City Guide: Queenstown
Queenstown is an amazing spot in the south-west on the South Island of New Zealand. The resort town is located by Lake Wakatipu and amid the mountains (The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak). Due to its prime location it offers stunning views all around and is definitely worth a visit!
Moreover, it is known for its skiing and adventure tourism. There are plenty of offers from bungee jumping, to heli flights to the Milford Sound to speed boat tours, etc.
Queenstown was definitely one of my highlights during our New Zealand trip. After having travelled all over New Zealand, it was the perfect town to rewind and relax. Not only did our stay at the Eichardt’s Private Hotel make our stay a great experience, but most definitely the landscape itself.
Drive towards Queenstown via highway six
We drove to Queenstown from Invercargill in about three hours as we occasionally stopped to take pictures of the amazing landscape.
Like on most roads in New Zealand we barely ever passed any other cars on the way.
Queenstown town centre
The town centre in Queenstown isn’t very big and consists of a few small streets with a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes.
In comparison to other places we visited in New Zealand there was a comparatively high number of tourists in Queenstown. That is most likely due to its great location for both skiing and exploring the Milford Sound.
For our second day in Queenstown we decided to go for a hike up to Queenstown Hill. The 500 metre climb up was rather steep most of the times, but really rewarding in the end.
From the top of the mountain you’ve got a great 360 degree view. Walking up this 1.5 km path is a good alternative to the rather pricey gondolas you can take up to the mountains.
Queenstown Onsen Pools
Due to time constraint we couldn’t try out the Onsen Hot Pools ourselves, but I wanted to just briefly mention them anyways for anyone going to Queenstown in the future. One of the members of staff in the hotel recommended them to us. The pools are located on Arthurs Point and offer a variety of packages as well as a complimentary shuttle service. Especially the Candlelight Package looks stunning. What not to like about watching the stars, in a candle-lit hot pool with your significant other?
Queenstown – View from the airplane
Taking off in Queenstown is quite an amazing experience as you enjoy a beautiful view from the airplane if you’re lucky enough to have a window seat.
As the airport is located very centrally in Queenstown, you get the perfect view of the lake and mountains.
Our overall impressions of Queenstown
Personally I absolutely loved Queenstown. The secluded town amid mountains and near Wakatipu Lake made it a very cosy place to unwind. It was the perfect last stop of our New Zealand tour and I would definitely return. I probably wouldn’t really come here for skiing if you’re from Europe as there’s plenty of amazing skiing resorts there, but this is definitely a great place from which to explore the nature either by hiking or taking one of the boat trips. Next time we will also make our way to the Milford Sound!