Wow, Queenstown was incredible. It’s not necessarily a place I city I would live in, but if I lived closer this would be my go to vacation spot. Maybe it’s a good thing I live so far away because I think Queenstown would always be my top choice to visit.
Actually, side note I haven’t seen a single bachelor or bachelorette party since coming to New Zealand (and actually I don’t think I saw any whilst in Australia either). Are they just not a thing on this side of the hemisphere? If this was closer to the States or in the States I think it would overtake Miami/Vegas/Nashville for bach parties.
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital. It started as the birthplace of modern bungy (NZ spelling) jumping in the late 80s and now has spread to any activity you can think of to get your blood and adrenaline pumping. Of course there are bungys – including the OG bunny site and a higher 134 meter one into a canyon (my personal pick); skydiving; jet boating; paragliding, sailing, and hang-gliding; gondola rides; the luge down the mountain; hikes; relaxing cruises; and so so much more. That was just scratching the surface. I think you could just go to Queenstown as a single stop if you were really limited on time for your holiday.
So besides having a blast activity wise the scenery is gorgeous in Queenstown. The main center of town is positioned on a majestic lake. During the day there are a lot of water activities (although the lake was chilly) and at night you’ll find crowds on the lakefront hanging around drinking, maybe eating Fergburger, and watching the sunset. I’m here during the middle of summer so the sun was setting around 9:30pm nightly so it was a great way to kick off the night. The one thing to note was that the weather was pretty deceitful. During the middle of the day it was warm and sunny and as soon as the sun starts going down the winds start and it becomes really cold. Dress accordingly if you go out and especially if you go and watch the sunsets. I realized I loved how Queenstown felt because of the low buildings and open skies. You can tell it has an après ski or ski village vibes and I think that was exactly what put Queenstown on the map. You pretty much come here or Wanaka (or both) to ski in the winter. I really cannot wait to go back here.
The food scene was top notch. The nightlife was constant. I haven’t met more Americans in one spot then I did here (not really the best thing, but it is what it is). I also stayed in three different hostels whilst here. I thought four nights would be enough time (the longest I stayed at any Stray stop in NZ) and it really wasn’t. I could have easily stayed at least a week, but maybe my wallet is thinking otherwise. Look out for more posts about bungy, the food, and my hostels view on Queenstown.
This has moved up on my list as #1 place I want to come back to in New Zealand. Ski season, anyone?