1. Watch a movie or TV series that was filmed in Queenstown
One Lane Bridge (TV Series)
Filmed and set in Queenstown, One Lane Bridge is a local crime drama that follows an ambitious young detective on a murder investigation. The first season, a six-part series, takes a dark and supernatural turn when the detective reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers the case, his career and his life. A second season was released earlier this year and both seasons are available to watch on TVNZ on Demand here.
Top of the Lake (Season One)
Top of the Lake follows detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) and deals with her investigation of the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl in the fictional town of Laketop, New Zealand. The entire series is shot in Queenstown and Glenorchy, with the dramatic landscapes making the show even more impactful. Watch the trailer here.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Likely the most well known films to come out of New Zealand, many of the scenes from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed in Queenstown and the surrounding areas. If you haven't seen the trilogy, there's no time like the present. See if you can pick which Queenstown locations feature in which films. Watch the trailer for The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring here.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise is no less epic than the rest, especially knowing that lead actor Tom Cruise learnt to fly a helicopter specifically for the films. The climactic scene in Mission: Impossible - Fallout features an epic helicopter chase that was filmed in the "triangle" between Milford Sound, Queenstown and Lake Wanaka. The Rees Valley, near Glenorchy, also stood in for a Kashmiri village in the film. The film is an exciting way to pass a few hours at home, and is available to watch on Amazon Prime. Watch the trailer here.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Marvel lovers beware.. here's yet another excuse to re-watch a film from the franchise. Queenstown stands in for the Canadian Rockies in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which some of the key scenes were shot at Deer Park Heights and Paradise. View the trailer for the film here.
The Water Horse
Lake Whakatipu doubled as a Scottish Loch in the 2006 film Waterhorse. The film is an adaption of Dick King-Smiths children’s novel “The Water Horse” and follows a young boy who discovers a mysterious egg that grows up to be the Loch Ness monster. As they form a strong relationship, the boy's family refuses to believe in the creature's existence. Watch the trailer here.
The Hobbit trilogy
Based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit trilogy is just as epic as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set before Lord of the Rings but produced afterwards, the trilogy benefited from advancements in technology. Earnslaw Burn Track (from Gleorchy) sets the scene for Bilbo and The Company (a crew of dwarves) after departing Rivendell. The area surrounding Queenstown was also used for the start of the journey into the Misty Mountains. Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the first film in the trilogy) here.
Yoga classes in Queenstown
2. Tune into Queenstown's virtual events and entertainment
Virtual cooking classes, yoga classes, wine tastings, you name it! The creative community in Queenstown have made it possible for everyone to experience Queenstown from home. Here is a small collection of what is available.
Kinross Cellar Door has come up with a fantastic way to bring their Cellar Door to your home - virtual wine tastings! You can join their trained wine advisors and sommeliers online for a 45-minute tasting session where you will sample and discuss a range of delicious, world-beating wines from Central Otago. Find out more information here.
Taco Medic - At Home Cooking Series: Love a good taco? Taco Medic are posting a variety of cooking videos on their Facebook page for you to try at home! As well as the videos they are also sharing the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions within their 'At Home' album. Share your creations by tagging #TacoMedicAtHome. Catch the videos on their Facebook page.
Nadi Wellness - Join us OMline: You can now practise yoga live online with your favourite Nadi teachers, alongside your Nadi community from the comfort of your own homes. You can invite your friends and family from anywhere in the world to practice with you too! Daily at here.
Remarkable Vets TV Series: In 2004, Remarkable Vets became the star of their very own reality TV show which ran for two series and 20 episodes across TV2 and Nat Geo Wild. Discover what life was like 15 years ago at Remarkable Vets and find out how the Remarkable Vets animal care team started out - you may even spot someone you know! Episodes are released on their YouTube channel.
Escape Quest has created a completely original play-at-home escape room mission. The game uses real-life locations and people from Queenstown’s 1860’s Gold Rush. Click here to play.
3. Virtual tours of Queenstown
Google’s 360 imagery has now been built into Google Earth which makes for some fun virtual exploring around town. Check out some of Queenstown’s most popular attractions from your living room:
4. Support local businesses
If you are in a position to do so, you can support your favourite Queenstown businesses here.