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Queenstown Autumn Escape

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Escape to a world of inspiration and revitalisation in Queenstown this autumn.

Explore below some of our most inspiring Queenstown autumn articles, written especially by MiNDFOOD magazine and some of our favourite storytellers. 

Discover a season that awakens the senses and fall in love with autumn.

The Remarkables Lookout in Autumn

The Heart of Queenstown

After a day or two in Central Otago, meeting inspirational locals, it was clear that you shouldn’t judge a destination only by its tourist brochures and TripAdvisor posts. Queenstown, at its heart, is a community.

Jay Sherwood: brewing up magic in Arrowtown

According to brewer Jay Sherwood, the key ingredient in Lake & Wood craft beers is the Queenstown region and all it has to offer.

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Savour the tastes of Autumn with these top five dining spots

Discover MiNDFOOD's favourite Autumn dining spots in Queenstown.

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Be inspired by Queenstowners making a difference

Behind the bustling town and jaw-dropping views of Queenstown you’ll find a community of proud, hard-working people doing incredible things.

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Craft beer inspired by Queenstown

Meet Jay Sherwood the producer of Lake & Wood, a handcrafted beer using delicious ingredients taken from the surrounding landscape.

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Insane sourdough house made charcuterie and cultured butter wrapped in native NZ kawa kawa by @chefvaughanmabee @outregaanderson @mypatchofdirt at the brilliant @amisfieldbistro in Queenstown New Zealand... #worlds50best #worlds50bestrestaurants #finedining #finedininglovers #dining #luxury #gourmet #chefstagram #instafoodie #foodies #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #fourmagazine #foodblog #foodblogger #foodpic #finedining #butter #foodandwine #bread #foodheaven #gastronome #gastronomy #gastronogram #charcuterie #michelin #breadandbutter #nzfood #queenstown #zomatonz

A Pinot Noir expert's guide to Autumn in Queenstown

Meet Christopher Keys the Winemaker at Gibbston Valley Winery. Find out why Christopher is so passionate about Gibbston Valley and the wines that come from there.

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Awestruck by these stunning Autumn colours @thrillingenvisions

Kate Fluker's top 6 Autumn trails in Queenstown

Kate Fluker is a professional mountain biker and discovered her love for mountain biking when she moved to Queenstown. Kate shares her top 6 Autumn trails in Queenstown.

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Long Weekend Getaway Guide

If you’re making the most of the extra days off this Easter and heading in Queenstown’s direction, we've put together your long weekend getaway guide.

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Decode Store Queenstown

From the decandent to the divine: Shopping in Queenstown

Forget about souvenirs, Queenstown’s shopping precinct caters for fashionistas young and old alike.

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Lake Hayes in Autumn for walking and hiking

Quality Time in Queenstown

Queenstown - ideal for recreation’n’rejuvenation. Enjoy the excitement in New Zealand’s favourite getaway destination year-round – and at your own pace.

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Aerial view of Arrowtown in Autumn

A Season to Celebrate

Reds, oranges, golds: Queenstown and the surrounding hillsides, lakeshores, parks blaze into spectacular colours in autumn.

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Beautiful Autumn day for a big hike around Remarkables ridgeline. #Queenstown #newzealand

Bennet's Bluff sunset roadtrip

Peace of Mind

Psychologist Dr Emily O’Leary explains the link between nature and mental health and invites you to discover why Queenstown is an invigorating destination for mind, body and soul.

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Beach Street shopping in Queenstown

Queenstown Shopping Walking Trail

Compact and cosmopolitan Queenstown packs a punch on the shopping front. Follow this trail to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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Autumn in Queenstown

March – May. Golden landscapes, mild weather and relaxed pace, autumn is the season for a rejuvenating break. Enjoy biking and golfing, explore wineries and restaurants or relax at a spa.

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Eichardts Hotel exterior in summer

Historic Eateries to Delight All Senses

Historic buildings from Queenstown’s gold rush days now house unique world-class eateries. Discover where to soaking up the area’s history while sampling delicious local food and wine.

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Beetroot salad from Millhouse Restaurant

Vegetarian and Vegan Treats

Fresh and crisp salads, to indulgent burgers and rich ethnic dishes, vegetarian delights are everywhere to be found in Queenstown.

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Arrowtown at the end of Autumn

Little Blackwood, Queenstown

Famous Cocktails and Where to Find Them

Queenstown is known far and wide for its super fun nightlife. The compact town centre makes it easy to explore different bars and find your favourite cocktails. Here are some great places to try downtown and beyond.

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Lake Hayes in Autumn

Top Things To Do in Autumn

Queenstown comes alive in autumn with red and gold foliage, and festivals and events, check out some of the top things to do during this beautiful season.

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Queenstown cafes savoury treats

Queenstown's Café Culture

Whether it’s a morning coffee, a lazy breakfast, or a place to taste the flavours of the region, there’s a delicious option for everyone in Queenstown.

Yoga at sunset in Glenorchy

Ways to Wellness

Spa, yoga, fitness classes and multi-day retreats are all on the menu in Queenstown, where you can nourish your body and soul amongst stunning scenery.

Couple explore Gibbston Valley harvest

The Bustle of Queenstown's Wine Harvest

Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago wine region, and each autumn for just a few weeks the wineries burst into life for the annual wine harvest.

Wine in Gibbston, Queenstown

The Story of Queenstown Wine

Brimming with colourful characters achieving improbable goals, the story of Central Otago’s wine industry starts with the gold rushes of the 1860s.

Shopping In Queenstown New Zealand

Queenstown’s Easy Adventures

The cruisy side of Queenstown is never hard to find, and full of leisurely experiences packed to the max with wow-factor and fun.

Summer Biking at Steamer Wharf Queenstown, New Zealand

Exploring Queenstown by Bike

With almost endless riding opportunities and spectacular vistas around every corner, Queenstown is a dream destination for cyclists both on and off road.

Alan Brady winemaker Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown Q&A: Alan Brady, Winemaker

Alan Brady planted some of the first wine grapes around Queenstown, creating Gibbston Valley Winery in the early 1980s. After living half of his life in the valley, he moved to Clyde to retire in 2016, but keeps his hand...

Gary Livesey’s Perfect Day in Queenstown

Go on a journey with Gary Livesey and discover what his perfect day in Queenstown is.

Basket of Dreams on top of Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Art Trail

Beautiful places have attracted and inspired artists for centuries, and Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island is no different.

Arrowtown Library Green in Autumn

The Best Places to See Autumn Colours

The days are a little cooler in autumn, so don your scarf and jacket and venture out in search of the gorgeous foliage that Queenstown offers.

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