The Ultimate Three Days in Queenstown


Things to do in Queenstown

Photo Credit: Destination Queenstown


The Ultimate three days in Queenstown

Three days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Queenstown, in any season. A town that thrives off visitors, you will never be short of something to see or do. You have packed your bags, booked your flights and you’re on your way, reading and scrolling online for the best things to do in Queenstown, well, let me do the hard work for you.

Day 1

When you arrive, take a walk around the town and lakefront, on a beautiful day the mountains look great and you can see right out to Walter Peak Station

Queenstown dinning

Bespoke café is a great way to start your trip, the breakfast here is one of the best in town, I highly suggest the pancakes. If you’re feeling active take the short walk up Queenstown hill for 360 views of the town below, alternatively you can take the Skyline Gondola up to the top for that postcard perfect view of Queenstown.

The TSS Earnslaw is one of the most popular experiences here in Queenstown and she doesn’t disappoint. A 45-minute trip across the lake to Walter Peak station where you can watch a New Zealand farm show and opt for afternoon tea, or a buffet lunch where you will sample some of New Zealand’s finest food and wine.

After a full day of exploring you are going to want somewhere to chill out for dinner. The waterfront is a great place to start, you can sit on the lake and watch the sunset while sipping a glass of Central Otago pinot. Public bar and Kitchen have excellent sharing platters and tapas style food. Next door is the Atlas beer café, popular with our mountain biking locals for their choice of craft beers and steak dinners.

Photo Credit: Destination Queenstown

Day 2

Wake and grab a coffee from the famous Mrs Ferg, the sister of Fergburger and conveniently right next door. She also makes a mean pastry, enjoy both overlooking Lake Wakatipu before another day of activity.

wine tours queenstown

The only way to experience Gibbston Valley wine region is by bike, right?

Let Fork and Pedal wine tours show you the best of what our famous wine region has to offer. Start with an early morning pick up and take the scenic journey to the Gibbston Valley passing the famous AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge. Follow me for a guided bike tour, stopping at the wineries tasting wine and enjoying a picnic lunch beautifully prepared by Provisions Cafe in Arrowtown. This tour is informative, relaxed and enjoyable. I will provide everything and drop you back to your accommodation after the trip.  If you prefer to explore the wineries on your own then opt for the self-guided bike tour.  I will drop you off and provide you with a bike and the equipment you need for the day.  We can provide you with recommendations but essentially the day and area is yours to enjoy.

You will have time for a late afternoon stroll around the gardens in Queenstown, if you follow the track the whole way around The Remarkables will come into view, a great spot for photos. For dinner, White & Wongs is a great new addition to the Queenstown restaurant scene a tasty blend of Asian fusion, get the money bags, they are delicious.

Day 3

Your last day in Queenstown should start with delicious coffee and breakfast. Yonder have an awesome breakfast menu catering to all and their coffee is some of the best in town.

Queenstown bike taxi

If you didn’t get enough of the biking yesterday and fancy a few laps on one of the downhill mountain bike trails, then Coronet Peak is the place for you. You can hire bikes from Torpedo 7 in town and Fork and Pedal can taxi you up and down the mountain as you ride world famous trails such as Corotown and Rude Rock

For the others, a stroll around one of our beautiful lakes is the best way to end your trip. A short 2-hour loop track and beautiful views all around. Close by is Akarau, one of Queenstown newest wineries and the perfect place to long lunch. Wine by the glass, bottle and a cellar door on site is perfect to grab a souvenir from your trip.

You may want to tick of one of New Zealand’s iconic sites.

If all of the above doesn’t tickle your fancy how about visiting one of the most iconic locations in New Zealand, Milford Sound. You can fly there with Glenorchy Air and enjoy a magnificent half day activity before departing our town.

Don’t forget to catch one last sunset on the lakefront, the best way to end your stay here in Queenstown.

Posted by Kate Scrimshaw on February 11, 2019