The quick 15 minute drive from the airport to the heart of Queenstown was stunning, The Remarkables behind us, Coronet Peak to the right and the beautiful lake Wakatipu reflecting the stunning surroundings! I had a lovely Taxi driver who pointed lots of interesting facts out to me, including the lake which at its deepest is 400m! And bloody freezing!!
We were lucky with the Weather though, the locals said it is sometimes down to -16•, however most days it got up to 5 or 6 degrees for us.
The village itself is lovely, and we really didn’t feel like we were in another Country, just a beautifully landscaped snow village. We stayed at St Moritz hotel which was cozy, tastefully furnished and had lovely rooms looking over the lake and snowy mountains, plus a short walk to town….I was delighted to see a Country Road and Witchery amongst the Village and the Patagonia Chocolate Shop was lovely!
We had a lovely night out for my Sisters 40th at Pub on Wharf by the water, lots of family joined for a yummy dinner, drinks and a bday cake. Most of the gang had been skiing so we’re pretty tired and we enjoyed relaxing by the fire.
The next day we took a trip to the quaint Arrowtown (a sweet little Old Western Style of town) 30 mins out of Queenstown, we had a nice lunch here at Provisions cafe and a wonder around the snow capped streets.
I headed back for a nap (as that’s what you do when you don’t have kids with you)!! Then out to the popular Botswana Butchery for the most amazing meal! Famous for their delicious meats and very serious with how it is cooked, just the adults sipped wine and enjoyed a very civilized meal and planned the next day’s adventures….
After a lovely breakfast in the hotel, we walked up to The Gondola (after a takeaway coffee from Bespoke Kitchen) and caught the sky chair to the top of the mountain…the views were incredible and the Luge ride looked like lots of fun winding down the mountain!
A wander back through the village to the hotel to pick up my bags and off to the airport…a quick 48 hrs in Queentown but plenty of time to see and do many things (although there were a few more restaurants on my list).
An amazing holiday and now planning to come back with the fam for a skiing holiday! X b
Faves of Queenstown
- Vudu cafe for coffee, treats and lunch
- Patagonia chocolates for sweet treats
- Bespoke Kitchen for coffee and lunch
- Pub on wharf – great food and live music
- Fergburger – ridiculously popular for burgers and after ski hangs.
- Botswana butchery – beautiful fine dining focused on meat.