Once you’ve stopped by to see the glaciers, you are going to be taking quite a long drive (5 hours) to Queenstown. You will continue to take highway 6 down the coast through Haast and toward inland to Wanaka. Don’t worry, for the sake of the trip it’s better to wait for Wanaka after Queenstown to cut up the driving time a little bit. You will pass through one of the nicest drives of New Zealand in the Wakitipu Region. This 60 minute drive is absolutely incredible and one of the most memorable of your trip.
Arriving in Queenstown is unlike any other place in this world. One look up and you will see paragliders from Coronot Peak, bungee jump and jet boat signs posted outside every hostel corner that will make you want to indulge your inner adrenaline junky, and an a vibe that will make you want to extend your stay for another 2 weeks. Once you're situated in your accommodation, consider doing one of the many exciting activities Queenstown has to offer.
Any Adrenaline Activity: If you ever had any sort of inclination to try something far out of your comfort zone, Queenstown is the place to do it. Whether it be a bungee jump, jet boat ride, or sky/paragliding, you will most likely find somewhere to try it out. Our suggestion is to talk to your hostel and see what they say is the best, most cost efficient company. If you're lucky, you might just be asked to be a "test dummy" for jet boat ride when they're training their new driviers (meaning you get a free ride!)
Milford Sound Day Trip
Hike Moke Lake
Hike Mt. Crichton
Bob’s Cove: Right before the turn off to Mt. Crichton, a sign pointing down to Bob's Cove will lead to a beachfront area with a dock to run and jump off. During the Spring and Summer months, you can find locals and people from Queenstown catching some sun and relaxing by the water here during their time off work.
Queenstown Skyline: For around 30 NZD you can take the skyline gondola up to Bob's Peak for the day where they offer a restaurant and beautiful view. Once at the top, you can take one of the two skyline luge tracks down. The best part: you have the pass for the day and can do it all over again.
Accommodations in Queenstown
Given its popularity , Queenstown offers a plethora of hotels, hostels, apartments and AirBnB options so finding a place for your 3 nights here wont be an issue. Some hostels we suggest are YHA Lakefront if you're looking for a quieter place right outside of town or Nomads Hostel if you're looking for a party hostile. For more accommodation options, look at the map below. For price and availability, look at Booking.com. If you're interested in renting an Airbnb, click here.
Food Options in Queenstown
Home to the famous "Fergburger" and more, Queenstown have a range of food options that will fill any craving. Furthermore, there are small cafe's that line the lake side where you can sit down and enjoy the scenery. While eating out is a little more expensive here due to its popularity, you can find something that fits any budget range.
For a nice, white table cloth dinner, we suggest The Bunker which offers an array of New Zealand style and international food options. Bespoke Kitchen is a offers a nice option if you're looking moderately priced European food right next to the Skyline Queenstown and Erik's Fish and Chips is a famous local cheap eat for, you guessed it, fish and chips.
Check out the map below for the available options, as well as Yelp for more.
Glenorchy Day Trip
After spending your time in Queenstown, make a day trip up to Glenorchy (about 30 minute drive) to see the ever-famous Isenguard that you will probably recognize from the 1st Lord of the Rings. The town of Glenorchy is small and quaint, but has some hidden gems such as Paradise Road and the Glenorchy Pier.
Drive Down Paradise Road