No Place Like Home


I decided to take a quick trip back to my home land New Zealand during my university break to visit my family in Wellington. During my trip I thought it would be a great idea to head to Queenstown for some snowboarding and sightseeing. If you are thinking about heading over to New Zealand I would recommend doing the drive from top to bottom of both islands, I have done this a few times and I love it, there are so

many hidden treasures within this beautiful county and it has a great cultural background. Unfortunately, as I was pushed for time I could only to fly from Wellington to Queenstown, however this was the view for the 1 hour in the air and I wasn’t complaining.


ACCOMMODATION

When searching for accommodation it can be quite tricky during snow season, after searching the town online for a place to stay the most affordable and best place I found was Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown. The location of this resort is located on Lake Esplanade which is directly on Wakatipu and a 3 – 5-minute walk to the shops, clubs and restaurants, my room had a lake view which was incredible. As you walk in through the door down the small hallway and into the sitting area where there is a mini fridge, tv, two couches. From there you can walk straight through to the en suite which is separated by two big doors, a large double bed, TV, wardrobe, full length mirror, a sliding door which

opened onto this massive balcony and had a direct view of the lake and Queenstown’s most famous mountains, the Remarkables.








FOOD $$$

Baazar Restaurant

I decided to try out Bazar restaurant which can be accessed through Rydges hotel, it serves buffet style food, with the freshest seafood and mouth-watering meat! The desert is incredible, and they also have a fine selection of wines and cocktails. The buffet costs around $80 pp, I am telling you it is so worth it, it is by far the best buffet I have ever experienced. If you are wanting a massive feast after hitting the slopes in Queenstown I would recommend Baazar for sure. Try to go for the sunset too as it has a million dollar view!












Pier Restaurant

I decided to drop into the Pier Restaurant, it was very unplanned, I had worked up an appetite after some shopping. The thing that pulled me in as well was the outdoor setting they had which was equipped with heaters and soft throws to keep warm while enjoying a meal in the crisp atmosphere with a view. If you are heading to NZ you must try the seafood, the best seafood dishes I have ever had have been from New Zealand. I decided to grab this local mixed seafood platter, it was so fresh and excellent to try.



Fergburger and Mrs Fergs

Okay, if you go to Queenstown and don’t visit Ferg-Burger and Mrs Fergs, have you even been?

Ferg Burger creates the most delicious and mouth-watering burgers you could ever taste, they are HUGE and packed full of flavour. Every time I visit Queenstown I always make sure I come here for a feed, especially after a long day of hitting the slopes. It’s a great atmosphere as well, literally everyone goes here, it is a backpacker retreat full of people from all over the world and such a great way to connect and meet people. Next door to Ferg- Burger is Mrs Fergs bakery, here you can pick up some warm freshly baked goods and try out their hot chocolate to satisfy your sweet cravings and bring warmth to your soul and fingertips! The best hot chocolate I have had.


SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

The best months to visit the snow in Queenstown are from June till October. There are four ski fields in Queenstown, all are located within a short driving distance from the heart of the town. You can take your own ski or snowboarding gear; or, if you are like me you can rent the equipment for a small fee. I recommend buying your own ski gloves, goggles and woollen socks online before heading to the snow, these are not provided due to hygiene and can be very expensive if you are buying last minute. I decided to go skiing at Coronet Peak, I prefer snowboarding here as its nice and close to town, 25-minute drive. I took the shuttle bus which is the main rout of transportation to the slopes, it only costs $5.00 for the return fair.


ONSEN HOTPOOLS

If you have been skiing or snowboarding for a couple of days your body will be wrecked! I know mine was, my body was just exhausted. So I decided to visit the Onsen Hot pools, it’s about a 20 minute drive from the town. I arrived at the crack of dawn and became emerged in my own private hot thermal bath tub. The view was spectacular, and the service was incredible, offering chocolates, snacks, hot tea and coffee. You get 90 minutes all to yourself and your body just loves you for it! Quick tip, make sure you pre-book before heading on your holiday as

they book up very quickly!





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