48 hours in Queenstown
Whether you missed out on a trip due to recent travel restrictions, or you’re simply itching for a Kiwi getaway, there’s no place better than Queenstown. Known as New Zealand’s adventure playground, it’s also full of class, complete with world-class scenery. Ski fields are generally open until early October, but there’s plenty more to do than hit the slopes, here are our top activities for a Queenstown weekend:
Get your walk on
Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes, the region offers some seriously stunning walks. The good news is, you don’t have to travel far (or hard) to experience them. Queenstown Hill walk starts at Belfast Terrace (not far from the city centre) and is a 500m climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui. The Moke Lake loop track takes you all the way around the lake and offers 2-3 hours of peace, birdsong and alpine views. If you’re seeking something extra low-key (or a good walk for kids), visit the 3km Queenstown Gardens Trail.
Queenstown’s charming historic village of Arrowtown, featuring quaint architecture that surrounds the Arrow River. Wander through the boutique shops and galleries, then wine and dine at one of the many restaurants and bars.
Follow the wine trail
Queenstown and neighbouring Central Otago make some of the best wine in New Zealand. Many local wineries have cellar door tasting, and some of the area’s best restaurants. Drop in for a tasting, a delicious meal, or a tour.
Queenstown is the home of bungy jumping, but the thrills don’t stop there. Have a go at canyon swinging, skydiving, whitewater rafting, or jet boating.
Peruse the markets
Forget supermarket queues and commercial malls, and make a morning of it at one of Queenstown’s markets. Find local produce, coffee, a bite to eat and gifts at the Remarkables Market (Saturday 9am-2pm from October 2nd). Check out the local arts and crafts talent at the Creative Queenstown Market (Saturday 9am-4.30pm).
On your bike
Plenty of keen cyclists and mountain bikers visit Queenstown purely for its bike tracks. There’s something for all skill (and enthusiasm) levels, so if you prefer to keep it cruisy try the Arrowtown Millenium Trail (less than 1hr), throw in some culture while you pedal the Kelvin Heights Sculptural Trail (around 1hr), or take on the Arrow River Bridges Trail (2-3 hours).
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