Winter is coming to an end which means that Queenstown will be bright with the colours of spring. There is something for everyone in Queenstown during spring, whether it be on the vineyard, in the sky, flying through the air or in the comfort of a restaurant.
One such activity is the new Down to Earth Wine Festival to be hosted by Queenstown and Central Otago. Crowne Plaza Queenstown is nestled in the centre of everything Queenstown has to offer. We recommend staying a weekend with us and experiencing some of these different options to explore Queenstown. Here are a few of our tips to help you plan the perfect end of winter day out in Queenstown.
Down to Earth Wine Festival
A unique and celebratory 12-day wine festival will give locals and tourists a chance to discover how Central Otago has earned its world famous reputation for high-quality wine. It involves more than 30 winegrowers around the region and promises one-on-one time with winegrowers to offer an interactive vineyard experience.
It moves beyond wine tasting to get fully immersed in the wine culture of the vineyards and in the wineries. The map below points out the selection of wineries that are included during the festival.
Down to Earth: A Celebration of Central Otago Wine from 24 October – 4 November.
Good food is always a perfect way to start off a beautiful winters day, Queenstown offers a great variety of choices for cafés and restaurants. Hamills restaurant is located in the middle of Park Shopping Centre, nestled beneath the towering Remarkables mountain range and bathed in sun all day.
One of the oldest restaurants in Queenstown, established in 1981, with remarkably beautiful Victorian decor is Roaring Megs, serving the best of New Zealand’s Lamb. It is the only restaurant in the area to receive 15 consecutive beef and lamb awards. I would recommended trying the “Rack of Canterbury Lamb”.
Queenstown has incredible views, amazing food and all the ingredients for a wonderful experience. Look no further than Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s contemporarythreesixty Restaurant. It offers you stunning panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and delicious food that will make your Queenstown visit memorable. The succulent pork belly and scallops is incredible as both an entrée and a main.
Energy, Adventure & Adrenaline Rushes
With the stunning scenic beauty that Queenstown has to offer, it has to be explored by land and water.
If you are into adventure sports then strap you harness on and get an experience of a life time. Paragliding and sky diving is a must do in Queenstown. Coronet Peak tandem paragliding & Hang-gliding is centrally located in Queenstown and will lift you to heights of 600 feet to see breath taking views of Queenstown.
Skydive Paradise offers you the experience of mountain peaks tandem and freefall skydiving from heights of 15,000 feet and at speeds of 200kmh. They offer very competitive prices to help attract all those who see themselves as adrenaline junkies
Challenge your fears with AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy. It offers the highest bungy jump in New Zealand at 134 metres above the rugged Nevis River. It is not for the faint hearted.
Real Journeys will take you to the remote, unspoiled beautiful Lake Manapouri, and into the cove to experience the wilderness of Doubtful Sound. Encounter the dolphins, seals and penguins in their natural habitat up close and personal.
After all the energising experiences from the day it is time to relax and rejuvenate with some therapeutic hot pools or treat yourself with a selection of spas and massages. Aspects Day Spa has a great selection of revitalising massages. Choose from aromatic, deep tissue, hot stone and more for 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute durations.
Onsen Hot Pools are the only dedicated hot pool located centrally in the city for you to indulge and unwind yourself. Located on the cliffside it commands breathtaking panoramic views.