If there’s one thing we love about Queenstown, it’s the distinct change in seasons. While we’re currently in the midst of snowfalls, frosty starts and après-ski, things will shift dramatically when spring approaches. Queenstown boasts four vastly different seasons, each one brings something unique to see, do and enjoy.
With so many activities to do in Queenstown, many visitors miss out on what’s going on outside Queenstown! Don't let the towering peaks and windy mountain roads put you off. Getting out of Queenstown for a day trip is not that difficult. Within a few hours, you could be at the beach, in a vineyard or exploring historic gold mining ruins.
There is already a buzz in the air. Ski season is here, and locals and visitors are hitting the slopes. If you’re planning a winter holiday to Queenstown, here’s what you need to know.
The most important thing to know about winter in Queenstown is that you don’t need to ski or snowboard to have fun. Queenstown’s famous activities like jet boating, wine touring, Skyline gondola and the TSS Earnslaw cruise all run throughout the winter season. So whether you love the white stuff or you are here to see snow for the first time, Queenstown is an unbeatable choice for your winter holiday destination.
The Queenstown Winter Festival is a highlight on both visitors and locals calendar. It is a time when everyone mixes together to celebrate the sort of official beginning of the ski season and all things winter. The festival runs for a week with loads of different activities and events - too many to make in one year. So here is our little local guide to the some of our favourite events.
They tell us breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, before you rush out the door and jump headfirst into all that Queenstown has to offer, take time to plan your first stop. Breakfast! If you’re heading out for a day of adventure and sightseeing you’re going to need as much sustenance as possible! Let us share some of our favourite spots for fuelling up.
Are you hanging out for the 2017 ski season as much as we are? Just can't wait.
There’s only one thing better than a movie at Dorothy Brown’s, and that’s a drink at the Blue Door beforehand. But for the first-time visitor to Arrowtown’s much-loved boutique cinema, the real challenge is knowing where to find these elusive venues.
Every day, an endless stream of domestic and international flights touches down at Queenstown International Airport. So, what do all those visitors do when they step off the plane and out of the airport? What are the transport options for getting around Queenstown?
It’s no surprise that Milford Sound is top of the to-do list for most visitors to the South Island. And while Doubtful Sound may not be as famous as Milford, it is on the wishlist for many intrepid travellers. So the question we are often asked is which one is best.
The simple answer is, they are both spectacular and it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed by your choice. But there are a few things you should know that might make the decision easier.