Test out your driving skills around the hairpin bends of the Skyline Luge as you hurtle on a gravity fueled vehicle. It operates from 9 am to dusk, and tickets are available from the Skyline Gondola terminals. Truly thrilling and with a stunning view across Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, this will be a ride you will not forget.
Queenstown is the perfect destination for ramblers, boasting excellent walking tracks that range from the tough Ben Lomond Summit Track to the more laid-back Frankton Arm Walkway along Lake Wakatipu’s shoreline, where you can hike and be surrounded by New Zeland´s unspoiled nature. Guided Walks New Zealand:
Skyline Queenstown is an adventure for the whole family that is located only five minutes from the city centre. It is reached by Gondola cable-way that ends with a sweeping view of the city-centre and Lake Wakatipu, a restaurant, a playground for kids and the opportunity to bungee jump.
Located on a small peninsula on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu´s, Queenstown gardens is a focal point for visitors who appreciate the opportunity to relax in a well-kept garden with magnificent lake and mountain views. The garden is a perfect picnic spot and is easily to reach due to the proximity to the city centre.
If you feel the urge of escaping the city for a day trip, you can venture to Arrowtown, a former gold-rush town located 25 minutes from Queenstown. Nowadays, this picturesque town is home to a number of delightful heritage buildings as well as inviting cafés, restaurants, boutiques and galleries.
Winnies is a popular pizzeria that severs up delicious gourmet pizzas as well as tasty offerings from an à la carte menu. Its rustic interior features cosy booths, comfy sofas, a warm fire place and a sun drenched balcony, and hosts DJs and live music regularly, transforming the area in a dance-floor.
Boasting panoramic views of Queenstown skyline, Stratosfare is as much an experience as a delicious meal. Alongside the views, its ample selection of New Zealander delicacies compete for attention, offering a fine-dining experience of exceptional value.
Jervois Steak House is where to go to for a great selection of meat in all forms. Try their signature Prime Rib from a 150-day grain fed Black Angus, patiently roasted and prepared to perfection, or sample some "coq au vin" chicken. You won´t find yourself short of options.
With a history that, as the name reminds, dates back to the 1876, this restaurant is a landmark in Queenstown. It has a quaint, intimate outdoor seating area and serves great-quality pub food with options of seafood and New Zealand flavours. 1876 livens up at night, hosting DJs or live music on a regular basis.
Situated in the central Queenstown, Tanoshi is a teppan and sake bar who offers a fun and intimate dining experience. Besides serving traditional Japanese cuisine from the teppan grill the menu also have contemporary interpretations of Japanese classics including dishes like grilled scallops with wasbi mayo, crispy fried pork with smoked sauce and grilled potato cheese crepe. Sake, whiskey and Japanese cocktail are all on the menu too.
Craving for some Mexican food? Then head over to this food track called Taco Medic where all tacos are made with fresh, daily-pressed corn masa tortillas and are gluten-free. The tacos are filled with the freshest local seasonal produce and with fresh fish or quality meats. There are a few covered benches where you can enjoy your mouth-watering meal while mingling with the locals.
A vibrant breakfast spot located in the bustling heart of the city, Vudu is a well-established meeting point in Queenstown. The cafe is a favourite among both locals and tourists alike, gaining popularity thanks to its locally roasted coffee beans and a huge cabinet of cakes and pastries.
Pop inside this coffee shop with a fantastic reputation for serving fresh, tasty eats and arguably one of the best coffees in the Wakatipu. With mouth-watering options for breakfast and lunch including local wines, craft beers and locally roasted Octane coffee, you will for sure find something that will suit your taste.
Starbucks is Starbucks and that makes it everywhere in the world a great coffee spot. You can choose between different flavours and sizes or go for a lovely piece of cake, sandwich or smoothie. Make yourself comfortable in the café and write an e-mail back home – Wi-Fi is available.
At this modern and unique cafe, you can enjoy flavours and tastes from around the world from the multiple food stations. Everything from pizzas, curries to ice cream and crepes are served here. If you are craving for something sweet than dig in on the freshly made pastries, muffins, scones and cakes that are all made onsite by the knowledgeable pastry chefs.
With a large selection of fresh baking and cabinet food including breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, you will for sure find what you are looking for. Everything from coffee to cold press juice, salads, raw slices salads and homemade pies are offered on the menu. If the weather permits, enjoy your food in the courtyard with panoramic views over the Coronet peak and the Remarkables.
Located in the heart of Queenstown, Cup and Cake offers a large range of tasty flavours to ensure that every person can find their favourite cupcakes. The cupcakes are made with locally sourced ingredients and they are made with love and fresh each morning. There are only a few stools and tables here, mostly this is a place where to buy a cake to takeaway.
Set in the original farm stables, The Hole in One cafe is a great place where to relax after a day's sightseeing while enjoying some delicious muffins, cakes or pastries, which are all freshly baked onsite. With an extensive casual cafe-dining menu, they also cater food for the hungry guests.
When in Queenstown and if you are looking for health food then this is the place to head for. Rehab serves natural food cooked with local, seasonal produce including delicious smoothies that will detox your body. Just pop in, have a relaxing time, and enjoy food that is good for you and the planet.
Conveniently located in Kawarau Village, The Lake Counter is a modern cafe/grocery and deli that provides a wide variety of snacks and light meals as well as hot and cold beverages. Kick back, relax and grab yourself a perfect made espresso while watching the boats come in.
This hidden gem boasts a sunny sheltered terrace overlooking the Shotover River with never-ending views of Central Otago’s striking mountain ranges. At this fully licensed cafe, with an additional wine and food store you can get organic coffee, delicious cabinet food made in-house and an all-day menu.
