We asked some Queenstown Locals to tell us what they would do if they only had a day or a weekend to spend in Queenstown, NZ.Read on for some juicy insider tips!
Gavin Lang – Mountain Guide – Insider Interview
My name is Gavin and I am a professional mountain guide and photographer based in Wanaka. I like to spend as much time as I can immersed in nature, whether I’m enjoying the snow and ice on our local mountains, skiing the untracked slopes or climbing on any of the high-quality rock routes in the area. I’m grateful that my work takes me into all of this terrain and I enjoy capturing the epic moments on camera. My wife and baby also love being in the outdoors so most of our family time is spent there.
If you had the day to yourself and $200 to spend what would you do?
I would rent a bike and either spend half the day at Seven Mile single track, followed by eating out at the Spice Room or round up some buddies and put the money towards a heli-biking adventure.
Queenstown on a budget? How would you spend the day without breaking the bank?
Easy – I would head up to The The Remarkables car park and hike up to Lake Alta for lunch, perhaps even continuing on to the summit depending on how much adventure I was after. The only real cost here would be transport costs up the hill.
If you had time to visit only one tourist attraction, what would you visit and why?
Tandem paragliding because it’s great way to feel the wind under my wings. In another life, I would be a paraglider.
What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Queenstown?
Where’s your go-to spot for a quick bite to eat on the go?
Fergburger. Figure out what times everyone else goes, and stay away at these times, though. Otherwise, your wait won’t be so quick.
Where would you grab a few late night drinks?
I don’t drink alcohol, but I love herbal tea. I hope to see a physical café opening along the lines of the online shop ‘Stir Tea’, who are based in Queenstown.
What is your best kept Queenstown insider tip?
Take a walk up to the top of the Gondola. This is a very rewarding brisk walk up through the woods and can be a great way to get the blood flowing whilst staying cool in the shade on a hot day. I promise that the views are even better when you’ve walked to get there. Trust me, it’s easier than it looks.