Queenstown Winter Wonderland

After convincing Mr Chandler that Queenstown is not full of pretentious skiers we decided to head there for a mini end of winter break.

I decided to indulge by staying at the Hilton Queenstown. We flew with Jetstar which wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it would be.

Flying into Queenstown is an experience in itself and something you won’t forget quickly.


When we got to the airport our taxi was waiting for us as I had previously booked one online. The trip into town from the airport costs about $40 NZD however the Hilton is only 10 mins from the airport so it wasn’t so expensive for us.

The rooms at the Hilton were spacious we were on the 8th floor so getting to our room the first time was a bit of a mission the first time but once we got used the hotels layout it wasn’t bad. The hotel is entirely designed with warm browns & rich reds. This image is the lounge which had an artificial fire place & a flat screen TV.


The bathroom as seen below has a gorgeous & huge bath tub. The floors are heated which is fantastic at night.20131008-220109.jpg

The view from the balcony was stunning.


After we checked in we took the bus in to the town centre. If you are not in a hurry wait for the water taxi to start at 12.30. The bus took about 50 mins to get to town however the water taxi only takes 15 mins max. Our first destination was the legendary Fergburger.

No visit to Queenstown is complete without a visit to Fergburger. Be prepared to wait as the queues are long. Just grab a table, glass of wine & people watch. Trust me the wait is worth it.


The burgers are huge & good value for money.20131008-225341.jpg After our meal we walked down to the waterfront to take the water taxi 20131008-221603.jpgback as we had a fishing charter scheduled for that afternoon. Queenstown is famous for rainbow trout & fishing for the same.


We used Clearwater Fishing Charter for a three hour fishing trip. It worked up to $165/PP. Craig picked us from the ramp at the Hilton


He was very knowledgeable about the area, where the best fishing locations are etc. I am a novice at fishing but I quickly hooked a fish


For dinner that night we headed back to Fergburger as I was already craving (yes yes I know super greedy) another burger. The queue this time went around the block.

One thing about Queenstown…..it’s super expensive. So eating in a restaurant by the waterfront for two will set you back a couple of hundred dollars.

We had to settle in for an early night as we were off to Doubtful Sounds the next day. Milford was inaccessible due to an Avalanche.

More on the trip to Doubtful Sounds here.

On our last day in Queenstown we decided to have the buffet lunch at the Skyline Gondola. 20131009-213905.jpgThe trip getting to the top was amazing as the incline is so steep.


The food here was ok but the view made up for it. Come here for lunch rather than dinner as the panaromic view of Queenstown is stunning!




And finally in addition to Fergburger the other place you should not miss is Patagonia. They make the most delish handmade truffles. The coconut caramel dark chocolate truffle is to die for!


Queenstown was gorgeous in the Winter but we may return in the summer as the locals said it gets even more beautiful then!



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