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!
My name is Sophie and I'm another Brit joining the Queenstown bubble & Insider team as a contributor.I love a strong brew (only Yorkshire tea will do) and a good hike into the backcountry. My love for nature, adventuring and landscape photography was cemented when I moved to the beautiful land of New Zealand. With my partner Robbie by my side we explore every week to get new photographs. He becomes the subject in most of my work to give you a real indication of how grand and majestic the NZ landscape really is.You can find me Instagram:@sophiepiearcey and here notes of a northener
If you had the day to yourself and $200 how would you spend it?
I would start my morning with a beautiful coffee and breakfast at the Boatshed in Frankton, a real QT hidden gem on the marina overlooking the lake and the Remarkables mountain range. I would then jump on the bus and head to Arrowtown, buy some supplies and head off for a day hike, the walks around Queenstown are amazing, my personal favourite is Sawpit Gully a two/three-hour day hike with incredible views of the gully, river and surrounding mountains. Finishing my day with some yummy food at the Fork and Tap before heading to the Remarkables sweet shop to stock up on goodies for the film screening at Dorothy browns, an amazing old style cinema with big comfy chairs and a real personal feel to the latest blockbuster.
Queenstown on a budget?,How would you spend the day without breaking the bank?
Walk walk walk,around the lake, up the mountains, up Queenstown hill, around the town, up the Gondola… You are SPOILT for choice and guess what? All the walks are FREE and the view from each walk is worth more than the money in your piggy bank. Head to the DOC office in town to pick up a map of The Wakatipu walks.
If you had time to visit only one tourist attraction, what would you visit and why?
I would jump on the gondola and have some fun Luging at the top, fun for all ages and an iconic thing to do in Queenstown. Also the ice cream at the Skyline cafe is to die for… And the view of course.
What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Queenstown?
Snowboarding, with a choice of two mountains and one just over the hill it is the PERFECT place to grab a board and hit the slopes! The mountains are suitable for all abilities and regular transport runs throughout Queenstown making your day easy. Make sure you take your camera's up with you as both mountains boast incredible views back over Queenstown.
Where’s your go-to spot for a quick bite to eat on the go?
Sushi box… Easy, delicious and cheap. Pick your favourite and take it to your favourite hang out to enjoy! Where would you grab a few late night drinks? Get snuggled up in front of the big open fire in Barmuda's outside area in the winter or head to the sundeck to watch the beautiful sunset over Lake Wakatipu in the summer.
What is your best kept Queenstown insider tip?
Appreciate where you are as there aren't many places left with this much natural beauty, get outside at night and look at the stars, wake up and watch the sunrise and find the best spot, Queenstown Hill, to watch the sun go down. Take part in as many outdoor activities as you can and respect the environment!