Queenstown was by far one of my favourite places that I visited in the south island of New Zealand. It is a destination that has it all, from incredible mountain ranges, stunning lakes and a great overall vibe. Here are my top 7 recommendations for things to see and do in this happening New Zealand city.
1. Enjoy the incredible views. Queenstown is an incredible city, set amongst a breathtaking backdrop of mountains. One of the best ways to take in Queenstown from on high is to jump in a Skyline gondola. The short, steep, bouncy ride takes you to the top of Bob’s Peak where you can enjoy the sprawling views.
2. Have a Fergburger. No trip to Queenstown would be complete without a famous Furgburger. Having had one myself, I can see why they are so popular. In fact, more often than not, there is a massive queue to get one (it’s well worth the wait). I had the tofu burger a couple of times during my time in Queenstown – everything from the bun to the fillings and sauces made it utterly delicious. Fergburger definitely deserves the hype – you must try one!
3. Have something sweet from the Ferg Bakery. Right next to Fergburger is the Ferg Bakery. Not only is it where the bread buns for the burgers are freshly made, but also a selection of pastries, cakes and doughnuts. During my time in Queenstown, we got into a bit of a routine of getting a Furgburger for dinner and getting something for the bakery for dessert (healthy I know!).
4. Get the adrenaline pumping. One of the main things that attract people to Queenstown from far and wide are the adrenaline-fueled activities that the city has to offer, from jetboats to bungee jumps and skydives – there’s plenty of fun things to do.
5. See some Kiwis. Go to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, to see some Kiwis during feeding time. This was the only time that I saw a Kiwi during my trip to New Zealand. As they are nocturnal animals, they are kept in dark hutches, so it can be quite hard to spot them. However, it was a novelty to see one – they are very cute and what’s more is that the entry fee goes towards their conservation.
6. Take a Hike. As Queenstown is such an incredibly majestic location, there is no shortage of fantastic hikes to enjoy. Hiking up to the top of Bob’s Peak is a popular option.
7. Go on an excursion. There are some lovely destinations just outside of Queenstown that are well worth checking out, including Glenorchy and Arrowtown. Glenorchy is just a 45-minute drive from Queenstown and is a stunning location – as such, it was featured in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Arrowtown is 25 minutes from Queenstown and quaint former mining town. It’s popular with tourists and there are many boutique shops and restaurants.
Overall, I would highly recommend checking out Queenstown for yourself – I can’t wait to return one day.