Queenstown Blog

Queenstowners are a vibrantly vocal bunch so Queenstown.com has provided all its eager local scribes with a platform to voice their amazing Queenstown experiences. Find out what Queenstown has to offer from the mouths of the people who live it every day. They’ll keep you well informed on everything from music, photography and culture to Queenstown activities and sport along with random meanderings and thoughts on this amazing place that we call home.

Let Your Tastebuds Travel The World

Sat 17 Feb 2018 - Tastebud

We know The World Bar for their quirky decor, friendly staff and delicious teapot cocktails but their new menu is one that you are going to want to try as soon as possible. Do not worry, your old classic favourites are still around but cuisines including Japanese and Mexican have been added in a very innovative and tasty way.

Biophilia Festival

Sun 11 Feb 2018 - Lakes Media

Nestled amongst the mountains beside Moke Lake, just 20 minutes from Queenstown, Biophilia's location is as much a part of its unique vibe as the lineup.

Warbirds over Wanaka

Tue 6 Feb 2018 - Lakes Media

Classic and modern Warbird aircraft from around the world are converging on Wanaka this Easter to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

Walking back to happiness

Sun 4 Feb 2018 - Remarkable Wellbeing

Of all the health and wellness options on offer in Queenstown, perhaps one of the most enjoyable, and certainly most affordable, is walking. From a twenty minute stroll through Queenstown Gardens to a multi-day tramp through an undulating rainforest, there’s space aplenty to clear your mind and stretch your body. 

Queenstown Gardens Part 2: From Local Park to Tourist Attraction

Mon 29 Jan 2018 - Queenstown Historical Society

In 1867 when the eager townsfolk set about planting trees in their new Gardens reserve, they were probably thinking of the benefits such a park would have for their fledgeling town. Few would have predicted a future in which the Gardens would contribute to the attractions of an international tourist resort.

An Alpine Summer Adventure Courtesy of Cardrona

Mon 22 Jan 2018 - Team Wanderlust

During the winter months Cardrona Alpine Resort is an immensely popular ski destination, conveniently located between Queenstown and Wanaka. However, when ski season draws to an end Cardona doesn't close, rather it transforms into New Zealand's ultimate summer playground! And whilst there may not be any snow, the breath-taking alpine view remains the same. So, what do you get up to at a ski resort in summer?

After The Trauma… The Forgotten Limb

Sat 20 Jan 2018 - Remarkable Wellbeing

Rehabilitation is great! Getting the strength and mobility back through an injured body part, there is nothing quite like the feeling of a triumphant return. But what about the rest of your body? Who thinks about that?

Local book a must for wellness

Wed 17 Jan 2018 - Remarkable Wellbeing

Locals love living here, visitors wish they could stay… and many do! There are many reasons we love living in Queenstown, not least the awe-inspiring scenery, wonderful food and laid-back generosity of the people. However, over the last twelve months, there’s been a new word whispered on the breeze… wellness.

Mediterannean Masterclass

Wed 10 Jan 2018 - Tastebud

New Zealand is known for its sprawling farmland which houses more sheep than people (fact!) and produces some of the highest quality meat around. A year ago, this selection of locally farmed produce would have excited my omnivorous taste buds, however, 12 months into my vegetarian quest, the number of meat-centric restaurants in Queenstown can sometimes leave me feeling isolated on the foodie scene.

History, Culture, and More Importantly, Wine

Sat 6 Jan 2018 - Wine Life

Queenstown and the region of Central Otago are a mecca for adrenaline-junkies who flock from all over the world to take on some of the most extreme activities on offer. But what do the thrill seekers get up to in their spare time? And what about the folks who don't have the desire to throw themselves out of a plane at 15,000ft? They drink wine of course! 

Biking the Bridges with Around The Basin

Thu 4 Jan 2018 - Team Wanderlust

We're lucky here in Queenstown to have some great cycle trails and summer is the perfect season to get outdoors and see them for yourself! If like me, you're the sort of person who doesn't often partake in bike rides and/or has a knack for getting lost, there are some great bike tour operators in town to make sure you get the most out of your day on the trails!

What is Osteopathy? Not just bones.

Thu 4 Jan 2018 - Remarkable Wellbeing

Although its direct translation suggests Osteopathy to be the treatment of bone diseases, in its completeness, Osteopathy is far more complex. Here are a few common myths I often hear and would like to vanquish for you.

Total Relaxation - The Spa at Nugget Point

Wed 3 Jan 2018 - Team Wanderlust

Nestled 20 minutes' drive from Queenstown's bustling centre, The Spa at Nugget Point is a relaxing heaven for weary adrenaline junkies or for those who prefer bubbles to bungy jumps. What sets Nugget Point apart from other spa experiences downtown is, without a doubt, the amazing view. Sitting high up in Arthur's Point, the spa offers an exclusive vantage point from where you can enjoy uninterrupted views across the stunning backcountry landscape and the crystal blue waters of The Shotover River. After a long week at work, and in need of relaxation, I took my friend on a trip out to Nugget Point and here's what we found.

Cool Down This Summer in Nature's Waterpark

Tue 19 Dec 2017 - Team Wanderlust

With summer here, there's never been a better time to try out one of the many water activities on offer in Queenstown. As the longest established canyoning operator in town, Canyoning Queenstown knows a thing or two about adrenaline water-based activities and they have access to all the best spots to make your canyoning adventure as thrilling as possible.

Snapshot by Lieselot De Brauwer

Mon 4 Dec 2017 - Snapshot

Living in New Zealand, I’ve done lots of road trips, and Queenstown and its surroundings are just stunning. The mountains, the lakes, there is so much to capture. Here are a few of my favourites from the area.

Ma Boulangerie Brings French Flair to Queenstown

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Tastebud

If you’ve ever met a French person, you’ll know they love bread and it’s fair to say when it comes to pastries, they know what they’re talking about. And whilst, like the rest of us, they love a good bargain at Pak’n’Save, they’ll be quick to let you know how much they miss the deliciousness found at bakeries in their homeland. So when Ma Boulangerie opened at The Remarkables Park last year, Frenchies all over town rejoiced. We sat down with owners Marion and David to find out more about the newest bakery in town.

Queenstown Gardens – A Potted History of 150 Years, Part 1

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Three cheers to the far-sighted colonists who in 1867 set aside the peninsula for a public park.

Snapshot by Mark Hannah

Wed 29 Nov 2017 - Snapshot

My name is Mark Hannah and today we’re going on a virtual adventure. Everyone loves road-trips and what better way to show you some of the South Island’s most scenic spots.

A Night of Luxury on the Fiordland Jewel

Mon 27 Nov 2017 - Team Wanderlust

Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the dramatic Milford Sound is one of Mother Nature's finest creations and is often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. Any visit to the South Island isn't complete without a trip to this fantastic region of the Fiordland National Park, and what better way to experience the beauty of Milford Sound than on board the Fiordland Discovery's luxury 5-star catamaran.

Scare Yourself Silly In A Millions and One Ways

Wed 22 Nov 2017 - Team Wanderlust

If you're visiting Queenstown,  chances are you're going to end up throwing yourself off a platform at a ridiculous height. After all, if you're going to do something crazy, you might as well do it in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Tackling the infamous Canyon Swing is considered a rite of passage in the eyes of the locals here, so what's all the hype about?

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