About Monica U
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Jan 2014
35-49 year old female
Globetrotter, foodie and lover of good festivals, digital marketing and writing. I have visited more than 80 cities around the world but have called Sydney home for the last 10 years. Previously , I lived in Cancun, Mexico and Playa del Carmen for 5 years and learnt to scuba dive. Having a partner that skies, Queenstown is one of our favourite destinations both in winter and in summer, and just a little "jump" from Sydney. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to cook a meal and share it among friends.
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing
Bars & Clubs
Game & Entertainment Centres
According to popular psychology, one way to overcome your fears is to face them, and what better opportunity than to jump 43 meters from one of the highest bridges in New Zealand, Kawarau Bridge, held by little more than a piece of rope attached to your ankles? C'mon, I dare you! After all 650,000 people can't be wrong.
It's time for some wine tasting and superb food at Amisfield Winery. Located on the shores of Lake Hayes, Amisfield, it is one of the largest vineyard estates in the Central Otago region, with an impressive 2,000 hectare property. I fell in love with the beautiful surroundings and the 14-day house-aged ribeye, paired with the 2010 Pinot Noir remains one of the best culinary experiences I've ever had.
A relaxing trip to the Onsen Hot Pools will leave your body and soul renewed. Each pool room is made of cedar wood and fits up to four people. The most amazing feature is the ability to open the roof and walls with the touch of a button and be mesmerized by fantastic views of the Shotover River Canyon.
To finalize an amazing day, head down to Rata. Chef Josh Emett has created a wonderful dining experience using not only New Zealand ingredients, but also local wood and stones to complement the industrial looking décor. The food is delicious and inspiring, from the 'Padron Peppers' to the venison — this place has won my heart.
White river rafting is a must-do tour during the summer in Queenstown. For beginners, it is best to head to the Kawarau River (grades 1-2), but if you want an unforgettable white river adventure (grades 3-5) , Shootover River is your place. On the way there you can stop at Skipper's Canyon.
You can't possibly leave Queenstown without trying the 'Best Burgers in all New Zealand.' Fergburger started back in 2001 and since then, they have provided the people of New Zealand, and thousands of yearly visitors, with love and a burger for every taste. So whether you like lamb, halloumi, chicken, cajun, beef, bacon, pork, fish, or falafel, Fergburger will have one for you!
The Botanical Gardens are an inspiration for the soul. They are located just a short walk from the city center and you can do as little or as much as you wish. If you want some activity, you could try tennis, lawn bowls, skating, disc golf, or ice skating. If you just want to relax, simply take a stroll through the magnificent gardens and enjoy the native trees, flowers, and birds.
It's cocktail time! And if you fancy yourself as a cocktail connoisseur, you should not miss The Naughty Penguin. Located in a hole in the wall location on Cow's Lane, this bar serves classic cocktails with an inventive twist and they are incredible! The atmosphere is intimate yet sophisticated — so stay for a bite to eat as well.
Start your last day with an invigorating three-hour walk at the Mt Crichton Loop Track. It requires a moderate level of fitness as some parts can be a bit steep but the scenery is great. You will get some fantastic views of Lake Dispute, discover a waterfall, and lose yourself in the middle of some enchanting forest before you reach an old mining hut from the 19th Century. Finish your journey by going down the rabbit hole!
The Skyline is one of those 'must-do' tourist destinations that is worth your time and money. The views over Lake Wakatipu are spectacular, it's fun for the whole family, and there are plenty of photo opportunities once you reach the top (450 meters above the ground). This is a great spot to watch bungy jumping and paragliding, or to just relax with a cocktail and enjoy the incredible views.
Indulge in one of the best and most decadent restaurants in town. The food is sensational, whether you try the 'Butcher's Block' choice of meats grilled to perfection or any of the fresh seafood daily catches. The views over Lake Wakatipu are spectacular. Oh yes, before you ask, leave room for desert!
Head down to Cow Lane and push that rusty old wooden door that will lead you to a secret passage and into The Bunker. My tip? Skip the restaurant and go upstairs to the intimate cocktail bar where your bartender will make you any drink your heart desires.