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Queenstown and Surrounds

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Queenstown is normally described as an adventure capital, however there is a lot more to see and do other than jump off a bridge or out of a plane. Queenstown and the surrounding area has a wealth of experiences that most people will enjoy.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

19 Places

4 City Tips

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19 Places

Day 1

Koko Black

Restaurants

Public Kitchen & Bar

Restaurants

Botswana Butchery

Restaurants

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Hotels

Queenstown Garden

Gardens

Pier 19

Restaurants

Gantleys Restaurant

Restaurants

Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection

Hotels

Coyote Grill

Restaurants

Skyline Queenstown

Game & Entertainment Centres

Queenstown Hill

Hiking Trails

Ben Lomond Track

Hiking Trails

Mt Crichton Loop Track

Hiking Trails

Day 2

Appellation Wine Tours

Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings

Sunshine Bay Walk

Hiking Trails

Jervois Steak House Queenstown

Restaurants

Day 3

No5 Church Lane

Restaurants

Queenstown Trail

Biking Trails, Hiking Trails

Finz Seafood and Grill Queenstown

Restaurants

foodie62Sydney's City Tips

  • Hills, hills and more hills. Carefully check where your accommodation is located if you do not like to walk up and down steep hills. There are lots of places on the flat area and even more up the hills. Just remember everything feeds DOWN towards the lake.
  • Queenstown residents are justifiably proud of their town and like to keep it clean and neat. Throwing trash down on the road is not a good thing.
  • There are plenty of walks of different levels from easy to flipping hard but all offer stunning scenery.
  • The Connectabus runs from the centre of town to the outer areas. There is always information available at the Visitor Information booth as well at the main bus stop in the town.
    Day 1
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    Koko Black
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    If you want a good chocolate fix Koko Black will fit the bill. The upstairs is a coffee, hot chocolate café with lots of things to appease a sweet tooth. Staff are very helpful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The chocolate is very rich so always remember you can come back and try some more.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Chocolate Heaven 18/01/2016
    • divine..to bad it shut down 06/01/2016
    • Koko Black
    Address:
    29 Rees Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-409 2055
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Other:
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    Public Kitchen & Bar
    Restaurants (New Zealand)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This is a spot for a cold beer, glass of wine and some tapas on a sunny afternoon / evening. Right on the lake and they provide blankets if you get chilly.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go for the tapas and try a couple of items.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food at a great price 18/09/2018
    • nice food 16/09/2018
    • Public Kitchen & Bar
    Address:
    Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf
    Beach Street
    Queenstown 9348
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 5969
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Botswana Butchery
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    Botswana is excellent. The staff is very helpful and the wine list and super. The tables are not too close together so you can have an intimate meal and it is not noisy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Make a reservation! Don't be disappointed if you can't get in on your first choice. Have a couple of times in mine. They also do lunch but dinner is special.
    • Dress code is smart casual but don't be surprised to see people really dressed up and other not so smart. Everyone is there for the good
    • Portion size is generous so be aware of that when ordering, entrée and mains.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food and service 22/09/2018
    • Amazing food! 22/09/2018
    • Botswana Butchery
    Address:
    Archers Cottage 17 Marine Parade
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6994
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
    Hotels
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This hotel is so comfortable. The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms are good size. Perfect location as it is in town and not up a steep hill.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Remember you have to pay for parking. Parking is a premium in the town.
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 59 Hotels in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved this hotel. Perfect. 19/09/2018
    • Above and beyond 16/09/2018
    • Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
    Address:
    8 Duke St
    PO Box 1797
    Queenstown 9297
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    011 64 3-668 5734
    Other:
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    Queenstown Garden
    Gardens
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    The gardens are lovely and a perfect place to take in the scenery around the town. Nice and quiet and an excellent walk around the lake. There are beautiful trees and plants and also a "Disc Golf" course which is really fun!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes, mainly so you can enjoy the walks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • pretty view, not bloomed yet 21/09/2018
    • Surprise Attraction 20/09/2018
    • Queenstown Garden
    Address:
    Next to Marine Parade
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4100
    Other:
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    Pier 19
    Restaurants (International)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    The restaurant has the perfect view of the lake at sunset. It also has a seasonal menu which is good and they use a lot of the local produce.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • If it is a nice evening - eat outside.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Beautiful scenery and friendly staff 28/08/2018
    • The Price of Change 14/02/2018
    • Pier 19
    Address:
    Lower Level, Steamer Wharf
    88 Beach Street
    Queenstown 9197
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4006
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Gantleys Restaurant
    Restaurants (Contemporary)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    Gantleys has one of the most beautiful buildings in Queenstown area. The restaurant is quiet and staff very helpful Great wine list.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are staying in town check if Gantleys still has the taxi arrangement.
    • Smart casual.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Restaurant 15/05/2018
    • A good experience 28/04/2018
    • Gantleys Restaurant
    Address:
    172 Arthurs Point Road
    Queenstown 9371
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    442 8999
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection
    Hotels
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    Lovely hotel and great view from the lakeside rooms. Very helpful staff.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is up a hill so be aware of that.
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 59 Hotels in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great hotel, but splash out on upgrade from “driveview” rooms if you can 23/09/2018
    • A great place to enhance your Queenstown adventure 21/09/2018
    • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection
    Address:
    10-18 Brunswick Street
    Queenstown 9197
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    011 64 3-668 7276
    Other:
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    Coyote Grill
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    Excellent quick meal and a good family restaurant. Southwest USA food I think. Tasted fresh and service was prompt.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    • Yum !!!! 18/09/2018
    • Perfect.. 14/09/2018
    • Coyote Grill
    Address:
    Suite 1 66 Shotover Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 8562
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:30 AM
    Other:
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    Skyline Queenstown
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This is a must do! You don't get a better view of Queenstown - other than from a balloon - than this.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pick a sunny day.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Fun & Games in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really fun experience. 22/09/2018
    • Awesome! 22/09/2018
    • Skyline Queenstown
    Address:
    Brecon St
    Queenstown 9348
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 0101
    Price range:
    US$56 - US$56
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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    Queenstown Hill
    Hiking Trails
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    A hike or tramp that is well worth the time. Beautiful views of the mountains and valley and some great pictures to be taken on the walk.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Comfortable shoes! Preferably water proof,
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic views 23/09/2018
    • Nice hike, great views 17/09/2018
    • Queenstown Hill
    Address:
    Belfast Street
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Other:
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    Ben Lomond Track
    Hiking Trails
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This is best in the summer and you can have some great views of the surrounding area. It is not real difficult but it does require some strength

