Queenstown, New Zealand

Having travelled to Queenstown four times and my husband six, we know a thing or two about this extraordinary town. My husband has been an avid snowboarder for years, and after getting married I decided it was time I picked up a snowboard myself or I’d spend the rest of my life getting ‘left behind’ during his annual migration to the snow. Queenstown is also the first place that we took Ari to. It’s a short three-hour flight from Brisbane, and with only a two-hour time difference was the perfect destination to introduce our family to international travel. Having visited Queenstown with and without children we’ve witness the versatility that this destination offers, so here is….

‘My Best of Queenstown!”

  1. Best family friendly restaurant – Flames
  2. Best fine dining – Botswana Butcher
  3. Best quick bite – Ferg Burger
  4. Best breakfast – Yonder
  5. Best cute cafe – The Bathhouse Cafe, Bar and restaurant
  6. Best dessert – Patagonia
  7. Best restaurant and bar combined – Winnie’s
  8. Best rooftop bar – Surreal
  9. Best bar for a dance – World Bar
  10. Best unique bar – Minus Five Ice Bar
  11. Best relaxing day – A visit to Gibbston Winery
  12. Best for couples – Onsen Hot Pools
  13. Best adrenaline off the snow – AJ Hackett Bungy and Bungy Swing
  14. Best family friendly activity – Ride up the Skyline Gondola for buffet lunch and Luge
  15. Best activity for bigger kids – Ziptrek or Shotover Jet Boat Ride
  16. Best mountain for boarding – Treblecone
  17. Best family friendly hill – Cardrona
  18. Best accommodation for families – Air BnB
  19. Best hotel all round – NOVOTEL
  20. Best way to get around – Hire a car with Ace Car Rentals


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