I think Queenstown is one place where people of all age groups (bachelors, honeymooners, families) can have a ball and you will not hear anyone say they are bored. It can be visited in summer or winter, each season has its own charm. My blog is about things to do in summer.
Queenstown is the place for adrenaline junkies
It is the mecca of adventure activities and water sports (during summers). From bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon swing, parasailing, Paragliding and you just name it, the list goes on.It is a really small town, but you will be surprised at the crazy antics you can get up to here, you can literally bungee jump sitting on a bicycle. I tried the parasailing and the Shotover jet boat ride and it was amazing.
The Vineyards-Gibbston Valley and Cherry Farms
The area’s oldest winery, Gibbston Valley makes excellent Pinot noir (Red wine) and they also have a ‘cheesery‘. They have some amazing cheese to taste and dishes with cheese to relish. They also have wine tours of the impressive wine cave and wine tasting. In general the surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, so there are a lot of other vineyards one can visit and go to the wine tasting. We did a couple of them.
This place is also the cherry capital of New Zealand and you have to eat it to believe how delicious, sweet, big and succulent those cherries are! There are cherry picking tours or you can simply eat them, they are lip smacking!
Gondola and Luge
It is just a five minutes walk from central Queenstown. A scenic gondola ride will take you high above Queenstown where you can get breathtaking views of the Remarkable mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Once you are up , you have to try the luge.It is a three-wheeled cart with just a brake.It is a wheeled gravity ride that provides riders full control over their descent.You can race with fellow riders and choose a track based on the difficulty level.The views from this ride are simply stunning, you don’t know whether to keep your eyes on the track or the view.
Eating a Fergburger at Queenstown is mandatory,your trip cannot be complete without having one. The line that you see in the image is nothing!!! People are crazy for Ferburger, the cue could go upto a few kilometers and you have to wait for minimum 30-45 minutes at all times. The burgers are worth the hype and they just melt in your mouth. I would recommend trying one burger every day for one meal. They also have a bakery which is equally amazing. Try the gelato ice-cream or the deserts, everything here is mouth-watering and delicious.
Walk around the town
Queenstown, also know as a resort town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and you’ll experience a unique energy and atmosphere all year. The central town can be explored by foot. It has beautiful views to offer from every range of vision. This small town is always bustling with activities. There are a number of restaurants from fine-dining to Indian cuisine (the best Indian food I have had abroad) to street food. There are a lot of pubs and bars with live music. To walk around the town is an experience by itself during different times of the day.
If you do get a chance to visit Queenstown , take my word ,you will not be disappointed!I can’t wait to get myself there in winters already!!