Visiting Queenstown, New Zealand

We spent a week in Queenstown and can’t wait to come back and explore more of what Queenstown (and the rest of NZ) has to offer!

Here are our recommendations, but I am sure this will continue to get bigger the more times we explore this wonderful part of the world!

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Skiing in Queenstown

There is a good variety of skiing in Queenstown. Given this was our first trip over, we stuck to the usual two that most tourists go to… The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The reason being is that they are the two closest to Queenstown

To read more about skiing at The Remarkables & Coronet Peak, click here.

What to do in and around Queenstown

Queenstown City: The city itself is tiny! It feels like you’re in a European town, there are no high-rise buildings, there are small laneways and plenty of fire places (for the winter time!).  It is really such a beautiful city!

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thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

Lake Wakatipu: Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in New Zealand and is shaped like a lightning bolt! Even if you only have an hour or so free in Queenstown, it is worth wandering down the shore of the lake and taking in the beauty that surrounds you!

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

Shotover Jet: Now, most people when they visit Queenstown hear about the famous Shotover Jet. Well, we did it and it was awesome.  For heaps more info, photos and a short video, click here. This is simply something you must see when visiting Queenstown.

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Game Over: If you’re unlucky like us and have some pretty heavy rain, you will quickly discover there isn’t much going on in and around Queenstown in the rain… So, after asking a few of the local shop keepers what we can do, it was off to Game Over which is an indoor go karting place at the airport. They have a deal with the green taxis from the city centre to the go karting place for around $30 NZD. The actual Go Karting cost us around $39 NZD per person and for that, you get 14 laps. In case there was any hesitation, I, of course, came first, Luke (aka thewelltravelledrider) came second and Jenna (aka thewelltravelledwoman) came third (of three… but who’s counting?!).

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

It is a really fun course, with fast turns and a hill as well. It is a great way to kill a few hours in the rain.

Queenstown Gardens: If you have an hour or two free, then taking a walk through the Queenstown Gardens is worth the time. It’s situated right next to Queenstown and has plenty to offer, including disc golf! Yep, we weren’t sure either. It’s basically golf but using a frisbee instead.

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

thewelltravelledman queenstown new zealand

Quad Biking: If you like to have a bit of fun, we highly recommend quad biking!!! Click here to read our full review, photos and a short video and our recommended company!

Queenstown Skyline Gondola & Luge: Don’t underestimate how much fun the Luge will be!! Click here to read our full review, check out some photos and a short video. It is a must when you visit Queenstown!

Where to eat

For some recommendations on where we at in Queenstown, click here.

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 Where to stay

 For our recommendation on where to stay in Queenstown, click here. 
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Travelling around NZ?

To see our other posts on NZ, click here!

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Alternative accommodation

If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.

To see all of our Queenstown posts, click here.
 “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
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