The Village / Apres Ski
Bungee jumping, jet boating on the renowned Shotover Jet, an 800-metre fast-paced luge, a ship cruise on the stunning Milford Sound fiord, and a muscle-revitalising session in the Onsen Hot Pools, will all help pile the memories even higher.
Infamous is the nightlife in Queenstown. The funky, multi-level World Bar & Restaurant deserves a stop if you like the upbeat thing, while the mechanical bull at Cowboys Bar compliments the venue’s epic atmosphere.
A range of restaurant options lines the village streets. Botswana Butchery in Queenstown’s historic precinct will treat the meat lover’s palate, while the eyes feast on beautiful lake views. If you’re struggling to stray from the mountain, then the Skyline Restaurant is as much an attraction as it is a sensational dining option (accessed by the Skyline Gondola, 5 minutes from downtown Queenstown).
Local’s tip: Fergburger is unbeaten as the go-to for a delectable handheld meal. This town favourite is open until 5am, meaning the strongest of après-skiers will be rewarded on their early morning stumble home.
You’ll be so submerged in the culture, food, atmosphere and mountain ranges that leaving will truly seem irresponsible. Perhaps ensure your outbound ticket is booked first, or you may end up staying the entire season (experienced first hand by yours truly).