Oh Queenstown! New Zealand’s most picturesque city certainly lives it up every season, but what we love about spring is the endless options on offer. Queenstown in spring is a truly special time of year where your options multiply as the days get longer. The valleys burst with wildflowers and cherry blossom, and long sunny days mean you can spring ski in the morning before heading for a round of golf in the afternoon. Throw in lazy days of après in the sun, eclectic festivals and a town that’s ‘always on’, and you’ve got numerous reasons to book a spring holiday to Queenstown.
We’ve collated our Top 10 Things To Do in Queenstown this Spring.
1# Spring Ski
With soft spring conditions and warmer bluebird days, Spring is the perfect time to hit the slopes. Our four local ski fields are open until late September or early October so it’s worth checking out Spring Pass offers at Cardrona Alpine Resort and day passes for The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. If you’re a first-timer or beginner when it comes to ski, the late ski season will be a treat.
2# AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy
Dubbed as the birthplace of Bungy Jumping, thrill seekers won’t want to miss the chance to “tick” off this bucket list moment. Experience a pulse of adrenaline as you free-fall 43m from the Historic Kawarau River Bridge. If bunging jumping isn’t your cup of tea, you can always spectate from the side line and watch brave thrill-seekers take the leap of faith.
3# Air New Zealand Queenstown Marathon
Mark the date in your calendar, the world’s most beautiful marathon is happening right here in Queenstown on the 16th of November 2019. Whether you’re a first timer or experienced marathon athlete, you’ll certainly run inspired soaking up Queenstown awe-inspiring scenery and pristine lakeside. The Queenstown Marathon offers various race options with distances including 42 km, 21 km 10 km – or 2.2 km option for the kids.
4# Tiki Trail to Skyline Gondola
With the winter chill coming to an ease, why not take the alternative route and walk up to the Skyline Gondola look out point. The Tiki Trail starts at the Gondola base and winds through pines trees and over mountain biking trails up to the summit. The walk time is 1-2 hours return- It’s best to allow sometime time to admire the top notch views and sneak in a cheeky luge ride or maybe five.
5# Trail Queenstown by Bike
For the ultimate adrenalin-pumping biking experience, Queenstown is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola-accessed downhill mountain Bike Park, which opens for the season in late September. For those who prefer biking without the ‘extreme’ sports aspect, and perhaps with an e-bike to help things along, Spring is the perfect time to explore the Queenstown Trail. With over 120 km of relatively flat and easy trails, enjoy spectacular scenery and classic springtime views with sprouting wildflowers, lush green pastures and dazzling displays of cherry blossoms.
6# Visit the Gibbston Valley
Queenstown is ringed by mountains interlaced with award-winning vineyards, so you’ll be spoiled for choice for wine experiences. Immerse yourself in a sensory experience at Gibbston Valley’s wine cave before raising a glass to Central Otago wines at Waitiri Creek’s gorgeous white church. If craft beer is more your thing, swap your pinot for a pint at Canyon Food & Co or Searchlight Brewery.
7# Eat a Fergburger
A visit to Queenstown calls for an obligatory visit to the one and only Fergburger, located just down the road on Shotover Street. Don’t let the long line deter you—you know what they say “good things come to those who wait”.
8# Visit Arrowtown
Located 25 minutes outside of Queenstown, take a short drive to the quaint historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Walk the tree lined streets and be charmed by the historic downtown area featuring a number of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
9# Play a Round of Golf
Home to New Zealand’s most picturesque golf courses, you ought to experience a swing on the legendary green during your visit to Queenstown. With seven golf courses to choose from, featuring state-of-the-art-facilities and stunning alpine backdrops, Queenstown is certainly a golfer’s dream destination.
10# Cruise on Lake Wakatiupu
All aboard the TSS Earnslaw! Earning the affectionate nickname of ‘Lady of the Lake’, this vintage steamboat is a Queenstown institution and must-do attraction. Take a leisurely cruise on the waters of Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw where you can choose to continue your journey with a stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm and see the spring lambs.