Things to do and see in and around Queenstown, Arrowtown & Glenorchy in New Zealand.

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Walks / Hikes

Lake Hayes Circuit

Ben Lomond Track

Full day hike that is a bit treacherous past “The Saddle,” but the views are worth it, and there are typically kea hanging out up there. 100% recommend taking the Gondola to Bob’s Peak and then continuing on from there. * * *

Milford Track

Routeburn Track

Welch Kern / Queenstown Gardens

A quick walk from downtown Queenstown puts you on a peninsula with gardens and a bit of forest. There is a path that leads around the edge of the peninsula, and it also has a disc golf course nearby. * Lookout / View: * Gardens:

Frankton Arm Walk

Very calm, chill walk along the Frankton Arm and away from the traffic. I recommend parking at The Boatshed Cafe and picking up the trail there to walk for a bit towards Queenstown. There are multiple other entry points, as well. * *

Bob’s Cove

Food / Drink


Pretty good burgers in downtown Queenstown but always packed. From what I’ve seen, early morning or around 2:45pm are good times to go. * * *

Botswana Butchery

Fancy, delicious & expensive. * *

The Fork and Tap

Good place to eat/drink/warm up in Arrowtown. * *

The Postmasters Residence

The Stables Restaurant & Wine Bar

Unique Arrowtown restaurant in a stone building. *

The Blue Door

Arrowtown haunt with a hearth and situated in an alleyway. *

The Chop Shop

Glenorchy Lodge

Good breakfasts in Glenorchy. *

The Boatshed Cafe

Cute, hidden place on the Frankton Arm Walk between Queenstown and Frankton. *

Atlas Beer Cafe

Quieter pub just past the Steamship at the Queenstown wharf. *

Pub on Wharf

Mac’s Brewbar pub that always has some sports on. Nice outdoor seating, too. *

Activities / Things To See

Bob’s Peak

Where to begin? Apart from being the starting point for the Ben Lomond track, it also sports a bunjy jump, luging, a cafe, bar, gift store and great views. You can take a gondola ride to the top (or walk, if you prefer), and even take mountain bikes with you if you want to ride them down. * * Skyline Gondola: *

TSS Earnslaw Steamship Lake Cruise

Shotover Jet

This is a fun (yet cold!) experience on a jet boat that can run in 3cm of water (no outboard motor). * * *


Milford Sound

While technically in Fiordland, this one is a big day trip from Queenstown (or Te Anau, if you can stay there, instead, or in Milford Sound itself) that is a gorgeous drive, albeit a long one. If you can’t drive the whole way there, there are small plane rides to / from there that are stunning. * * *


Search around to see if you can find how to get there. It’s a decent drive along an unsealed road that is gorgeous, and you have to ford the River Jordan to get there (4-wheel drive recommended, though you can walk through it with ease). It’s a beautiful area, but don’t expect to see much in the way of humans. You’ll know you’re there when you see the sign that says “Paradise.”