There’s more to Queenstown than just skiing and bungee jumping. With fine dining, small bars, luxury accommodation and plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family, Queenstown ticks all the boxes.
Queenstown is renowned as the best skiing destination in the Southern Hemisphere.
Called the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is an unforgettable fjord.
New Zealand’s South Island is renowned for its luxury lodges, each set against a dramatic background.
A gentler way to scale Central Otago heights, this ride takes you 450 metres above Queenstown to Bob’s Peak for uninterrupted views of the Wakatipu Basin.
There’s no gondola that takes you here, nor is it accessible by cars.
Make your way to the town via the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road with waterfront views of Lake Wakatipu.
There are three major lakes (Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea) and two major rivers (Shotover and Kawarau) in the Queenstown Lakes District.
For a place as hilly and picturesque as Queenstown, it’s surprising that there are not many rooftop bars here.
Many hotels claim to be a home away from home but Eichardt’s nails it.
There are no lake views here but Queenstown Park Hotel’s location in the middle of two lush parks makes it just as scenic and ideal for early-morning runs.
Queenstown is a mecca for adventure sports and the home of bungee jumping.
Rata is the Noma of Queenstown and no trip to the South Island is complete without a meal at this restaurant.
For a lesson in history (and unprecedented views), hop aboard TSS Earnslaw.
One of the best ways to take in the city's beauty.
Surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, Wanaka is a smaller, more laidback version of Queenstown but just as scenic.
In a very different part of Queenstown – close to the airport – is the Hilton, which features earthy tones and plenty of timber to give it that unmistakable alpine feel.
Leave with your wallet a little lighter, and your suitcase slightly heavier.
As you walk into this hotel’s lobby with its grand spiral staircase and piano, you feel a sense of calm that belies its location – right behind Queenstown’s busiest thoroughfare, Shotover Street.
This breakfast hotspot – with the best coffee in Central Otago – is hard to find even if you’re looking for it, thanks to its location at the back of a main street and up a winding flight of stairs in sleepy Arrowtown.
Madam Woo is the sort of place you can take your kids and not be embarrassed if they’re a bit boisterous.
At the end of Cow Lane, one of Queenstown’s most nondescript roads, the way into The Bunker is not exactly glamorous.
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