The season of summer may have come to an end, fortunately Queenstown is a stunning destination all-year round. With the leaves starting to turn gold and the air getting crisper, it’s a wonderful time to explore one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations. Here’s our Top 5 Things To Do In Queenstown This Autumn:
1# Visit Charming Arrowtown
In its autumn glory, Arrowtown is certainly a photographer’s haven. Located 25 minutes outside of Queenstown, this historic gold mining town certainly comes alive during the autumn months, awakening a truly magical display of changing colours as the trees and foliage turn to red and gold hues. Walk the tree lined streets and be charmed by the historic downtown area featuring boutiques, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
2# Explore Queenstown by Foot
Queenstown is bursting full of many great walking tracks, many of which feature spectacular views to reward you for your efforts. We recommend the Ben Lomond or Queenstown Hill hikes, both easily accessible from the heart of Queenstown’s town centre. The hike to Ben Lomond Saddle takes 3-4 hours, with a reasonable level of fitness is required. If you are short on time, we recommend your take the route to the Queenstown Hill walk, approximately 2-3 hours return.
3# Wine Tasting & Long Lunch
Nestled amongst Central Otago’s glorious landscape, the Gibbston Valley is home to some of New Zealand’s most exceptional Pinot Noir. The great advantage of many of Central Otago’s wineries is being able to perfectly match your wine with exceptional food. We suggest heading the Gibbston Valley Winery for a Wine Cave tasting tour at their wine cave and indulge in a long lunch at their winery restaurant.
4# Step aboard the TSS EARNSLAW
Breathe in the crisp autumn air and take a leisurely cruise on the TSS Earnslaw on the waters of Lake Wakatipu. This vintage steamboat is a Queenstown institution earning the affectionate nickname of ‘Lady of the Lake’, certainly a must-do attraction. Choose whether you wish to take the cruise or it own continue your journey with a stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm, with a guided tour of the farm.
5# ”Tick” Bungy Jumping Off your Bucket List
It wouldn’t be a complete visit to the ”Adventure Capital” without a adrenaline pumping challenge. Queenstown just so happens to be the birthplace of the bungy, so what better place to challenge your fears and “tick” bungy jumping from your bucket list.