We asked some of our favourite bloggers, Derek and Emma from the adventure & lifestyle Blog The adventure is calling, to tell us what their ultimate adventure day in Queenstown would be,where they like to go for a bite to eat and what their dream travel destination is.
Read on for some Juicy Insider tips……
Derek & Emma,The adventure is calling
We are Derek and Emma of The adventure is Calling, an adventure travel blog showcasing unforgettable travel experiences and unique types of accommodation – both in New Zealand and internationally.
We are a South African / Australian-born couple living in Queenstown and have collectively travelled to 33 countries. During the week, we both work as professionals in the tourism industry and spend our weekends getting out and exploring our local region. With so many amazing things to see and do in Queenstown, there is always an adventure to be had.
Photography is the glue that pulls it all together, allowing us the opportunity to share our adventures. We think we have an unconventional eye, always seeking to uniquely capture the moment in a way we hope will inspire others.
How many times have you been to Queenstown? What is it that makes you return?
We had both travelled to Queenstown twice before falling in love with the region and deciding to move here – and since then we have never looked back!
Describe your perfect day in Queenstown.
Our perfect day in Queenstown would start by walking from our house down along the lake to enjoy coffee and brunch at the Boat Shed Cafe while overlooking the picturesque Lake Wakatipu and Remarkables.
Next, we’d head up to Coronet Peak to go Paragliding or Hang gliding – one of the most exciting things to do in Queenstown! After the adrenalin rush, we’d head to Onsen Hotpools to relax and unwind while looking out over the spectacular view of the Shotover River.
After our hot pool experience, we would freshen up and visit our favourite restaurant Madam Woo. Serving authentic Malaysian Hawker food, their meals and cocktails never disappoint.
Queenstown comes to life in the evening, so after dinner, we might end up at one of the great local events being held or cosying up and watching a movie at the Cinema.
Queenstown on a budget? How would you spend the day without breaking the bank?
We’d start the day with a walk up Queenstown Hill for some of the best views and photo opportunities in town. Then we’d grab lunch and a coffee from Bespoke Kitchen. After that, we’d head down to the lakefront to sit in the sunshine and even go kayaking or paddleboarding on Lake Wakatipu.
We’d then head out for dinner at one of the many great restaurants listed on First table – you need to book this in advance, though!
What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Queenstown?
That would have to be paragliding. Derek can fly solo so I love going to watch him and take photos. Occasionally I am lucky enough to join him by flying tandem beside him in the sky – such an awesome experience!
Where’s your go-to spot for a quick bite to eat on the go?
Erik's fish and chips!.
If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph & write, where would it be & why?
We’re attracted to mountainous and alpine landscapes so places like Nepal, Canada and the towering fjords of Norway are high up on our list.
The culture of the Nepalese people is something that really inspires us and we would love to take some time to live within a local community to gain an authentic insight into a Nepalese way of life. We admire how resilient they are and how they manage to find happiness with very little.
Are you a trained photographer & writer or is it something you have picked up along the way?
Emma studied photography as part of her course at university, although we really believe that the true creativity behind writing and photography comes from practice, the surrounding landscape and experimenting with new techniques.
When did you realize your hobby & passion had actually turned into a career?
We have always had a passion for travel and photography, although it wasn’t until we moved to Queenstown that we turned it into a career.
What was the best campaign you have had the chance to work on?
We really enjoyed working with Tahiti Tourism, spending a couple of weeks exploring the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. We were lucky enough to stay in an overwater bungalow, waking up to the ocean each day. Our days were spent discovering the underwater world, snorkeling the coral reefs with rays and sharks casually swimming by. We even went whale watching and ended up diving in the ocean with them! As part of the project, we represented Tahiti in the worldwide #HelloWorldRelay campaign. That was a huge tick off our bucket list!
Can you give us your best photography tip?
Think about how you would like to frame the photo, learn the ‘rule of thirds’, experiment with different perspectives and appreciate the softer light and vibrant colours that come out during the ‘golden hour’.
What is your best kept Queenstown insider tip?
We love The First Table concept. You can book the ‘first table’ of the evening at a local restaurant and receive 50% off a meal for 2-4 people. It’s very popular though, so you need to be prepared to book as soon as the availability is released on their website.