Calling All Lovers Of Sunshine And Adventure.

The cloudy days are over; summer has arrived with a vengeance – finally!  Say hello to long, languid evenings spent outdoors imbibing your favourite Central Otago Pinot Noir and enjoying a little live music from some local talent (keen for a spare dollar or two).  In the words of Charles Bowden (an individual somewhat more eloquent than myself) “summertime is always the best of what might be”.  Queenstown puts it best espadrille clad foot forward for the sunny season. From numerous farmers markets, too music festivals that celebrate summer and the New Years, all the way back to the classic – albeit terrifyingly enjoyable – adrenaline activities Queenstown’s famed for. I couldn’t mention any Queenstown activities without including the gem that is Arrowtown. Without a doubt worth a visit any season. Read on for my Queenstown Summer activities picks. Let the magic of middle earth’s summer transport you to another world.

A Whole Lot Of Farmers Markets

Take a moment away from the adrenaline packed activities that we know are beckoning you come hither and slow things down. I know farmers markets are not all unique to summer, but, as far as Queenstown summer activities go, they rank up there. Try one of the many markets that come alive with the warmer weather. The Creative Queenstown Arts’n Crafts Market celebrates the vibrancy of summer with an array of visual and performing arts. Or maybe head a little further afield to the Arrowtown Farmers Market. Fresh produce, live music and hand crafted candles are among the goodies that you will find at the Remarkables Park Markets.

Summer Festivities

Queenstown plays host to a number of summer music festivals – as a side note these are not for the sound shy among you. From SHUCKAFEST to the Julian Temple band, these are a few of the  Queenstown attractions unique to the summer months.

Do you ever find yourself pondering deep, deep thoughts… like, what to do in Queenstown on the 31st December 2017? If so, there is only one Queenstown Festival to consider, New Years Eve 2018 . Be among the first in the world to greet 2018. The festival takes place on the lakefront; enjoy delicious food, live music and great company. From locals too international visitors, this promises to be a wonderful night, celebrating new beginnings, in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet – this is a scientific fact (maybe).

Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Scream, Yell, Repeat

Most people will tell you the best things to do in Queenstown are the adrenaline packed ones and they would not be wrong. While you can do these activities all year round, the many water based activities really take centre stage in the summer months because you are less likely to lose a toe from frost bite. From Kayaking Milford Sound, too ‘Funyaking’ with Dart River Adventures through Mt Aspiring National Park. There are so many water based activities to entertain this summer.

It would be sacrilege to talk about Queenstown activities and not mention Jet Boating. For many visitors it can feel like we have more Jet Boat operators than you can count on two hands. Confused? Don’t worry; I have the insider knowledge to set you right.  The best Jet Boat in Queenstown would have to be the most iconic, the Shotover Jet. However for scenic value alone the Dart River Jet is phenomenal. Honorary mention goes to Skippers Canyon Jet – exploring the Shotover River; this is a great family run operation with that authentic Kiwi feel. As a side note, despite the warmth of summer, Jet Boating is still on the extremely chilly side – word to the wise, dress warm!

Fill Your Stomachs

Our threesixty Restaurant  is a great place to spend a long summers evening. Relax with one of our summer cocktails, why not try some Frose?? Enjoy some mouth wateringly good food and watch the sun kiss the day farewell as she sets over Lake Wakatipu. Threesixty is always abuzz with excitement as day worn travellers recount their latest adventures. You might even discover a new Queenstown activity you hadn’t yet considered.


Honorary Mention

Arrowtown is the most idyllic little gold mining town at any time of the year. In the 1800’s miners from all over the world flocked to this little corner of the world to make their fortune. The Arrow River was reported to be teaming with gold. Through careful preservation and clever development, Arrowtown has maintained its historic significance and embraced all things modern. It is a place for foodies, history lovers, adventure junkies and shopping addicts alike. For a unique dinning experience I would recommend Postmasters Arrowtown. Once the Postmaster’s residence this delightful cottage will transport you back to the glory of the 1800’s while giving your taste buds something to celebrate.


My fellow concierges and myself live and breath all things Queenstown. Between us we are a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge, all of which we love to share with our great guests. If you are looking for some insider tips and tricks, then come see us in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Queenstown hotel. We will have you exploring like a local in no time at all.