DAY 7: HEAD TO QUEESNTOWN After a couple nights we departed Te Anu and geared up for a leisurely drive to Queenstown.We were there around lunch and enjoyed food and drinks at one of the many amazing restaurants in the city and moved along with the crowd to the lake to unwind.The city also has a vintage theatre which is a fun experience and called it a night after dinner and cocktails at one of our now favourite bar in Queenstown: 1876.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Queenstown is from February to August and October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Simply put, you can’t visit Queenstown and not try a Fergburger. It is like a right of passage for your travels in New Zealand. The restaurant itself is nothing special, just a small location with not enough seating or room for the amount of people it serves a day. The burgers on the other hand are excellent. They offer a variety of preparations for everyone’s preference and if you don’t like beef, no worries, they offer varieties in chicken and fish. Don’t let the long queue deter you, your visit will be worth the wait.
I wish I had some pictures of my white water rafting adventures, but I didn't want to worry about having a camera on me. The scariest part about the rafting isn't the rapids, it's the ride to get to the rapids. The bus winds up and down this narrow road with hairpin turns. One guy got so nervous on the ride there that he started having an asthma attack and decided he couldn't go rafting on the Shotover River. He wanted to be driven back. They tried to tell him that he might be less nervous going down the rapids than experiencing the trip back on the bus. As I recall the rapids are mostly level 2 and 3, with maybe one level 4 if the water is high.
Minus 5 Ice Bar
This place was just a kick. You don cold weather gear and then literally step into their freezer for drinks. Drinking a frosty beverage surrounded by ice makes you feel a bit like you are inside the drink. It was cold, however, so I don't think my group lasted more than half an hour or so.
Shotover Canyon Swing
These guys are crazy. Since I had bungy jumped forward, they thought I should go off the Canyon Swing backward. Unlike bungy, where they tie your ankles, in the Canyon Swing, you're in a climbing type harness to keep you safe. Whereas the AJ Hackett folks tell you how safe bungy jumping is as they bind your ankles, these guys put the feat of God in you. Just when you think you're ready to go, they pull you back in. I asked if they wanted to know where I'd like to hit the water, because I'd told the AJ Hackett people I'd like to hit at boob level. They said: "Oh, you're supposed to stop about 100 feet above the water, so if you touch the water, something has gone horribly wrong." I immediately said: "I don't need to touch the water."
The Heritage Resort
We reached here tired, hungry, and totally drained of energy after 5 hours of driving, exploring in the hot sun, and full of dust. The Resort was like an Oasis in the desert. It is situated at the backdrop of the Badami caves, away from the hustle- bustle, green and very welcoming. We freshened up and settled for the South Indian thali which cost INR 90. The food was good.
AJ Hackett Bungy Ledge Bungy and Swing
AJ Hackett and Henry Van came up with the first bungy jumping operation in Queenstown in 1980. Since then this stunning city has become a hub for commercial bungy jumping, attracting visitors from all across the globe. Ledge Bungy at Queenstown is the best pick for your first free fall adventure when in New Zealand. And the best part is, it's even open at night!
Skyline Gondola Base
Walk to the Skyline Gondola (which is a cablecar, not a Venetian boat) to head up the hill for a stunning view of the lake and the town. Once you've had your fill of the mesmerizing view, you could while away time lunging down the hill (trust me, it's addictive!) or bungee-ing into the forest below. 'Central Queenstown' is a short walk away. Walk around the lakefront or take the popular Catamaran cruise. And do not miss out on this lovely little place called Fergberger that serves the best burgers in town.
Dart River Jet Safaris
Dart River is the place to have some fun. This river flows through rugged mountains in the south-western part of South Island. It was named the Dart river because of its swift flow. This river is so abound in scenery that sometimes it looks like it should be on an oil canvas. In fact the famous Lord Of The Rings Trilogy used this location in a few of its scenes. This is one of New Zealand’s most distinctive waterways that originates from a glacier and ends in a lake. the Dart River Jet Safaris is a fun experience, even though a little expensive.
Bespoke Kitchen is essentially a vegetarian/vegan cafe serving the most epic breakfast/brunch in Queenstown. The design of the cafe is modern to the core and like most other 'hipster' establishments, it offers free WiFi.All hotel prices are approximate and on a per day basis. They were last updated on April 12th, 2016.Have you been to New Zealand recently? Share your itineraries, reviews and photos with 20 million travellers on Tripoto.
Air Milford 2000 Ltd
Hank Sproul is a wonderful pilot, and his flight-see of Milford Sound is fantastic. I did the Fly/Cruise/Fly option where you fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound, then take a cruise through Milford Sound on a smaller vessel than Real Journeys uses, and a flight back. Flying over the glaciers is simply breathtaking. A flight see of Milford Sound and bungy jumping in Queenstown should both rank high on your list. And even if dangling from a bungy cord isn't your cup of tea, a flight with Air Milford is bound to please.
Skyline Gondola Queenstown
Taking a trip on the Skyline Gondola for a scenic overview of Queenstown is a must do on your visit. The trip up on the gondola offers some good views, but you are rewarding with clear, unobstructed views from the top of the surrounding area. The bonus is you can spend a lot of time up there. They have a variety of activities to do including luging, hiking, dining and shopping. Take a wander through the specialty shops for the perfect souvenir or go for a hike and watch the groups of mountain bikers take on the trail. It is also an amazing spot to watch the sunrise from and they also offer stargazing.
Wine Tastes - New Zealand Wine Experience
Queenstown is located in the area called Otago Central. This area is well known for it’s wine production and a short drive outside of the city will find you in the heart of wine country. You will find the beautiful vineyards are hard to miss and a great way to spend the afternoon. There are a couple options for checking out the wine areas, either by renting a car or joining a wine tour. Most of the wineries offer wine tasting during the day so don’t be shy, set off on your own and make some stops. Their tastings include their full line up for a small fee and an opportunity to grow your palette.
AJ Hackett Bungy
DAY 10: ADVENTURE SPORTS AND WINERIES The famous Hackett bungee jumping, sky diving, gondola rides disclosing amazing view of the town. Also, indulge in advanced three wheeled luge cart rides which just might be the most scenic luge track in the world.We of course ended the day with more wine tasting with cheese platters in Rippon Valley.