We asked Queenstown Physio & pilates teacher Emily Waterhouse what her favourite Queenstown activities are, where she goes for free entertainment and what is the one tourist attraction you shouldn’t miss …Read on for some juicy insider tips!
Emily Waterhouse is a former sailor, who ski-raced in the Swiss Alps in her youth, has had a top ten in the longest day of the Coast to Coast multisport race and now feels she has really found home in the beauty and energy of the mountains around Queenstown. She is a Pilates specialist, life coach, movement mentor & physio in Queenstown.
Her passion is empowering others to find themselves by reconnecting them with their body and educating them to find balance in their mind. Whether you are a new mother, an injured weekend warrior, a golf fanatic who wants to improve their game, you are living with a debilitating chronic illness or an elite athlete she loves to find an intelligent solution to help you achieve your goals.
She mostly works from her Pilates Studio clinic Equilibrium Space at her home on the golf course at Millbrook.
If you had the day to yourself and $200 to spend what would you do?
An early walk around Lake Hayes with my dog. Coffee and a delicious gluten-free brownie from Taste and Savour in Glenda Drive. Japanese for lunch from Kappa on Mall Street in Queenstown. This delightful & intimate Japanese restaurant has delicious Sushi. My afternoon would be spent browsing the boutiques and galleries in town.
Or a long lunch, with a girlfriend, at the clubhouse at Jackspoint with a great bottle of Pinot. Sadly this has recently been damaged by a fire so we are not sure when they will be reopening.
Queenstown on a budget? How would you spend the day without breaking the bank?
On my mountain bike exploring all the many beautiful trails, we have in our backyard. I love riding out to the Gibbston valley trail via the Arrow River on the Queenstown cycle trails. The bridges are amazing and you get a different perspective of the landscape. It seems that everywhere you go there is an inspiring view to enjoy.
If you had time to visit only one tourist attraction, what would you visit and why?
A four-wheel drive trip would be fantastic. A good way to learn about the history of the region is to follow the old miner’s trails. Either into Skippers Canyon or starting with the history of Arrowtown and then driving up the Arrow river to the former gold mining village of Macetown.
(If I had an unlimited budget I would take a Helicopter ride to Milford Sound. The fiords should not be missed).
What’s your favourite outdoor activity in Queenstown?
Hard question. We have so many amazing outdoor activities!.
In winter my favourite is doing first tracks up at Coronet Peak. A full hour of skiing before the mountain gets busy. Great for your skiing fitness as there are no lift queues.
In summer I love hiking our many trails. Hiking to the summit of Ben Lomond is a definite favourite.
The less arduous short walk from The Remarkables base building to the stunning glacial Lake Alta should not be missed. Most of the walk is on the road until you reach the top of the Alta chair then a short mountain trail to the lake.
If you love golf … the region is heaven.
Where’s your go-to spot for a quick bite to eat on the go?
Slow Cuts in Arrowtown. Delicious burgers. Great customer service.
Where would you grab a few late night drinks?
Easy. Either the iconic Blue Door for a big leather chair by the fire or an evening at La Rumbla in Arrowtown where they do the best cocktails. They often have a DJ playing at the weekend.
What is your best kept Queenstown insider tip?
Dorothy Browns. A great boutique movie theatre in Arrowtown. Pre-order your cheese board and relax with a wine.