I recently took Quade on a surprise trip to Queenstown (NZ) for his 30th Birthday. We only had 3 days away, but we made the most of it and had enough time to recharge and enjoy the natural beauty that Queenstown had to offer.
It’s only a short flight from Aus and once you’re on the ground everything is so close so you’re able to fit a lot in.
Here’s what we managed to fit in…
Make sure you get a window set on the plane. As you come in to land, the airport and its surrounds would have to be the most beautiful in the world. It’s like landing in Middle Earth!
We landed at nighttime so we headed straight to the hotel to check in. We stayed at The Rees. It was close enough to town without being smackbang in the centre of it, and it had a fire place!
We were starving, so we headed out to the infamous FergBurger. These bad boys are not only massive but great quality and tasty as. The line will most defiantly be out the door but it moves pretty quickly and trust me it’s worth the wait. Again, quite possibly the best in the world! As always, you’ve gotta leave room for dessert, so we headed next door to Mrs Ferg for ice cream. Yum!
Wakey Wakey! Time for breakfast at Bespoke Kitchen. This café won the 2015 New Zealand Café of the Year title and you’ll see why. Sit outside by the fire (yes I love fireplaces) and make sure you get a few raw treats to take away. Their rosti is a standout!
After that amazing breakfast, it was time to work if off, so we went for a walk. The Queenstown Hill Time Walk is a three-hour return hike, and we were rewarded you with a 360-degree view of this scenic town.
For lunch we took a short drive to the old gold mining town Arrowtown which is 20 mins from the town centre. It is so cute, you can even gold mine there. We found our favourite place to eat here The Chop Shop and ended up heading there for breakfast again the next day. So good.
No holiday is without rest and relaxation so we headed for the Olsen Hot Pools. This amazing place is only 10 minutes from town, and it’s beautiful in the day and at night so I highly recommend a visit. These hot pools are private and spring-fed, and their situated up on a cliff with retractable windows so you can take in the incredible views. Make sure you book well in advance as they book out so early, and it’s not a trip to Queenstown with out a visit to these! Hot tip – be careful getting out of the pool! Whilst trying to do my best ‘babewatch’ look for Quade I slipped and went straight down. My sexy ended up being hilarious (not in a good way) and would totally have won Funniest Home Video had it been captured on tape!
For dinner we headed to Eichardt’s. The steaks and bluff oysters are a must have – amazing. I can also highly recommend the caramelised potato gnocchi followed by the salted caramel and chocolate profiteroles. Out of this world. You can sit in the window and people watch while taking in the view (I love people watching!).
New Zealand is home to some of the best wines in the world, so we decided on a wine tour.. how can you not in NZ?! We were in the Otago region and our favourites were Akarua, Valli and Gibbston Valley Winery (the cave winery, a must do!). If you love Pinot Noir then you are in for a treat! We chose to do a tour but you can also head out on bikes, taking your time going from winery to winery. For lunch we dined Amisfield Winery, with their ‘Trust The Chef’ menu. So yum!
The weather in Queenstown varies so much so pack a range of clothing! Best part about this place its beautiful all year round! We are already planning our trip back!