In the heart of New Zealand, Queenstown thrives. Celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and a spectrum of thrilling adventures. Queenstown offers a unique blend of safety, ease of navigation, and diverse accommodation options catering to various budgets. .A pivotal point on any New Zealand travel itinerary, here’s your guide to planning a trip from food to breathtaking hot spots!
Queenstown’s Gastronomic Delights
For relishing traditional New Zealand cuisine, Botswana Butchery is the optimum place with its seafood and meat dishes, including clam chowder, oysters, lamb, and crispy duck. Or head to Rata, by Michelin-star chef Josh Emett, which offers a delicious array of locally sourced specialties.
For something casual, opt for Fergburger, a 20-year-old establishment serving some of the most delicious burgers with fresh, local ingredients. Lastly, for innovative experiments and experiences, Madam Woo is a lively choice with delicious Malaysian-meets-Asian-fusion cuisine and aromatic drinks.
Best Times to Visit
Hoss Vetry, vice president of operations for APAC at Rosewood claims that Queenstown is a year-round destination. Vetry explains that mostly international travelers start pouring in during November to March. If you’re a skier, July through September offer the best conditions. Why not take a trip to Mount Hutt?
On the other hand, April and May offer calm weather, fewer crowds, and the famous fall Arrowtown leaves. September to October is the time of spring (yes, spring) which offers breathtaking views and one can witness mesmerizing snow-top mountains as well.
How to Get There
The most efficient way is by flying into Queenstown Airport, with daily flights from various domestic airports. The majority of tourists choose to travel by air from Auckland, where it takes about one and a half hours.
After reaching the airport you have taxis and car rental companies or if you are staying at one of the hotels listed, there are transfer options. However, if you are on a larger South Island road trip, it is easy to access by car and offers some breathtaking views either from Dunedin or elsewhere.
Areas to Visit
Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town that is something out of a storybook, with quaint boutiques, eateries, and art galleries. It’s only a 20-minute drive from central Queenstown, making for a lovely day trip.
If you are someone who is looking to snap Insta-worthy vacation places, Glenorchy is the place for you. On the other hand, if you are seeking adrenaline-pumping activities, Gibbston is where you can head with your bike and cycle through the Gibbston Valley. It’s a great cardio workout, too.