A traditional English pub that attracts both tourists and locals alike, Pig And Whistle serves bangers and mash, pies or burgers, along with an ample selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. Live bands are hosted frequently, creating a lively atmosphere to mix and mingle.
One of Queenstown’s favourite premium bar with a bit of class, Barmuda is an ideal place for an early drink in the courtyard or a late night party and is definitely well worth finding. With an extensive cocktail menu and wine list, you will for sure find something that will suit your palate.
At the bottom of the Brecon St, you will find Harry's Pool Bar, home to seven pool tables, wide screen TVs, large open fire and a relaxing lounge area. From the menu you can order thin crust pizza as well as classics beers, wines and spirits. A great place to hang out with friends or why not mingle with the locals?
A popular entertainment destination, SKYCITY Queenstown Casino is not only for gambling, but also offers free live entertainment and an onsite bar and restaurant. With table games, including blackjack, roulette, midi baccarat and Caribbean stud poker, as well as 86 gaming machines; you will for sure spend some time here.
One of the best way to explore the vibrant nightlife in Queenstown is pub-crawling where you get the chance to party from bar to bar with a group of fun people. The staff are super friendly and free pizza and shots are included in the tour as well as discounted drinks.
Rhino's Ski Shack is Queenstown's Après Ski Bar that will transport you into the authentic European Après lifestyle but with a kiwi twist. With a tranquil atmosphere, this is a great place to unwind and socialize with friends whilst sipping on hot-mulled wine and eating hot pretzels.
Grab a pint and try something new at this craft beer house where the focus lies on creative beer and food flavours. Smiths are keen to offer beverages from brewers who go off the beaten path to create something new, so this is for sure a place for any craft beer enthusiast. They also have great wine selections including spirits to cater all preferences.
Relax in the casual and contemporary Stacks Pub in Kawarau Village, where you can relish delicious and great value for money cuisine or just pop in for a drink. With a rustic interior design and two outdoor terrace, one of which is covered, this pub is the perfect place to meet up with friends or watch a game on the big screen.
Situated on the water's edge in the heart of Queenstown, Little Blackwood seduces you with a pleasant cocktail menu, local beers and wines and if the hunger kicks in, cheese and meat boards as well as tapas style food are served. While you are enjoying your food and drink be amazed over the million-dollar view over Lake Wakatipu from the heated outdoor deck.
A New Zealand born clothing brand, Canterbury awaits its visitors with an interesting store in Queenstown. Located at O´Connels shopping Centre, the shop features a varied assortment of sportswear for men or women, as well as training essentials and kids clothing.
A paradise for lovers of sweets of all sort, The Remarkable Sweet Shop satisfies any cravings by producing original candies, mouth-watering nougat or delicious chocolate inspired by the Kiwi traditions in candy making, as well as the American, British and Australian ones.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Queenstown Airport, this modern, picturesque outdoor retail area provides an enjoyable and relaxed shopping experience with a wide variety of local, national and international stores, including medical centre and pharmacy. When the hunger kicks in, do not worry, there are restaurants and cafes here too.
A fashion institution in Queenstown since 1997, Angel Divine is a high-end designer store that boost national and international fashion labels. With an extensive background in fashion design, the owner Natalie Newlands and her team are more than happy to help you to find that perfect outfit to bring back home.
If you still looking for that perfect gift to bring back home right before leaving Queenstown! Do not worry; head over to Kapa Design Gallery at Queenstown International Airport. The store is displaying work from a large number of New Zealand artists, everything from beautiful jewellery to ceramics, prints, textiles, glassware, woodware and other artwork.
If cookies are your thing then you really, don´t want to miss this fun store with delicious hot cookies and cookie-inspired products, cookie drinks and ice cream. If you want to bring some cookies home as a gift, they have merchandise and packaged cookies in milk cartons, buckets, boxes and heart shaped tins. The cookie crackle bombs with popping candy is something you should try when here or why not try the cookie ice cream...yummy!
Come and browse local crafts and gifts or have a go on the tasty selection of local produce. The mellow vibes, the outstanding mountain views and the wide range of stalls are some of the reasons why visitors, families, friends and neighbours are attracted to this small but yet so charming market.
Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is located 9 km (6 miles) northeast of the city centre in the lakeside settlement of Frankton, and it is easily accessible by bus and taxi. Taxis,airport shuttles and buses are located outside the terminal building. Ritchies Connectabus provides a service between the airport and city centre every 20 minutes, and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. +64 3441 4471 www.connectabus.com You can also opt for a shared transfer with Super Shuttle Queenstown, that offers a door-to-door service. +64 3 442 3639 www.supershuttle.co.nz Alternatively you can choose to book a taxi online at: www.queenstowntaxis.com Car rental: www.avis.co.nz
All major activity and accommodation operators provide transport to and from the city centre but, to be more indipendent, you can chooce to hire a car from one of the many car rental companies that operate in town. Hertz +64 3 442 4106 www.hertz.com Queenstown Car Rentals +64 3 442 9220 www.queenstowncarrentals.co.nz Omega rental cars:
Post offices in Queenstown are run by NZ Post, providing several services throughout town. The offices can be found easily thanks to their red sign on the outside, with New Zealand Post written on. The main bus stop is located in downtown Queenstown, from where you will be able to buy stamps or mail letters.
Most pharmacies in Queenstown are open daily, providing an efficient service for seven days a week. They sell prescription and non-prescription medicines, and other products such as cosmetics and toiletries. Three pharmacies can be found within the city-centre. Unichem Wilkinsons Ballarat Street & Rees Street, Queenstown +64 3442 7313 Queenstown Pharmacy Corner Brecon and Isle Streets +64 3441 0590