generation, Mount Nicholas farm holds 29,000 Merino sheep and 2,800 cattle. The 100,000 acres farm is reached by a 40 minutes boat ride, part of the Southern Discoveries Lake Tour. On the farm, you can feed and pet sheep, get a tour of the property and see shepherd dogs in action. Keep an eye out for Lucky, the hand-raised pet sheep of the farm! Cool fact: The Merino wool from the sheep gets sent to Italy for Armani suits!
Spend your Day in the Snow – Visit Coronet Peak
Reminiscing the winter? If you’re in New Zealand during the winter season, make sure to take the 20 minutes drive up the mountain to Coronet Peak. It is New Zealand’s oldest ski resort, good for advanced skiers (Olympic teams train here!) but also great for beginners and families. Not only if you are a snow sports junky will you enjoy Coronet Peak, but cozy restaurants like Heidi’s Hut (walkable from carpark) will put a warming smile on your face.
Arrowtown is a must! Filled with history, the 150-year-old town flowers with gold-rush stories where some made fortunes and some lost everything. You can still feel this aura today when you pass the streets of old shophouses and historic buildings. Make sure to stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop, which sells candy from all over the world. Take a stroll along Arrow River and try to spot some of the filming locations from Lord of the Rings. You might even find some gold nuggets *$$$*.