1. Spring dining
The longer days of spring mean it’s often warm enough for a little outdoor dining. Go lakeside with a blanket and a mulled wine or grab a craft beer at a bar, or pick up some takeaways and head down to the Queenstown Gardens.
Menus with new seasonal ingredients come online. Look out for fresh citrus, spring greens, snow peas, watercress, and the first asparagus and strawberries. Foragers will be gathering onion weed, miner’s lettuce, and the young leaves of dandelions and fennel.
Rooftop drinks at Sundeck @ Attiqa
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.
Warmer days and longer evenings mean al fresco sipping is back on the menu. Try Miss Lucy’s, The Nest Kitchen and Bar, Sundeck @ Attiqa, and the Balcony on the 3rd floor of the Crown Plaza, for drinks with a view.
From mid-September, 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 Bike Park.
Queenstown is also at the heart of a stunning network of bike trails, that offer more leisurely riding for the whole family. Hire a bike and explore, take in vineyards, cafés, and historic sights, or book a bike tour. Electric bike hire makes biking accessible for everyone, no matter your age or fitness.
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.
There are plenty of great deals on activities this spring too, so be sure to check out these special offers.
5. 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.
As the snow begins to thaw, climbing and mountaineering becomes an option for those who aren’t so into ice climbing. Warm up on the Via Ferrata, or a climbing wall, before trying abseiling and canyoning, or booking a guided mountaineering trip with our experienced local guides.
Or, stay closer to sea level and head up-river on a fly fishing mission when the backcountry rivers open to anglers in October.
Millbrook Resort golf course
Queenstown is home to seven spectacular golf courses, including three of New Zealand's most stunning fairways: Jack’s Point, The Hills, and Millbrook Resort. These three award-winning Marquee courses make must-play lists for keen golfers worldwide.
Host to the New Zealand Open, Queenstown offers a glorious golf experience for players of all abilities. Spring days are the ideal opportunity to perfect your swing as you explore our variety of courses and terrain.