Queenstown Autumn Tips – Concierge Corner

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Updates from the Concierge Corner

The colours of Queenstown Autumn are now on full display and we have checked in with our concierge to get the best tips for your autumn holiday in Queenstown.

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownDiscover Autumn in Queenstown

Autumn has arrived with a suitcase full of sunshine! After what has been not the best of summers here in Central Otago, it seems to be playing catch up in March. With weeks full of blue bird sky days, now is the time to enjoy all of what Queenstown has to offer! So make the most of the luscious weather, head outdoors and get stuck into those summer activities!

Around the Basin Bike Tours

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownA hot sunny day is perfect for seeing the sights, and what better way than to spend it exploring the area on a bike. Use the amazing guys at Around the Basin to hire a bike and sit back as they shuttle you out to those hard to reach areas. They offer a comprehensive range of packages to suit any traveller. Half days, full days or even multi days. The choice is yours. Got Kids? Take them on the Arrow River Trail which heads out from Arrowtown and ends in the Gibbston wine country. You can even watch as keen adrenalin seekers throw themselves off the Kawarau Bungy bridge, the first ever commercial Bungy! If wine is your thing, then why not bike the wineries as well. The freedom and choice are endless.

Biking around Queenstown and Central Otago is becoming even more popular every year. It’s peaceful, affordable and fun. Is the thought of biking around for hours exhausting? Then try our very own electric bikes, or E-bikes for short. Environmentally friendly, silent and allows for those steep hills! Here at the Crowne Plaza we offer half day and full day rentals. You can get out between 30-70 km depending on much you assist the bike by pedalling. Sounds too soft for you and want something a little bit more extreme? Then head up the Gondola with your mountain bike and take on the crazy trails of Ben Lomond!

Milford Sound by Helicopter

Queenstown is not the only place in the South Island enjoying the weather, Milford Sound is also getting a lot of sunshine. This a perfect time to make use of those incredible local flights. So why not treat yourself to an unforgettable helicopter experience. The crew at Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters have numerous tours that can take you to some pretty remote locations. Never been on a glacier before? These guys will get you there. If you’re really lucky, you might get Alfie, their most experienced pilot. He took Sir Peter Jackson with him almost 20 years ago to do some filming for a small film trilogy called the Lord of The Rings…

A Package for Every Season

Save up to 25% off with our your autumn holiday in Queenstown when you book your stay before 17 May 2017. Stay between 28 April – 31 May 2017. Save up to an additional 5% off when you book directly as an IHG Rewards Club Member. Signing up is easy and free.

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Home to New Zealand’s Great Walks

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownThis time of year is also the perfect time to stretch out those legs and take on some of the most beautiful walks in the world. The Southern lakes are home to quite a few! Just to name one, the famous Routeburn track is accessible after one of the world’s most scenic drives into Glenorchy. Start this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park and after a gradual ascent, you’ll pass through a 130 million-year-old beach forest full of mosses, lichens and ferns. How far you go down the track is up to you. There are checkpoints to suit any level of fitness and time restrictions and a wonderful soundtrack of the native birds to listen to along the way! If you would like a bit of guidance along these walks then look no further than the guys at Guided Walks New Zealand. They can guide you on these incredible journeys and have a wealth of knowledge to pass on. Kind of like your own personal Sir David Attenborough!

Where to Eat in Autumn

After a long days trek, you’re going to be fairly hungry right? Your best bet is our beautiful threesixty restaurant in the hotel. Enjoy panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables while tasting some expertly prepared dishes with locally sourced ingredients. There are also some great brand new restaurants that have recently opened up, to add to the already vast number of places to eat in Queenstown. The Grille by Eichardt’s hotel has recently surfaced to provide a vibrant and stylistic dining experience with amazing views of the Lakefront. Conveniently located in the centre of town by the beach, they specialise in locally sourced produce. Another new restaurant worth noting and should not be missed is The Taj, an upmarket Indian restaurant, whose speciality is local Indian street food. It’s unique, different to the other similar venues and has such an extensive menu showcasing exotic flavours you might have never tried before! It may surprise you!

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownEvery day in Queenstown is a surprise, you never know what might be waiting just around the corner!

 

Queenstown Wine: The Harvest Has Begun

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33-Autumn-grape-harvestQueenstown and the Central Otago wine have recently harvested their Pinot noir grape variety. The ideal climate and well suited soils produce more award winning wines than any other New Zealand region.

The warm dry summer has been perfect for grape quality, producing smaller berries with more intense flavours. Wine tours are the best way to experience some of the region’s finest and most well-known brands.

 

 

Here is a list of the most exciting ways to experience wineries in the Queenstown region

  1. Exclusive Heli Wine Flight – Heli Tours Ltd

    Adding a helicopter to any day out makes it incredible. Enjoy a scenic flight over the Gibbston Valley and bird’s eye views of many of the region’s wineries. The breathtaking journey concludes with lunch and wine tasting at Mt. Difficulty.

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  2. KJet Wine Sampler

    Possibly the most exhilarating way to experience Lake Wakitipu, Kawarau River, and the Shotover River is with a jet boat ride! The hour long adventure closes with an informative tour of the Gibbston Valley Wine Caves and a comprehensive wine tasting. Enjoy some of the regions finest Pinot noirs after your adrenaline pumping escapade.

    Gibbston valley winery, Gibbston Valley. New Zealand.

  3. Off Road 4X4 Queenstown: Wakatipu Wine Adventure

    Wine tours don’t need to be slow paced and conservative. Stunning scenery and off road fun in a 4×4 is one of the best and most adventurous ways to explore the region. The personalised wine tour also includes multimedia presentations and several river crossings.

    Gibbston-Valley-with-views-to-Queenstown

The great advantage of many of Central Otago’s wineries is being able to perfectly match your wine with exceptional food browse around these guys. Many remarkable restaurants are in the region’s top estates and offer gourmet selections of local produce on their menu.

Make wine personal this April and leave Queenstown with a new appreciation of our region’s wines as well as some great memories.

Interested in seeing the Queenstown Wine harvest? The next step is to have a look at some of the region’s top wineries. If your interest continues to grow then make sure you look into some of Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s amazing room options and its superb restaurant threesixty.