Taste the famous Central Otago Pinot Noir
Why not treat yourself to a wine tour in Gibbston for the afternoon. Visit stunning cellar doors, and tag on a late lunch at one of the wineries with a restaurant or cellar door menu. Up for an extra challenge? Do it on a bike and cycle the wineries (make sure you book a shuttle back though!)
Wine tours at Gibbston Valley Winery
Explore by foot
Lace-up your walking shoes and explore the many day walks just a short trip from your accommodation. Queenstown Hill, The Gardens, the Tiki Trail, and Moke Lake are all excellent half-day adventures and can be accessed from downtown.
If you’re feeling like a bit more of an adventure, drive out past Glenorchy and hike to the Routeburn Flats or Falls Huts and back (4-6 hours return). It’s a good idea to check the Department of Conservation (DOC) website to make sure there are no weather or track warnings before you go. Or embark on a guided multi-day hike for an extended long weekend and immerse yourself in pristine wilderness.
Hiking the Routeburn Track
Home to the latest and greatest adventures, you can't visit Queenstown without partaking in some form of adrenaline activity. From iconic Queenstown bungy jumping and canyon swinging to skydiving and thrills on a jet boat or four-wheel drive, we've got it all. If you’re not into heart-pumping thrills, there are plenty of softer adventures and indoor thrills to give you a milder adrenaline buzz.
Pick up some treats from the local markets
The Remarkables Market is open for the season mid-October, from 9am-2pm every Saturday until Easter 2021 (Covid-19 alert levels allowing). Local artisans sell crafts, gifts and a tasty selection of local produce and treats available for your day’s adventures. Meanwhile the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market is also on every Saturday on the Queenstown waterfront, with vendors from all over the South Island selling arts, crafts and souvenirs.
The Remarkables Market
If you're into downhill mountain biking without the uphill the Queenstown Bike Park offers gondola assisted mountain biking. Hire a bike and lap the park all day. There are also gentler options, such as The Frankton Track along the Queenstown Trail, the Arrow River, the Lake Hayes Loop or Moke Lake. To get the heart pumping, pedal up 7 Mile Bike Park and explore the network of downhill trails.
Soak in the downtown vibe
You can’t beat the vibe of downtown Queenstown, especially over a long weekend. With street-side stalls, takeaway restaurants, art installations, buskers and performers, there’s always something on.
Al Fresco dining, Queenstown Bay