There’s never been a better time for Kiwis to visit Queenstown and the town’s community is ready and waiting to welcome you for the winter.
The snow has gathered on the mountains and all four ski areas will open to offer Queenstown’s epic winter experience. What’s more, a recent survey of Queenstown businesses showed that 96 percent of respondents would be open for business this winter. Combine days on the slopes with delightful après ski, vibrant nightlife and cosmopolitan dining by night, and give your legs a rest with a day’s excursion to Gibbston, Glenorchy or Arrowtown. Perhaps an adventure in the air or on the water is on the cards so you can take in the scenery and challenge yourself with a new experience?
What are the most important elements to your Queenstown itinerary? Read on to find out.
Family fun: Pack up the kids and watch them experience a range of firsts in Queenstown—first snow play? Tick. First lake adventure on a steamer? Tick. On or off the mountain, there’s so much to see and do, great learner slopes and ski schools for the young ones, and this winter, a bunch of great deals too.
Private touring: The exclusive offerings don’t end in the kitchen. Queenstown’s wineries make for the perfect day off the slopes, and a bespoke tour is available with a private charter for your group. Let your preferences guide you, or ask for expert advice to create the perfect wine odyssey.
Group tours to Gibbston’s cellar door highlights are also available if you’re keen to make new friends.
Sustain yourself in style: You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to après ski. You could easily be here for weeks on end and not visit the same place twice—although a favourite may make itself apparent a couple of days in. Local restaurants are continuously reworking and updating their menus meaning even your all-time favourites will have some new winter warmers this year.
Apartment dwellers also have private chefs on offer to provide a special meal without leaving your wintry home whether you’re celebrating a special birthday, or giving your holiday the sayonara it deserves.
A room with a view: From hotels perched right on the lake’s edge, to high up overlooking the Wakatipu and Remarkables mountain ranges, there’s an accommodation option for all styles of traveller to Queenstown. Looking to splash out on some luxury? The town fit for a queen has that in spades too.
Queenstown’s slopes open days:
Coronet Peak 26 June
Cardrona Alpine Resort 26 June
Treble Cone 27 June
The Remarkables 4 July
Thinking of heading to Queenstown this winter? Find all the inspiration you need, plus awesome deals from Queenstown experiences at www.QueenstownNZ.nz.