You’ll save bright lights and midnight dancing for another holiday, thank you very much. Sometimes a traveller needs to put their mobile on airplane mode and retreat into the mountains to have a nice float on a lake. Welcome to Queenstown, a South Island destination that is one part charm and two parts breath-taking views. That’s a recipe for a stellar holiday, if you hadn’t guessed.
With a backdrop as picturesque as the Southern Alps, Queenstown is something of a jewel. Are you in a romantic comedy, or is this really your holiday? Guess you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for meet-cute opportunities and find out. Stay at one of the best Queenstown boutique hotels, and the charm factor on your trip gets turned way up.
A City Fit for Royalty
When Mother Nature was planning her blueprints for this part of the world, she didn’t spare any expense. A sparkling lake protected by mountain peaks and landscape ripe for growing grapes. That landscape is also perfect for mashing those grapes…and then making award-winning wine to drink and get merry. Yep, Queenstown is right fantastic. After you wake up at one of the best boutique hotels in Queenstown, like Central Ridge Boutique Hotel or Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel, try out of these popular activities:
- Play on Lake Wakatipu: This is one of the purest lakes on the world. And we’re not just saying that: It’s science. There are lots of ways to enjoy the water, including fishing trips, waterskiing, and day cruises.
- Visit Bob’s Peak: Climb into the Skyline Gondola and say “To the top, please”. Just kidding, don’t say that. Just sit back and enjoy the steep ride to Bob’s Peak. Once you’re there, you can take killer pictures of the lake and city or ride a luge. When you’re ready to return to Queenstown, take the gondola back down, or be a show-off and paraglide back to the city.
- Tour the Odyssey Sensory Maze: If you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside a Lite Brite, wonder no more. This neon maze is full of trippy light, crazy black-light paint displays and fun with static and balloons.
Eat, Drink, and Embrace Your Inner Kiwi
There is more to the city than charming Queenstown boutique accommodation and outdoor adventures. You’ll also see a more refined side the city. You might be inspired to drink tea with your pinky in the air, or you might end up eating all the carbs at the Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar. Bundle up and have a drink at the Ice Bar or sip a cup of hot chocolate at Patagonia Chocolates.
Then, you’re ready to get serious about stuffing your face (or eating daintily, if you must). Make a stop at Fergburger, where you can sink your teeth into one of the best burgers on the planet. Add bacon, eggs and beetroot if you want to make it interesting. Queenstown is also a hotbed for Korean and Japanese eateries, so if you want to return to boutique hotels in Queenstown with a belly full of noodles, you’re in luck.
Book one of the best boutique Queenstown hotels on Wotif today and start bragging. A whirlwind adventure awaits!