Thursday, March 15, 2012

Queenstown - What to do & What to eat


Where we ate:
Fergburger - no matter what time of day this place always had a huge queue and we quickly found out why! Best burgers in town and despite the line, they crank it out pretty quickly with around a 10-15 minute wait. Prices start at only $10.
Patagonia - homemade icecreams, chocolates and desserts. Prices start at around $6 and the menu is mouthwatering. The tramontana and banana caramel icecream flavours are definitely our recommendation.
Vudu Cafe - our breakfast place of choice, great menu, good coffee and lots of really nice cabinet food too.
Bostwana Butchery - be prepared to spend a bit more if you're heading here for dinner. We went at lunch time and took advantage of their $15 lunch menu which was still incredibly delicious. Amazing service, beautiful decor and a great view of the lake and mountains. We recommend the french onion soup.
Remarkable Sweet Shop - free tastings of home made fudges and a huge selection of sweet treats from around the world
♥ Les Alpes - a cute French restaurant down by the water. All the staff spoke French, the decor was adorable and the menu full of macarons, pastries and baguettes.

What we did:
Helicopter flight - a 20 minute flight over the Remarkables including a few minutes to stop at the top and take a few pictures. There are also much longer (and much more expensive) packages available.
Million Dollar Cruise - a 90 minute scenic cruise around lake Wakatipu. Breathtaking views!
Onsen Pools - $80 for an hour for two. You get your own private pool with the most amazing view before your eyes. We also paid an extra $25 for the indulgence pack which came with a glass of sparkling wine each, an aromatherapy burner, grapes and fluffy towels.
Gondola/ Luge - we went up first thing in the morning and enjoyed the crisp morning view of Queenstown. Apart from the Helicopter ride this was the best view of Queenstown we had.
♥ Bike hire - we hired bikes for only $29 each for a half day and cycled through the Queenstown botanic gardens through to Frankton.

What we'll do next time:
♥ Hire a car and drive to Wanaka and Arrowtown
Shotover jet

23 comments:

  1. That Spa pool looks so incredible! Will def add that to the bucket list. breathtaking views, such a cool idea.

    Good to see you had an excellent time in Queenstown.

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  2. Oh, now I really, really miss Queenstown!

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  3. Oh i would love to pay a visit there! The pictures are lovely :)

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  4. I'm definitely bookmarking this for if I ever make it to Queenstown :) Sounds like ye had a blast and it looks like such a beautiful place!

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  5. I have saved your list! I will be heading to New Zealand hopefully end of this year. I've been 3 times before cause my dads a kiwi but i've never properly travelled around!

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  6. Un blog ideal! estaré muy cerca de este sitio. un saludo desde mamaartista.blogspot.com

    Espero que te pases por mi blog y me comentes que te parece.L+

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  7. This trip looks like so much fun! Wish I could enjoy something like that right now! I'm glad you had fun!!

    Ana
    AnaCloudVintage
    ANACLOUD

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  8. You are making me wish I could go to Queenstown more than ever now! Looks so lovely :D

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  9. I luuvveeeeee your listttttt....Thanks Amanda!! Sure thing I'm gonna try those foodie list..

    Anyway maybe next time you guys should try paragliding, breathtaking view and bit adrenalin involved = superb!!

    -xL
    www.ame-mayu.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm a sweet kind of gal and Patagonia looks delish, especially their white chocolate. I may have to order some to satisfy my sweet tooth. Happy Friday!

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  11. love your photo grid! New Zealand looks so lovely!

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  12. After seeing all of your beautiful pictures of NZ I have decided that I really do need to go there one day soon!

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  13. Love your blog, especially posts about New Zealand since I just got to know I'll spend the next year there as an exchange student. So thanks a lot!

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  14. So cool. The food looks great!

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  15. Wow! I would love to have this same trip and adventure with my boyfriend. Love the place. And you seem to had a good one. =)


    http://sassychunny.blogspot.com/

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  16. the food looks so good, and the bowler hat is very cute!

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  17. Awesome to see you had a great time down here. Each season is different so you must come again at a different time of year.

    Thanks for spreading the word too, so many people think we are just a ski resort but as you found out there is so much more than that.

    I just came across your blog looking for something completely different - lots of effort gone in that and love the pics.

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  18. ahh love queenstown so, so much! The luge was super scary from what I remember though, we went on a school trip when I was 15 and our teacher went flying over the edge and down a bit of a hill, oops. The shotover jets are aweeeesome! xoxo

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  19. You seem to have such great time in Queenstown. The place is so beautiful, that is one thing that I am sure of. I can't wait to go back there. Need to check some accommodation in Queenstown right now!

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  20. This made me want to go back to Queenstown. I know some Queenstown apartment that's affordable and you can stay in it in time.

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