You can do so much more than ski in Queenstown this winter

May 17, 2019
For something a bit more different, enjoy Queenstown's spectacular views with a scenic cruise along Milford Sound. Source: Getty

It’s become known across the globe as one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand thanks to its huge variety of adventure sports on offer.

But while beautiful Queenstown is widely known for its popular ski resorts – which draw thousands to the snow-covered slopes every winter – it’s also a great place to visit for breathtaking views, entertainment and world-class dining. Here are a few of the memorable things on offer:

Enjoy the super-lively entertainment scene

Queenstown has an amazing array of events during the winter season, but the spectacular LUMA Southern Light Project is one not to miss. Held annually on the Queen’s birthday long weekend, the free public event showcases a curated collection of stunning light sculptures and installations, with a focus on transforming space, public interaction, art, culture and education.

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Experience Queenstown by foot

For hiking lovers, Queenstown is perfect as it’s surrounded by towering mountains offering fantastic walking tracks and even more stunning views. And no matter what your fitness level you’ll be able to find something that fits perfectly.

If walking is a passion, you may want to book some of the great expeditions that are on offer so you’ve got plenty to look forward to. You could try the three-hour Queenstown Hill Time walk, which leaves from Belfast Street and offers panoramic views at the top, or the four-hour Ben Lomond walk with magnificent views of Mount Aspiring.

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Taste your way through Queenstown

It’s no secret New Zealand boasts a thriving food scene, and a trip to Queenstown isn’t complete without a visit to its many world-class restaurants. New Zealand’s cuisine is largely driven by local produce, so expect to dig into plenty of seafood, delectable cheeses, a lot of lamb and of course, plenty of wine.

For such a small country, there’s a lot of diversity in New Zealand’s wines due to its differing soil types and varied climates. Why not stroll down the endless rows of grape vines to see where your favourite bottle of wine originates? Queenstown has an array of nearby vineyards worth checking out, such as Gibbston Valley, Peregrine Wines and Amisfield Winery.

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Enjoy spectacular views with a scenic cruise along Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu, an inland lake in the South Island, is known as one of the most iconic destinations in New Zealand — and it has some of the best scenery in the country. With spectacular mountain views, a cruise along Lake Wakatipu is one of the best ways to see Queenstown’s beautiful landscape. 

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Explore Queenstown caves

Explore natural underground formations and caves with a caving expedition in Queenstown, giving you the chance to marvel at glowworm displays and cave formations. The popular Te Ana-au caves, an underground network lit by hundreds of glowworms hidden beneath the mountains on Lake Te Anau’s western shores, are definitely worth a visit.

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