If you are planning your first time holiday to New Zealand, make sure that Queenstown is the number one city of your list. When I was looking for a connecting flight from Melbourne to New Zealand, the most expensive ticket was to Queenstown. No wonder, this city is located 4 hours away to the magnificent Milford Sound. And of course, first timer to New Zealand will put a Milford Sound cruise in their itinerary. Read our story of Milford Sound in this link.
Here are our list of things to do if you are visiting Queenstown for the first time:
1. Visit Lake Wakatipu Over and Over Again
|The beautiful Lake Wakatipu, in the heart of the city|
One time is never enough, this lake is too gorgeous! We were fortunate to visit New Zealand during summer, but still the water was very cold. People enjoyed Lake Wakatipu in a sunny day, including our kiddos.
|No matter how cold the water was, kiddos enjoyed it:)|
|Paddle boat or this water cycling? You choose.|
If you are traveling with kids to Queenstown, I would recommend visiting a free playground just in front of YHA hostel. Our kiddos enjoyed a swing with the view there.
|the view kiddos enjoyed from their swing|
And of course, visit the lake at night for a romantic view like this.
|Lake Wakatipu just after the sunset|
2. Window Shopping at Queenstown Mall
The shopping complex of Queenstown Mall is a really nice place to do some window shopping or to find souvenirs (my fave is the DF Souvenir shop).
Everyday we enjoyed a park called Green Village just in front of the sign of "Queenstown Mall".
|our kiddos fave spot at Queenstown Mall|
3. Lunch at The Cow - Queenstown Mall
We seldom eat at the restaurants when we were in New Zealand due to budget concern. Mostly we cooked at our motel. But when @thearizkia recommend to have pizza at The Cow, we decided to have it a try. A small cute resto at the end of Cow Lane, served a very yummy pizza and garlic bread. Ensure this resto will be on your list too. The large pizza cost around NZD 32, while the garlic bread cost NZD 8,5.
|Cute resto at the corner of Cow Lane|
|Must have: the garlic bread and pizza|
4. Skyline Gondola + Luge Ride
If you would like to see Queenstown from the top, taking the Skyline Gondola is one of the thing that you can choose. We were too late for the luge ride (Sky Luge ticket booth closed at 8 pm), instead we enjoyed playing at the very cold and windy Bob's Peak.
|charming Queenstown seen from Bob's Peak|
5. Bungy Jumping at Kawarau Bridge
No, we did not do the jump. But we visited the bridge to see how tall it was. When we got there, we didn't only see the bridge. The river itself was very amazing!
|Lovely river, isn't it?|
6. A Short Visit to Glenorchy
Located only one hour away from Queenstown, Glenorchy is a must visit place. Not only enjoying the beautiful view at Glenorchy, but we also amazed by the fascinating view along the way from Queenstown to Glenorchy and vice versa. This below picture is a teaser, you can read a special post on Glenorchy here.
|your pool at Glenorchy :)|
written on January 16, 2014 by @tesyasblog
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