36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

Dining in #Queenstown, visiting a winery, relaxing in neighboring towns and of course doing the #bungy all these happened in our 36 hours in #NewZealand adventure. Queenstown live up to its reputation as an #active town.


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Queenstown. The adventure capital of New Zealand, set amongst craggy mountains and alongside a deep blue lake. Whether you visit in summer or winter, there is always plenty to see and do. In winter it’s a ski town surrounded by New Zealand’s best ski fields, and in summer there is plenty of hiking and other outdoor activities to keep you entertained. We’ve compiled this 36 hour itinerary to take advantage of the wide range of things to do in the town and the surrounding area, no matter the season. Enjoy!

Queenstown, New Zealand

Friday pm

Queenstown has some amazing food offerings, and what better way to start your weekend in this fun town than with a fantastic meal. 

what better way to start your weekend in this fun town than with a fantastic meal

We love Flame Bar & Grill, a South African-style restaurant that specialises in meat. Meat, meat, meat. This restaurant is not recommended for vegetarians! We especially love their juicy ribs and they also serve amazing local wines – yum!

Saturday am

Head out of Queenstown to Arrowtown (only 20 minutes drive away) and grab breakfast at Provisions Cafe. Their sticky buns (brioche with cinnamon, currants, sliced almonds, and gooey caramel) are insanely delicious! This old gold mining town has many gorgeous buildings and a historic walk along the Arrow River where you can see cottages from the Chinese miners who lived in the town back in the 19th century.

Arrowtown in winter
Arrowtown is a 20-minute drive away

Saturday pm

For lunch, we recommend trying the ‘trust the chef’ menu at Amisfield Winery, halfway between Arrowtown and Queenstown (you can also do a wine tasting there). This menu has a number of courses that are designed to share and it’s always a nice surprise to see what local, seasonal ingredients are being cooked with that day. 

We love the architecture of the restaurant building too – those rustic beams and schist fireplaces…

It’s always a nice surprise to see what local, seasonal ingredients are being cooked with that day
Chard Farm Pinot Noir

Saturday evening

Fergburger, on Queenstown’s main street, is world famous in New Zealand for producing massive tasty burgers. The lines are huge and it might take you an hour to get your burger, but it’s worth it! Go and sit on the lakefront with your massive burger and marvel at the view. Could it get much better?

Fergburger, on Queenstown’s main street, is world famous in New Zealand for producing massive tasty burgers 

Queenstown has a number of bars, ranging from grungy backpacker haunts to upmarket cocktail lounges, take your pick! Because of the large population of international travellers in Queenstown, it seems like every day is a Saturday. So even if you’re not there during the weekend, chances are you’ll still be able to find a bar to head to.

Moke Lake

Sunday am

After breakfast at one of the many cafes in Queenstown (we recommend Joe’s Garage) drive up the lake for 45 minutes to Glenorchy, a picturesque town set among the mountains. There isn’t much to do there but the scenery is amazing! 

On the way back, stop in at Moke Lake, a hidden gem about 6 km off the main road. There’s a big camping ground there and is well worth a stop with a picnic lunch, and maybe a swim if you’re visiting in the summer.

There’s a big camping ground there and is well worth a stop with a picnic lunch
Moke Lake, near Queenstown

Sunday pm

You can’t leave Queenstown without getting your adrenaline pumped up, after all, this is the adventure capital of New Zealand. 

There’s a huge variety of things to do: jet boating, bungy jumping, paragliding, skydiving, and the list goes on! We’ve been jet boating (Shotover Jet) and bungy jumping (AJ Hackett at Kawarau Gorge) and fully recommend both.

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Bungy Jumping off the Kawarau Bridge

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 Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, Gibbston, Otago, New Zealand
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Finally, as you fly out of this beautiful part of New Zealand, survey the scene below you; pretty spectacular, huh?

View from the top

Do you have any suggestions of things to do in Queenstown?

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