Guys, we’ve stumbled upon a total winter wonderland. If you love skiing (and/or snowboarding), Queenstown is where you need to be this winter. Located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the region is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glistening lakes.
Here you’ll find world-class ski fields, heart-racing adventure and, after a long day of shredding powder, a bustling après ski scene. Think: mouth-watering eats, innovative cocktails and a whooole lot of partying. Here’s why Queenstown is calling your name this winter. Excuse us while we pack our suitcase!
There Are FOUR Epic Ski Fields To Choose From
Queenstown has not one, not two, not even three but FOUR epic ski fields to tackle. Dream come true, amiright? As if that wasn’t enough, it forms the largest combined skiable terrain in Australasia. Each ski field is unique in its own way with terrain suitable for beginners, Olympic medallists and everyone in between. Coronet Peak showcases night skiing alongside live music, while The Remarkables are truly, err, remarkable and popular with freestylers. Cardrona is an alpine playground with world-class terrain and Treble Cone is loved for its long, uncrowded slopes.
The Closest Ski Field Is Just 20 Minutes Away
This is one holiday where you won’t spend half your time in a car. Queenstown’s international airport is just minutes away from the town centre and nearby ski fields. To put things in perspective, the slopes of Coronet Peak are a hop, step and a jump away from downtown Queenstown—aka just a 20-minute drive. For extra convenience, ski shuttles and mountain transport is available daily. Finish the day by eating (and drinking!) your way around Queenstown’s hub—you can get between the local bars and eateries by foot. How very, very convenient.
After A Long Day At The Snow, Refuel With Mouth-Watering Eats
Speaking of, Queenstown’s foodie scene is nothing short of epic. First things first, no visit is complete without visiting world-famous Fergburger. Grab your burger (paired with a cream doughnut from Fergbaker) and enjoy at Perky’s floating bar on Queenstown Bay. Graze on moreish mezze plates at No5 Church Lane, devour crispy hawker rolls from Madam Woo and hit up Taco Medic for mouth-watering tacos. For a romantic meal for two, book a table overlooking Lake Wakatipu at Eichardt’s Bar. Alternatively, treat bae to a wine tasting at Amisfield’s stunning vineyard followed by a meal overlooking Lake Hayes.
… And Pair With A Refreshing Bevvy (Or Two!)
Thirsty? Queenstown has no shortage of delightful cocktail bars. Check out rooftop bars Attiqa and The Bunker and head to Little Blackwood for innovative cocktails alongside mulled wine. You can also warm up around an open fire at bars such as Barmuda, The Sundeck and Bardeaux. To groove the night away, check out live music at downtown bars such as Pub On Wharf and Ballarat Trading Co. Après ski doesn’t get much better than this! Alternatively, for a local experience like no other, watch the rugby and enjoy a local brew at Brazz or Lone Star.
There’s Plenty Of Fun Away From The Snow!
The fun’s not over yet. Nope, we’re just getting started! Arguably the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown has everything from jet boating and white-water rafting to bungy jumping and skydiving. And the best part? You’ll be surrounded by the region’s breathtaking scenery. Zoom through canyons with Shotover Jet and see how brave you really are with the 47m freestyle Ledge Bungy! For something a lil more Zen, do yoga at Sherwood or Nadi Wellness Centre or relax at the oh-so Instagrammable Onsen Hot Pools (book well ahead). Double points if you time your visit with the highly anticipated Queenstown Winter Festival. Running from June 21 to 24, the long weekend is all about music, comedy and—of course—mountain fun. Pro tip: don’t miss out on tickets to the festival’s winter ball!
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