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3 Days in Queenstown

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There is so much to do in Queenstown that you can easily get overwhelmed, but fear not! This three-day summer itinerary will give you a perfect mix of adventure, gourmet food, and relaxation.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Amisfield Winery & Bistro

Restaurants

Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa

Spas

Rata

Restaurants

Day 2

Queenstown Rafting

Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing

Fergburger

Restaurants

Queenstown Garden

Gardens

The Naughty Penguin

Bars & Clubs

Day 3

Mt Crichton Loop Track

Hiking Trails

Skyline Queenstown

Game & Entertainment Centres

Botswana Butchery

Restaurants

The Bunker

Restaurants

Monica U's City Tips

  • New Zealanders are very friendly people and happy to talk to strangers, so strike up a conversation.
  • The best way to experience Downtown Queenstown is on foot. The town is only half a mile long.
  • Tipping is not customary in New Zealand so don't feel obliged to leave a tip at the counter.
    Day 1
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    AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • It's very daunting to step onto the edge, so when you hear the countdown to one, just jump!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 143 Outdoor Activities in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Review of Kawarau bridge jump 14/12/2017
    • nevis bungy and swing 14/12/2017
    • AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
    Address:
    Top of Bob's Peak
    Corner of Camp & Shotover Street, Central Queenstown
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-450 1300
    Other:
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    Amisfield Winery & Bistro
    Restaurants (European, New Zealand)
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If are looking for the perfect gift, you can buy a gift voucher here.
    • If you are "sold" by the quality of the wines, consider joining the Amisfield wine club. You'll get a gift voucher and great discounts.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 204 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mindblowing 15/12/2017
    • Excellent Pairing - Impeccabile Service 14/12/2017
    • Amisfield Winery & Bistro
    Address:
    10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road
    Rd 1
    Queenstown 9351
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 0556
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$84
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa
    Spas
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you get there after dark, you will be rewarded with a view of the awe-inspiring starry sky in the middle of the mountains.
    • The premises are not licensed, so no alcohol is allowed on the sun deck.
    • This is especially nice if you are still shaking with adrenaline from bungee jumping this morning.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 21 Spas & Wellness in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pure Relaxation 09/12/2017
    • Pure happiness & relaxation 06/12/2017
    • Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa
    Address:
    160 Arthurs Point Road
    Arthurs Point
    Queenstown 9371
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 5707
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Rata
    Restaurants (European, New Zealand, Contemporary)
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The "Feast Menu" comes with a starter, entrée, main, and dessert, which is highly recommended.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 204 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just ok 15/12/2017
    • Great meal, awesome ambiance 13/12/2017
    • Rata
    Address:
    43 Ballarat Street
    43 Ballarat St
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 9393
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Queenstown Rafting
    Kayaking & Canoeing, River Rafting & Tubing
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is best to hire a half-day trip. Tour operators will pick you up at your hotel, and the trip typically includes a hot shower and sauna at the end.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 43 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome!! 28/11/2017
    • Sensational. 5 Star 24/11/2017
    • Queenstown Rafting
    Address:
    35 Shotover Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +(64)442 9792
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Fergburger
    Restaurants (American, Fast food, New Zealand)
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    Monica U Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the onion rings with aioli sauce to complement your burger.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 204 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty! 16/12/2017
    • Always good 15/12/2017
    • Fergburger
    Address:
    42 Shotover Street
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 1232
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 05:00
    Other:
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    Queenstown Garden
    Gardens
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It can get a bit chilly, even in the summer, so make sure you bring a jacket.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 125 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good Walking 14/12/2017
    • A wonderful, cool place to walk, with shade. 13/12/2017
    • Queenstown Garden
    Address:
    Next to Marine Parade
    Queenstown
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 4100
    Other:
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    The Naughty Penguin
    Bars & Clubs
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • My favorite cocktail was the "Clown of Paloma."
    • This place has a great selection of late-night snacks.
    • The gourmet pizzas are great.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Queenstown
    • Great Cocktails and even better staff and clients! 19/02/2016
    • No more Naughty Penguin 26/04/2015
    • The Naughty Penguin
    Address:
    Cow Lane
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 8454
  • Day 3
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    Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Hiking Trails
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    Monica U Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The track might get a little wet so bring a towel and plenty of water.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 125 things to do in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So interesting 06/12/2017
    • Easy Walk through the woods 24/11/2017
    • Mt Crichton Loop Track
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 7935
    Other:
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    Skyline Queenstown
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • You can get a family pass that includes two adults and up to three children.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 Fun & Games in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • sky line gondola 16/12/2017
    • Expensive fun 15/12/2017
    • Skyline Queenstown
    Address:
    Brecon St
    Queenstown 9348
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 0101
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Botswana Butchery
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary)
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    Monica U Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • They have the best macaroni and cheese (side dish) I've ever tasted outside of the USA!
    • This can be a special treat on your last day in town!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 204 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shared Nz Lamb for 2 16/12/2017
    • Recommend 12/12/2017
    • Botswana Butchery
    Address:
    Archers Cottage 17 Marine Parade
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-442 6994
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$105
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    The Bunker
    Restaurants (European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary)
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    Monica U Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They have a fantastic selection of Martinis so you can definitely feel like the James Bond of Queenstown.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 204 restaurants in Queenstown
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food 14/12/2017
    • Delicious funky 12/12/2017
    • The Bunker
    Address:
    14 Cow Lane
    Queenstown
    Queenstown 9300
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 3-441 8030
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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