Queenstown Local Tips

To help with your stay in Queenstown, we've put together our top tips that are based on local knowledge. Our Useful Information Guide provides guidance on a number of travel related services.

Local Tips:

Cheaper Cinema - Reading Cinema on the Mall offers reduced ticket prices on Tuesdays.

Town Centre Walk - Queenstown Hill Walk is a 3 hour return trek that offers one of the best views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. The walk starts from the centre of town on Belfast Street, so no transport is needed.

Cheap Lunch Deals - Many restaurants offer $10-$15 lunch specials. Head to Beach and Ballarat Streets to catch many of these deals. Our pick is My Thai Lounge

Free Wi-Fi - Patagonia coffee shop on the waterfront offers unlimited free Wi-Fi with your coffee. The view is pretty good too!

Best Food Shopping - The Remarkable Park Shopping Centre in Frankton includes the supermarket ‘New World’ or check out 'Countdown' in the newer Five Mile Retail Park also in Frankton.

Best Scenic Drive - The drive to Glenorchy only takes 45 minutes and provides you with some truly spectacular scenery. Leave Queenstown along Lake Esplanade Road and follow the sign to Glenorchy.

Frisbee Fun - Pick up a frisbee and head to Queenstown Gardens for a round of disc golf. The gardens are next to the main beach.

Cheap Drinks - ‘Happy Hour’ tends to start from around 4.00pm. The cheapest drinks tend to be around the Village Green area which includes the Pig and Whistle, 1876 Restaurant and Bar and Brazz Steakhouse and Bar. Cowboys in Searle Lane offers free snack food with your drinks in the afternoon to early evening.

Cheap Coffee and Cookies - Cookie Time on 18 Camp Street. $1 coffee from 8.00am - 9.00am. '2 for 1 Cookies' deal from 6.00pm - 7.00pm.

Gondola Walking Trails -  At the top of the Skyline Gondola, there’s a few good walking trails, although fairly steep!  The Ben Lomond Saddle is 3-4 hours return. The Ben Lomond Summit is 6 hours return and offers the best views of the region.  

Classified Ads - The’ Lakes Weekly Bulletin’ is the local classified paper to search for those cheap property rentals and unwanted items. You can pick up for free in various places around town including the food mall on Queenstown Mall.

Wine Regions - Tour the beautiful wine regions in Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell that are less than an hour’s drive from Queenstown.

Our Favourites:

Sylish Bars - The Lodge Bar and Eichardt's on Marine Parade.

Coffee - Left Bank Cafe in the Sofitel Hotel on 8 Duke Street, the Bathhouse on Marine Parade and the Hole in One in Millbrook Resort on 1124 Malaghans Road.

Dining With a View - My Thai Lounge on Beach Street.