Queenstown, New Zealand is by far one of my favorite places in the world. It is known as the adventure capital of the world and has endless opportunities for all sorts of travelers. Here is how to make the most out of your stay in this beautiful destination.
Where to go: Queenstown, New Zealand
How to get there: If coming from a Australia I’d recommend flying directly to Queenstown. If coming from anywhere further I’d recommend flying to Auckland first because it will be much cheaper and most flights have a layover in Auckland anyways. Once you arrive in Queenstown it is just a short drive to downtown from the airport. You can Uber or rent a car, we rented a car. Having a car is convenient and lets you do more exploring for cheaper but driving in New Zealand is probably much different than what you’re used to so be aware of that.
What to see: I stayed in two places while here but I would recommend just staying at this place. If you want a cheaper option there are also a bunch of hostels you can choose from which is where I would’ve stayed if I was traveling alone. Queenstown has so many unique restaurants to choose from but my favorite one was Bespoke Kitchen. There are also a ton of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well which I LOVED. I will post soon about all of the best vegan/vegetarian restaurants we found in New Zealand!
One of the most famous places to eat is Fergburger. We went to the park one night and everywhere we looked we saw people holding a Fergburger in their hand!
If you are an adventure seeker I would recommend doing the canyoning tour through Canyoning Queenstown and/or bungee jumping. The canyoning was incredible. You got to repel down the sides of the canyon, zipline, fall down waterfalls, and swim through refreshing, clean water. The guides were great and knew what they were doing. Bungee jumping is a very scary experience and if you are not a intense thrill seeker I would not recommend participating. It seemed very safe though and my sister had an amazing time!
On the weekends there is a market by the lake that has a ton of incredible art, jewelry, and food you can buy. I’d also recommend going out on the floating bar boat where you can purchase a drink and look out into the lake with the mountains as your backdrop.
While in Queenstown you need to go to Milford Sound. It is a couple hours away but it is worth it! You either can drive there if you rent a car or take a tour for the day. It is magnificent and some even say it is the 8th wonder of the world!
Queenstown is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world that I have been to…you can’t miss it!