Queenstown Local Guide & Tips

Written by Queenstown Local Experts! Read articles about and the best things to do and visit in Queenstown during your stay.

A Taste of Queenstown Wine

A Taste of Queenstown Wine

Our guide to Queenstown Wineries. Queenstown loudly and proudly flies its 'adventure capital' banner high but there is another, somewhat more laid-back, world-class ...
Editorial
Queenstown For Kids

Queenstown For Kids

Away from the adrenaline, what does Queenstown offer for young families? Parents shouldn't be put off by the high-octane persona of the town which can, at times, see...
Family Fun
Wanaka In The Wet

Wanaka In The Wet

So you’ve made it to Wanaka, but the weather hasn’t got the memo, and it isn’t as sunny as you might like. Don’t despair - while Wanaka is renowned for its scener...
Family Fun Inspiration
Exploring Milford Sound by Bus, Boat & Plane

Exploring Milford Sound by Bus, Boat & Plane

I’ve travelled overseas many times but somehow never got around to visiting Fiordland - particularly Milford Sound - despite repeatedly hearing rave reviews about its s...
Adventure Inspiration
Doubtful Sound Cruise

Doubtful Sound Cruise

If you’ve dreamed of seeing one of the world’s forgotten treasures, where breathtaking cliffs meet expansive wilderness and far-reaching mountains, a Doubtful Sound c...
Adventure Inspiration
Relaxing In The Best Queenstown Spas

Relaxing In The Best Queenstown Spas

No holiday is complete without some deep relaxation at a luxurious day spa. Whether you crave a buff and polish, a rejuvenating massage, nourishing facial or a quick wax,...
Inspiration
Flying high in Queenstown

Flying high in Queenstown

A guide to paragliding and hang gliding in the adventure capital of New Zealand. Queenstown has also established itself as a veritable mecca for one of the most rewa...
Adventure
White Water Rafting In Queenstown

White Water Rafting In Queenstown

Navigating the rapids in New Zealand's capital of adventure. White water rafting, an activity which makes repeated appearances on bucket-lists the world over, isn't ...
Adventure
Walking In Wanaka

Walking In Wanaka

There is no better way to explore some of the magnificent vistas Wanaka has to offer than on foot with some of the local walks....
Inspiration
The Best Craft Beer In Queenstown

The Best Craft Beer In Queenstown

Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand is everywhere, you just have to know where to look. Here’s your guide to the best local drops and the coolest pubs to find them....
Food and Drink
Skydiving in Queenstown

Skydiving in Queenstown

Skydiving in the bona fide Adventure Capital of the World is a bucket-list topper if there ever was one. Just imagine it: The serrated peaks of the mighty Remarkable...
Adventure Inspiration
Winter Games NZ Comes To Queenstown

Winter Games NZ Comes To Queenstown

We look at the ins and outs of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. At the height of the ski season and in the midst of the soaring, snow-mantled summits of New Zealand...
Adventure Editorial
Top 5 Wanaka Activities

Top 5 Wanaka Activities

A guide to the top five things to do in Wanaka, New Zealand's thrilling adventure playground. ...
Adventure
Top 7 Bungy Jumps in New Zealand

Top 7 Bungy Jumps in New Zealand

Conquering the bungy in the land where it all began. We’ve put together a selection of tNew Zealand's seven best bungy spots, ranging from definitive descents thro...
Adventure
Family Fun At The Queenstown Gondola

Family Fun At The Queenstown Gondola

Dramatic views, bikes, hikes and cultural shows high above Queenstown. For nearly 50 years the iconic Queenstown Gondola has soared more than 400 metres above Queens...
Family Fun
Queenstown Air Activities

Queenstown Air Activities

Free as a bird adventures in Queenstown, New Zealand. Whatever your intention, as long as it involves getting airborne, Queenstown can deliver in spades....
Adventure
The Queenstown Bike Festival

The Queenstown Bike Festival

Queenstown is one of the world’s prime biking destinations, mentioned in the same breath as France’s Alpine Morzine and Canada’s dramatic Whistler resort, home to l...
Adventure
Adventure Activities in Queenstown

Adventure Activities in Queenstown

Marko and Alex spend their first week in New Zealand falling from planes, hanging from ropes, zipping through gorges and soaking up the scenery......
Adventure
A Guide to Queenstown Golf

A Guide to Queenstown Golf

Swing your way through Queenstown's epic golf courses. Queenstown provides some of the best places to hit a golf ball in the Southern Hemisphere. Indeed, Queenstown?...
Inspiration
Quirky Queenstown

Quirky Queenstown

A guide to the quirker side of things to do in Queenstown. Scratch beneath the surface, however, and you will find subcultures, arts, quirky cafes and creative residents ...
Arts and Culture
Snowboarding In Queenstown

Snowboarding In Queenstown

A Snowboarders Guide To Queenstown and Wanaka. A combination of premier events, festivals, nightlife, world-class competitions, ski fields, snow parks, and ample opp...
Adventure
Ziplining in Queenstown

Ziplining in Queenstown

Eco-Tourism Adventure With Ziptrek Ecotours. When it comes to eco-tourism and dventure, how do the two concepts work alongside each other? Well, the answer turns out to b...
Adventure
Going For Gold

Going For Gold

On the Gold Mine Trail in Central Otago. We have put together our own “gold trail” linking the significant features of this fascinating heritage. Each aspect can...
Arts and Culture
Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Every year the changing of the seasons in Arrowtown is heralded, and celebrated, by the Arrowtown Autumn Festival. This historic gold mining town comes alive at the time ...
Family Fun
Gibbston Wine and Food Festival

Gibbston Wine and Food Festival

The Gibbston Wine and Food Festival marks the end of the Central Otago winemakers’ grape harvest - 6,000 tonnes of grapes to be precise....
Food and Drink
Biking Activities in Queenstown

Biking Activities in Queenstown

A guide to the most fun you can have on two wheels in Queenstown.  If the shimmering lakes and jagged peaks aren't enough of a drawcard for bikers the diverse array ...
Adventure
Queenstown to Milford Sound Drive

Queenstown to Milford Sound Drive

Milford Sound is one of the highlights of any visit to Fiordland National Park. This part of New Zealand is devastatingly beautiful, with so many visual delights eve...
Adventure Editorial Inspiration
Milford or Doubtful Sound?

Milford or Doubtful Sound?

How to choose between two areas of such natural beauty? Milford Sound receives over half a million visitors each year, but what about its lesser-known neighbour Doub...
Inspiration
Follow Your Nose, Not Someone Else's

Follow Your Nose, Not Someone Else's

Campervan living tips for longer term travelling in New Zealand. My husband and I wanted to see it all while we spent a year in New Zealand, and after some research ...
Adventure