Dreaming of your next summer Escape? From paddle boarding on Lake Wakatipu , tasting prized Central Otago wine, to hiking one of the many scenic trails, Queenstown is calling and your summer Escape is sure to be nothing short of vibrant.
1) Try out Paddle boarding on Lake Wakatipu
With picturesque views of the Remarkables, nothing beats paddle boarding on the alpine lake waters on a hot summer’s day. Over the years, SUP boarding has become a growing trending. If you haven’t yet tired SUP boarding, there’s no better setting for your first go (trust us, you will love it). We recommend heading to our friends at Paddle Queenstown for your SUP board hire. Paddle boarding not for you? They also have aqua bikes and kayaks available for hire.
2) Have a Picnic on the Lakefront
Pack your chilly bin of bevvies and pick up takeaways from Fergburger or Erik’s famous fish and chips store and head to the lakefront of Wakatipu. From daylight to twilight, tourists flock to the beachfront to relax and soak up the sun after an adventurous day out. The main beachfront is only a short stroll away from the central area Queenstown, however, if you are after a quieter atmosphere there are plenty of spots a short drive away- We recommend Sunshine Bay.
3) Hike up Queenstown Hill for Sunrise
An early morning wake up will be worth the views. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because you’ll be in for a treat once you reach the top. This track takes approximately three-hours return, providing spectacular views over Wakatipu basin to Cecil Peak, Queenstown Bay and the Frankton Arm. With Queenstown’s dry climate, we definitely recommend this walk in the early morning to avoid the heat.
4) Visit Charming Arrowtown
Arrowtown is a lovely district approximately 20.5km away from Queenstown. Though it is meek in nature, it can’t help but boast of its beautiful and enticing surroundings which make it such a popular tourist attraction in the first place. Arrowtown has so many endearing features that it’s almost impossible to run out of things to love about it – from its rich heritage of being a gold mining town in the 1800’s to its historic building, restored cottages and multiple activities to do, exploring a city like this feels almost dream like.
5) Taste World Class New Zealand Wine
Labelled as the “Valley of Vines”, 200 vineyards exist around Queenstown which all produce world class wines perfect for wine aficionados and sommeliers. Take a self-guided tour or enjoy a wine tour with guides who will inform you about Queenstown’s grapes and landscapes and how it contributes to the quality of their wine. Don’t miss out visiting the cellar door of some exception Otago wineries- We Recommend: Amisfield, Gibbston Valley and Peregrine.