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Use the gondola to get to the peak and then walk from there
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exciting Views With A Nice Climb 14/08/2018
    • Tough winter Hike 20/07/2018
    • Ben Lomond Track
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7935
    Other:
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    Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Hiking Trails
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This is a beautiful track and some stunning scenery. Not too difficult though.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A hidden gem 23/09/2018
    • Very enjoyable walk 07/08/2018
    • Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7935
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Appellation Wine Tours
    Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    One of the best wine tours we have ever been on. The guides are knowledgeable and very friendly and the groups we have been on (twice) have been small so it is very intimate.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If there is a particular winery that you are interested in, tell them when you book and if it is possible they will include it on the tour if it is not already on the list .
    • Try to make it to Chard Farm - for the trip up the road if nothing else! The wine is excellent but that road! .....
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 Food & Drink in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gavin the Greatest!! 21/09/2018
    • Gourmet Wine Tour 16/09/2018
    • Appellation Wine Tours
    Address:
    3 Brookes Road
    Frankton
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6920
    Price range:
    US$71 - US$71
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Sunshine Bay Walk
    Hiking Trails
    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This walk is fairly level and easy but gives you a good selection of native trees and plants as well as a great view of the lake

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Good walking shoes.
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    • Easy and pretty walk! 17/07/2018
    • Enjoyable walk 23/04/2018
    • Sunshine Bay Walk
    Address:
    Glenorchy Road
    Sunshine Bay
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7935
    Other:
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    Jervois Steak House Queenstown
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, New Zealand)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    The name says it all - Steak House - one of the best steak houses in the area. Good service and excellent wine list.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Smart casual dress code. Make a booking and ask if there are any large groups coming in that evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great steak 22/09/2018
    • Overpriced 18/09/2018
    • Jervois Steak House Queenstown
    Address:
    Queenstown Queenstown New Zealand 8 Kent Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6263
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    No5 Church Lane
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, New Zealand)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    No. 5 has one of the best breakfasts in town. The tapas at dinner is also excellent if you don't want a big meal. Staff are very helpful and can make suggestions for the choices available.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Smart casual. If you like to people watch - sit outside - it is a hoot.
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    • Menu seems confused 21/09/2018
    • Great food great atmosphere 20/09/2018
    • No5 Church Lane
    Address:
    3-5 Church Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-450 2166
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Queenstown Trail
    Biking Trails, Hiking Trails
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    This is a cycle trail and I must admit I have not done this - but friends have and certainly raved about the trail. They said it was beautiful, challenging and great fun.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • You can rent bikes in town and they will give you maps etc. for the trail.
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 136 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy walking trail with nice lake and mountain views. 15/09/2018
    • Nice views 15/09/2018
    • Queenstown Trail
    Address:
    Queenstown area
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7536
    Other:
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    Finz Seafood and Grill Queenstown
    Restaurants (Seafood, New Zealand)
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    foodie62Sydney Says:

    Finz has excellent fish dishes and a good selection of NZ wines to match. Service is good. Be aware that the tables are fairly close together but it is not very noisy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make a reservation!
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 214 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food! Great views! 21/09/2018
    • Magic 21/09/2018
    • Finz Seafood and Grill Queenstown
    Address:
    Beach St
    Steamer Wharf
    Queenstown 9197
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7405
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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