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Queenstown Off the Beaten Path

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Queenstown is one of the worlds most beautiful places and a premiere destination for lovers of practically any outdoor activity imaginable.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Arrowtown Village

Beach & Pool Clubs

The Blue Door Arrowtown

Bars & Clubs, Wine Bars

Glenorchy

Destinations

Goldfields Mining Centre

Mines

Mount Aspiring National Park

National Parks

Rippled Earth Kayaking

Kayaking & Canoeing

The Spire Dining Room

Restaurants

Vesta Design Boutique

Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries, Coffee Shops

Chris O's City Tips

  • Whenever a Kiwi offers a suggestion on where to get the best coffee, take note! They take their cuppa extremely seriously.
  • Take care driving! Hairpin curves along mountain slopes with an abundance of breathtaking views can be a deadly combination.
  • Spend as much time outdoors as possible in this gorgeous patch of paradise.
  • Arrowtown Village
    Beach & Pool Clubs
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    Chris O Says:

    This living historical settlement along the Arrow River is an excellent destination for its beauty, charm, and a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's pioneering spirit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a scenic 4x4 vehicle drive to Macetown, a ghost town near Arrowtown that’s accessible only by an old wagon track.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Arrowtown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Paradise 13/10/2018
    • Love Arrowtown 12/10/2018
    • Arrowtown Village
    Address:
    Buckingham Street
    Arrowtown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 1824
    Other:
  • The Blue Door Arrowtown
    Bars & Clubs, Wine Bars
    Chris O Says:

    This Arrowtown bar is arguably the coolest watering hole in the whole of the Queenstown area, and is also one its best kept secrets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Despite its popularity with the locals, visitors are most certainly welcome. Grownup visitors anyway. The Blue Door has a strict no children policy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Nightlife in Arrowtown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Snug and Cosy 05/10/2018
    • Cosy wine bar 17/09/2018
    • The Blue Door Arrowtown
    Address:
    18 Buckingham Street
    Arrowtown 9302
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 0415
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Glenorchy
    Destinations
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    Chris O Says:

    Hiking trails — well worn and not so worn — offer stunning views and 'Middle Earth' magic, suitable for all levels of ability and interest. Less than an hour from downtown Queenstown is the picturesque Glenorchy, snuggly situated along the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For intrepid hikers, Glenorchy is near to the famous three to four day Routeburn Track, as well as the four to five day Rees and Dart Tracks.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Glenorchy
  • Goldfields Mining Centre
    Mines
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    Chris O Says:

    Pan for gold at this historic reserve set within the Kawarau Gorge, an area protected by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. Goldfields Mining Centre depicts the life and working conditions of the region's early goldminers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to take time to visit the center's fascinating Chinese Village.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Cromwell
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant discovery 12/10/2018
    • A Triple Treat! 27/09/2018
    • Goldfields Mining Centre
    Address:
    803 Kawarau Gorge Rd
    State Highway 6
    Cromwell 9310
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 800 111 038
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Other:
  • Mount Aspiring National Park
    National Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    This World Heritage Site yields views of Mother Nature at her scenic best. Take in the park's stunning beauty while enjoying a range of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and even skydiving.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The National Park is just under 2 hours' drive from Queenstown, along the State Highway 6.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Wanaka
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rob Roy Glacier 09/10/2018
    • Inspirational visit 09/07/2018
    • Mount Aspiring National Park
    Other:
  • Rippled Earth Kayaking
    Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Chris O Says:

    Within Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu, this highly regarded kayaking tour operator offers a variety of ways to take in the views of the Southern Alps while exploring its lovely mountain lakes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For trips with awesome extra features, consider Rippled Earth’s "Dinner on Sunset" excursion, or the "Paddle to Saddle" combo.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Glenorchy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Felt like heaven on earth - Wonderful experience! 08/10/2018
    • Breath of fresh air on the lake 28/09/2018
    • Rippled Earth Kayaking
    Address:
    21 Mull St Glenorchy
    Glenorchy
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 9904
    Other:
  • The Spire Dining Room
    Restaurants (Spanish)
    Chris O Says:

    This highly regarded and award-winning restaurant has a menu focused on the best regional and seasonal ingredients. The Spire Dining Room has one of the best wine lists in the whole of New Zealand, featuring both local favorites and the Southern Hemisphere’s most comprehensive collection of fine wines from Bordeaux. Dinner here, in the capable hands of Chef Ben Batterbury, could prove to be your best chance to experience what makes New Zealand lamb so delectable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Reservations are recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • NO 1 in dinning 10/08/2015
    • gorgeous tapas in Queenstown 18/08/2013
    • The Spire Dining Room
    Address:
    3-5 Church Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 0004
  • Vesta Design Boutique
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries, Coffee Shops
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    Chris O Says:

    This fun lakefront shop sells 100% Kiwi designs – from the cute and quirky to the highly sophisticated (or a uniquely Kiwi blend of both). Here you’ll find loads of gift and souvenir items, made by some of the country’s best up-and-coming and well established craftspeople and artisans.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Opening hours are 10am to 5:30pm daily.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 Museums in Queenstown
    • NZ made art items 13/09/2018
    • Great place, great service 13/09/2018
    • Vesta Design Boutique
    Address:
    19 Marine Parade
    Williams Cottage
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 5687
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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