I was feeling fragile prior to my 2nd attempt to tour the South Island. An impromptu trip back to home have left me feeling drained – mentally, physically and financially. Nonetheless, I wasn’t about to miss out on some key destinations and must-do activities that I had in mind. After resting for a week at Hamilton, travel beckons and off I go again.
The first destination of this South Expedition II is Queenstown.
Queenstown Airport – Do you know it is one of the smallest international airport (but also one of the busiest!) in New Zealand?
I have no idea what to expect from Queenstown, and was certainly unprepared for the beauty that she presented. Surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, the airport has got to be one of the most beautiful places that one can land in!
Lake Wakatipu (80km) – New Zealand’s longest lake & 3rd largest
The following are some travel tips that I’ve learnt along my trip:
Travel tip  The journey between Queenstown airport and downtown Queenstown takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes. If like me, you are technically challenged when it comes to driving you prefer to take the public transport, Connectabus is a public bus service that operates every 15 minutes. It costs NZD8 per adult & NZD 5 per child.
Streetview – An attraction that amuses me. Pay $29 to get frightened.
Travel Tip  Upon arrival in downtown Queenstown, everywhere that you need to go is basically within walking distance. To get a bearing on your direction, do pop into one of the tourism info centers (there are plenty!) and check out on activities that you can partake. Remember, ask and you shall be duly rewarded! J
There’s a variety of fun and interesting shops! 🙂
The only official Cookie Time retail shop in New Zealand! Yummy!
Travel Tip  There are a few restaurants that are extremely popular (for good reasons, of course!). To avoid disappointment, do make reservations early! Some of the recommended restaurants or cafes are:
- Fergburger – Famous steak burgers that can have you waiting for an hour during peak period :O
- Flame Bar & Grill – We didn’t managed to get a seat as it was full!
- Patagonia-Queenstown – Famous for their ice-creams!
- Finz Seafood & Grill – Recommended for their Fish dishes 🙂
- @Thai – Recommended Thai Food (Ps: we tried another thai shop named “My Thai Lounge”, which was good!)
Travel Tip  If you are not into adrenaline activities or have a tight budget, you’d be happy to know that there’s always much enjoyment to gain from a “simpler” lifestyle in New Zealand. Go for a relaxing stroll along the Queens Park (free!) or visit the quaint and fun retail stores along downtown Queenstown. At the pier side, catch sight of the talented buskers singing and making merry. Enjoy!
Travel Tip  If you are travelling by bus to Queenstown from another city (or vice versa), be sure to check if the bus can do a pick-up/drop-off at your accommodations (they usually do!). Some accommodations are about 15 minutes walk away from the central bus stop and trust me, you would not want to lug your luggage all the way! PS: I almost broke my back and arm trying to pull my luggage to the place I stayed.
Nightview of downtown Queenstown
Next up, stay tuned for my fling with Queenstown. More stories, details and pictures on this bustling, fun town!
The above information has been complied based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference. Check out http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/ for more information on Queenstown, New Zealand.
Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!
Thank you for your kind comments and for dropping by. You have got interesting photos 🙂
Hello i have been following your blog for a little while and i love it. My sister is there too doing a little work & travel and she loves it. We are going to find her in Nov and I cannot wait.
What cafe do you recommend for bf in Queenstown and Auckland?
I have been to NZ 3 times a while back and I love it. I am Singaporean too.
Thank you for reading 🙂 It’s a great encouragement to receive a message like yours. Is your sis on a working holiday visa as well?
Unfortunately, I havent got the chance to explore breakfast options in Queenstown but you may wanna check out Patagonia-Queenstown for brunch options. They serve yummy waffles with ice cream, and open at 10am. The ambience is good because it overlooks the lake:) if you can get an outdoor seat.
For Auckland, try Sunworld (http://www.sunworldnz.com/) for super delicious dim sum at reasonable prices. The popular Grand Harbour dim sum is ok but I heard its $9/basket – too pricey.
Actually, I havent explore Auckland much – will be heading there this Sun:) so… hope this meagre info helps!
PS: I’m loving New Zealand too 🙂 and thank you again for following my blog.
Hello! Yes she is there for a month already and is plucking zucchinis at Kaiteria… I just sent her a care package. 🙂
And we are heading up in end october to find her for 15 days.
You are so brave, just like her. I admire you 2. 🙂