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!
Kate is the Editor and curator of Queenstown Insider, mum to Romy (2),
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Travel Highlights include: Catching a ghost on film in Dublin, kissing a cobra on its head in Morocco, missing a plane in Prague, learning Reiki in Bali, sailing in Croatia, scoffing huevos rancheros in Mexico and riding a donkey in Egypt.
Careers: Varied! They range from Teacher’s aide, T-shirt printer, Daytrader, Cosmetic clinic owner, and most recently Farmer (Ok, to be more accurate, she actually lived on a farm, but didn’t do much farming.)
Favourite places/things to do in New Zealand include: Boating on lake Wanaka, sea fishing at Nugget Point and staying at the family Bach in Papatowai, swimming with dolphins in Akaroa, driving through the Haast pass, visiting Te Papa Museum in Wellington, whale watching in Kaikoura, camping in Taupo, Swimming at Raglan beach, relaxing in the natural hot pools in Rotorua and LIVING in Queenstown…..whoop whoop.
If you had the day to yourself and $200 to spend what would you do?
I love to try new things, so I would book in for some weird and wonderful holistic treatment at Nadi Wellness or take a class in something I haven’t done before, like Paint ‘n Sip or Ariel Yoga.
Then I would grab my bike and head to Gibbston Valley for a ride along the cycle trail for gorgeous views of the Kawarau river and wine region. Come evening I would spruce myself up – “lips on, mummy” as my daughter says – and wine and dine with a delicious meal at Blue Kanu restaurant. By then it would be time for sunset, so I would drive up Coronet Peak with my camera and snap away till my hearts content, if the night is clear, I'll probably be staying around to capture the milkway! You can follow my photography adventures @katecraigbrown.
Queenstown on a budget? How would you spend the day without breaking the bank?
In summer this is super easy. I could get by without spending a cent by heading outdoors and enjoying the surroundings.
My ideal summer’s day would be to taking the kayaks out on the lake or have a picnic in an area where I conveniently want to take photos. (Moke lake, Glenorchy, Lake Hayes to name a few) Then wind up the day with friends and an alfresco BBQ dinner on the deck.
If you only had time to visit only one tourist attraction, what would you visit and why?
A Hot air balloon flight! If I only had time for one adventure I would pick this as it's not an activity that you find everywhere and the views are insane.
What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Queenstown?
It’s a toss up between going for a bike ride, finding a trail or hike I haven’t yet conquered, or heading up the mountain for a ski/try to snowboard.
Where’s your go-to spot for a quick bite to eat on the go?
I can’t get enough of the Hawker Rolls at Madam Woo. One is never enough!
Where would you grab a few late night drinks?
For drinks with the girls I wouldn’t go past Little Blackwood, for its yummy cocktails and cheese boards or The sherwood for it's cool atmosphere, live music and delish eats.
What is your best kept Queenstown insider tip?
That a certain burger institution takes phone orders…just saying.
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