The longer days of spring have another advantage. It’s often warm enough to set up a little outdoor dining. Go lakeside with a blanket and a mulled wine or grab a craft beer at a bar, or maybe some takeaways and head down to Queenstown Bay, or just lay back in a park as the sun sets. Menus also broaden with new seasonal ingredients coming online.
Queenstown’s little city vibe continues into the evening when nightspots all over town amp up after dark. Start your night off with a quiet beer or sip a cocktail at a cosy bar before hitting the more boisterous venues to meet fellow travellers and locals alike. Choose from rooftop bars where marshmallows are shared and toasted on the fire, to the classic pub with a live band, or underground hotspots with DJs.
From mid-September as winter thaws, our mountain biking trails are rideable, opening access to some great trails all within a stone’s throw of your Queenstown accommodation. There’s bike rental shops around town and shuttle options too, or you can ride the gondola and hit the Queenstown MTB Park.
Queenstown isn’t known as the Adventure Capital of the World for nothing. On your days off the mountain you can throw yourself from bridges with a bungy jump, scare yourself silly on gigantic swings or zip line through forest canopies or steep canyons. For even more thrills, skydiving is an option, so’s hang-gliding and paragliding.
The Great Outdoors.
Grab some Scroggin, pack your camera and head for the hills! You can tackle many of Queenstown’s most rewarding hiking experiences from downtown, and a couple of hours’ hard slog will reward you with incredible views of the mountain ranges that surround Lake Wakatipu. Or, stay closer to sea level and head up-river on a fly fishing mission when the backcountry rivers open to anglers in October.