Why: Queenstown is renowned as the adventure capital of New Zealand, offering a diverse range of thrilling activities such as bungee jumping, jet boating, and skiing. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps, Queenstown’s stunning scenery adds to its allure.
Day 1: Arrival and Lakeside Delights
Morning: Arrival and Breakfast at Vudu Café & Larder As you arrive in Queenstown, kick off your adventure with a delicious breakfast at ‘Vudu Café & Larder.’ Situated by Lake Wakatipu, this popular spot offers fresh, locally sourced dishes and excellent coffee. Take in the panoramic views of the Remarkables mountain range while planning your day.
Late Morning: Skyline Queenstown Head to ‘Skyline Queenstown’ for breathtaking views and adventure. Take the gondola to the top, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch at ‘Stratosfare Restaurant’ with stunning vistas. Afterward, experience the thrilling Luge rides or explore the walking trails.
Afternoon: Waterfront Stroll and Fergburger for Dinner Take a leisurely stroll along the Queenstown waterfront, enjoying the beauty of Lake Wakatipu. For dinner, indulge in the legendary ‘Fergburger,’ known for its gourmet burgers. The lines may be long, but the taste is worth the wait.
Day 2: Adrenaline-Pumping Adventure
Morning: Shotover Jet and Breakfast at The Boat Shed Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling ‘Shotover Jet’ ride through the Shotover River canyons. After the adventure, enjoy breakfast at ‘The Boat Shed Café,’ offering a relaxing atmosphere by the lake.
Afternoon: Queenstown Hill Hike and Lunch at The Bathhouse For a different perspective of Queenstown, embark on the Queenstown Hill hike. The trail rewards hikers with panoramic views of the town, lake, and mountains. Refuel with lunch at ‘The Bathhouse,’ a historic building offering lakeside dining.
Evening: Dinner at Sky High and Stargazing Dine at ‘Sky High Café and Bar’ for dinner, enjoying the sunset over Queenstown. Later in the evening, experience stargazing with ‘Skyline Stargazing,’ where you can marvel at the southern night sky with telescopes and expert guides.
Day 3: Scenic Beauty and Outdoor Fun
Morning: Milford Sound Day Trip with Real Journeys Embark on a day trip to Milford Sound with ‘Real Journeys.’ Marvel at the breathtaking fjords, waterfalls, and wildlife during a scenic cruise. A packed lunch is provided, ensuring you have energy for the adventure.
Afternoon: Return and Relax at Onsen Hot Pools After the Milford Sound adventure, return to Queenstown and unwind at the ‘Onsen Hot Pools.’ Nestled in the mountains, these private pools offer a serene and rejuvenating experience.
Evening: Gourmet Dining at Rata For a gourmet dining experience, head to ‘Rata,’ owned by celebrity chef Josh Emett. This restaurant showcases the best of New Zealand’s produce in a stylish setting, providing a perfect conclusion to your day.
Day 4: Outdoor Exploration and Farewell
Morning: Ben Lomond Track Hike and Breakfast at Joe’s Garage Embark on the Ben Lomond Track hike for panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. For breakfast, visit ‘Joe’s Garage,’ a popular café with a laid-back atmosphere.
Afternoon: TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm Experience the iconic TSS Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a delightful cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you can explore the farm, enjoy afternoon tea, and witness a sheep shearing demonstration.
Evening: Farewell Dinner at Botswana Butchery Conclude your Queenstown adventure with a farewell dinner at ‘Botswana Butchery.’ This restaurant offers a luxurious dining experience with a range of meats and local wines, creating the perfect ending to your memorable vacation.