Take a step back in time in Arrowtown
A destination not to be missed when the leaves start to turn. Stroll the historic streets, check out the quaint cafes and sneak a sweet at the Remarkable Sweet shop. There are several easy and buggy friendly walks in the area such as the Arrowtown Millennium walk or the Chinese Settlement walk. For those feeling lucky, you can also give panning for gold a go!
Find out where the wild things are
Take the family across the lake to the Walter Peak Farm to see the homestead in action. Watch the sheep dogs, feed the animals and maybe try spinning some wool. Tours include a trip back on the TSS Earnslaw but note that boat will be out of action for its warrant of fitness from mid-May till late-June. On the plus, the tour price is lower over this period.
If you would prefer to stay closer to land, there are kiwis, tuatara and many other native friends to be found at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. With things to see and do in rain or shine, it’s a good idea for dubious weather days. Book tickets online for a discount.
It might not be quite winter yet but you can still let it go and play with the ice. The Queenstown ice skating rink is open again from April 14. It took the manager a month to sharpen the 300 pairs of ice skates for the start of the new season! Once the skates are off, head over to the Minus5 ice bar to dress up like an Eskimo and explore the ice furniture and ice art. You can even have a drink from an ice cup!
Conquer the mountain
The gondola is a classic Queenstown activity sure to bring oohs and ahhs from the whole family. Adding a few luge rides on to your ticket is a crowd pleaser and did you know that you can also book star gazing tours from the mountain? What better way to make the most of early nightfall than to enjoy the milky way.
Alternatively, Queenstown is hot with free and beautiful walks that won’t hurt your wallet.
You can climb Queenstown hill in about 2 hours and although it is not an easy walk, it has very rewarding views. Otherwise, the Kelvin heights track is a 90min return walk that is buggy friendly with beautiful lake views.
Queenstown is home to some very famous food providers. The queue at Ferg burger is worth the wait or, for a quick snack, grab an empanada from Empanada Kitchen on the waterfront. Don’t forget to check out the Patagonia Chocolate Shop which has ice cream and treats to die for. If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the deep-fried red onion wedges or deep fried kiwifruit at Erik’s fish and chips. Tip: Erik’s is officially gluten- free certified and can manage a number of other dietary requirements. Phew.
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