5 THINGS TO DO IN QUEENSTOWN ON A BUDGET

There are plenty of ways to experience Queenstown and have a great time on a smaller budget. Here are some ideas to get you started...

5 THINGS TO DO IN QUEENSTOWN ON A BUDGET

Queenstown is known as the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand, the perfect playground for a huge range of activities including bungy jumping, jet boating, and skydiving among others, many of which will empty your wallet and weigh down your credit card pretty quickly.

However there are plenty of ways to experience Queenstown and have a great time on a smaller budget. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1: Take a scenic drive. There is so much beauty to see and experience in Queenstown and the surrounding areas.

Take a drive up The Remarkables - summer or winter there are always amazing views and great photo opportunities from the many viewing points on your way up the mountain. Take your time to soak in and enjoy the spectacular vistas.

Discover Arrowtown – This quaint village is a 30-minute, picturesque drive from Queenstown. Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town with many charming artisan stores to enjoy browsing. The old Chinese settlement is free to wander around and imagine what life must have been like during the gold mining era and of course you can try gold panning for yourself in the Arrow River.

Explore Lord Of The Rings film locations – If you are a true Lord of the Rings fan or you just enjoyed the movies and are curious to see where they were filmed, there a many LOTR film locations around Queenstown. There are a range of guided tours available through different providers that you can take part in or you can do some of your own research, grab a map – some of which have the locations already pinpointed for you, and you can go on a film location adventure for yourself.

2: Go for a Walk or Hike. One of the best ways to see the sights of Queenstown is on foot. There are many great walks in the area. Some of the most popular walks are the Ben Lomond track, which takes you up the highest peak in Queenstown or you can hike up Queenstown Hill that leads you through Fur tree forests to spectacular views over Queenstown. For something a little more leisurely, stroll along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, which will also provide plenty of photo opportunities of the stunning surrounds.

3: Play Frisbee Golf. This popular activity is set within the Queenstown Gardens right next to the lake. The 18-basket course is free, all you need is to bring your own Frisbee or you can hire them from the Shoe Clinic on Beach Street. Frisbee golf is a fun way to chill out or get your competition game on!

4: Have fun at Caddyshack Mini Golf. This indoor minigolf course is a great rainy day option and a fun activity for all ages. This creative course sees your golf balls going up a gondola, igloos lighting up and bus light s being turned on. Caddyshack minigolf is a great way to enjoy a challenge or a laugh with friends.
5: Wine Tasting.  Queenstown is renowned for its wine, particularly its Central Otago Pinot Noir. There are many organised wine tours you can be a part of, or you can choose the vineyards you would like to visit for yourself. Many of the vineyards have tasting rooms where you can try out their wines for free or a small charge as well as cafes or restaurants to enjoy.

5: Wine Tasting.  Queenstown is renowned for its wine, particularly its Central Otago Pinot Noir. There are many organised wine tours you can be a part of, or you can choose the vineyards you would like to visit for yourself. Many of the vineyards have tasting rooms where you can try out their wines for free or a small charge as well as cafes or restaurants to enjoy.

Travelling Tip: Check out the discount booking website bookme.co.nz for deals on Queenstown activities such as jet boating, ski passes, Cruises and many others as well restaurant and bar deals. There are often some great bargains to be had.

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