This is the second instalment of our New Zealand adventure! Once we’d left Christchurch, our next port of call was Queenstown. This is definitely where all the cool kids hang out! Lots of people we spoke to were from the UK and had been in New Zealand for a few months and found their way down to Queenstown.
Where we stayed:
We stayed at the beautiful Rees Hotel which is slightly out of the main hustle and bustle of the town. They offer a free shuttle into the town which is only about 5 minutes away. Alternatively you can walk along Lake Wakitipu which will took around 30 minutes (it took us much longer as we kept stopping to take photos and watch the jet and water skiers!)
Our room looked out over Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkable Mountains where we saw some incredible sunsets. This photo that I posted in Instagram has NO filters! Can you believe it?!
What we did:
Queenstown is the hive of adventure – there are SO many activities to choose from whilst you’re there. Bungy jumping and sky diving; wine and cheese tasting; helicopter and boat tours; the list goes on! Unfortunately our flight over Milford Sound was cancelled due to poor weather and we were unable to rearrange as we left the following day.
The Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak and is the steepest cable car lift in the southern hemisphere. Once you get to the top, there are a whole host of activities to do from mountain biking, a luge, hikes, bungy jumping, paragliding OR just taking in the view.
We booked a meal in the Stratosfare restaurant which was a buffet style restaurant with every table having a view. The view certainly outweighs the food – I think you’re paying for the location rather than the quality of food.
This was the MOST fun! A jet boat that takes you through the Shotover Canyon but can manage to manoeuvre on just 10cm of water. The instructor goes at some crazy speeds through the narrowing river, ridiculously close to the rock face at times and then throws in some 360 degree turns to keep your adrenaline high! You’re on the water for around 25 minutes in total and I wanted to do it again as soon as it was over.
What we ate:
I barely know where to begin with this – we had a real variety of food in Queenstown so I thought I’d just pick a few of our favourites otherwise this post will be REALLY long!
Fat Badgers Pizza
We went here one evening as it came highly recommended by a couple of people who worked at the hotel. It worked out better value to get a large pizza rather than 2 smaller ones so we asked if they could do 50/50 so that JB was able to have a vegan base half. What we didn’t account for was the size of the pizza…
& yes, this was finished for breakfast the next day – and we weren’t even sorry!
I’d read about Taco Medic place in our Lonely Planet guide but we didn’t find it until our last full day. It’s tucked away in a really cool little area of Queenstown that probably a lot of people don’t stumble across. They say one is a snack, two’s a meal and three is a feast. We opted for one each (beef stockman for me and chicken kentuckyman for JB) plus a side of nachos.
All I can say is that I’ve been craving these almost every day since we had them! Please bring Taco Medic to the UK!
Vudu Cafe & Larder
We popped in to Vudu one morning for breakfast on a bit of a whim as we’d seen a little bit a queue so knew that was probably a good sign. What we hadn’t realised was that it was a very popular vegan cafe – winner for JB! There were SO many treats that JB could have it was all a little overwhelming! We decided on this huge chia seed pudding to share and it was delicious!