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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Burger Joint
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“To avoid the queue you can phone them with your order then simply go there to the window and collect your meal. Great big burgers, coeliac and dairy free requests are taken seriously. ”
  • 78 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Situated an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, the Gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex. The best views in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular panorama with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peak. But there's more to enjoy than just the views! Get your fix of fun with Skyline Luge, the global thrill ride for all ages. Jump in your specialised Luge cart and take on over 800m of banked corners, tunnels & dippers. Or treat yourself to a delicious buffet lunch or dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar. The stunning views are a perfect match with Stratosfare's menu of iconic New Zealand and international cuisine – from seafood to prime cuts and a wide choice of vegetarian dishes, there's something for everyone.”
  • 54 locals recommend
River
“The only way to experience the Shotover Canyons, see their beauty and feel their power, experience a journey with Shotover Jet, the world’s most exciting jet boat ride. A unique combination of beauty and power, it’s an experience like no other, blending pristine natural landscape with wall to wall canyon action from start to finish!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“Voted best café in NZ a few years ago, the food is divine. Visit its sister café Vudu as well. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Set in a little cottage near the Lake Front. In the upper $$ range but beautiful, tasty food and really worth trying if you are looking for somewhere special to dine. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The 8th Wonder of the World. You can book a bus trip direct from Te Anau or self drive. Please if you are self driving drive carefully on this road!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“A funky boutique theatre in the middle of Arrowtown township. Latest films from Hollywood and all over the world. Very comfortable seats and wine and snacks available from the counter. There's a bookstore in the foyer too. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Great fun, always busy and costs nothing. Grab a frisbee from the box in the lounge and walk around the gardens whilst throwing a frisbee. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Café
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“Great for Brunch - order off the menu or grab something from the extensive variety of cabinet food”
  • 41 locals recommend
Park
“Great local walk on the hill above Queenstown and not too strenuous. Unique photo opportunity sitting in The Basket of Dreams sculpture at the top ... Free ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Pub
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“Best burgers in Queenstown! Awesome beer garden for sunny days or covered and heated for cool or rainy days. Great atmosphere for group dining and turns into a bit of a party later at night with dj's and live music.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Nature
“A great place to visit in Summer! loads of places to stop on the drive up for some panoramic photos of the lake, once at the carpark just a 30 minute hike up to Lake Alta and a high alpine crystal clear lake awaits, take water and snacks”
  • 34 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Love the constant amazement and interaction every time we visit Puzzling World. A truely must do activity.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Fabulous movie theatre with local film Ata Whenua which is awesome (tip, don’t sit in the front row if you get motion sickness). Great blockbuster films too and you can order a wine or coffee to enjoy in the movie ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of Queenstown’s famous fine dining restaurants by celebrity chef Josh Amat ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Cable Car
“Gondola trip to a very nice viewing point with cafe, gift shop and luge. MTB gondola access to the downhill bike park. Hiking option to the skyline building via Tiki trail. Access to Ben Lomond peak.”
  • 37 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Burger Joint
“To avoid the queue you can phone them with your order then simply go there to the window and collect your meal. Great big burgers, coeliac and dairy free requests are taken seriously. ”
  • 78 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Situated an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, the Gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex. The best views in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular panorama with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peak. But there's more to enjoy than just the views! Get your fix of fun with Skyline Luge, the global thrill ride for all ages. Jump in your specialised Luge cart and take on over 800m of banked corners, tunnels & dippers. Or treat yourself to a delicious buffet lunch or dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar. The stunning views are a perfect match with Stratosfare's menu of iconic New Zealand and international cuisine – from seafood to prime cuts and a wide choice of vegetarian dishes, there's something for everyone.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Café
“Voted best café in NZ a few years ago, the food is divine. Visit its sister café Vudu as well. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Set in a little cottage near the Lake Front. In the upper $$ range but beautiful, tasty food and really worth trying if you are looking for somewhere special to dine. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
“Best burgers in Queenstown! Awesome beer garden for sunny days or covered and heated for cool or rainy days. Great atmosphere for group dining and turns into a bit of a party later at night with dj's and live music.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of Queenstown’s famous fine dining restaurants by celebrity chef Josh Amat ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Cable Car
“Gondola trip to a very nice viewing point with cafe, gift shop and luge. MTB gondola access to the downhill bike park. Hiking option to the skyline building via Tiki trail. Access to Ben Lomond peak.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Madam Woo's Queenstown restaurant serves Malaysian flavours in a modern setting for a tasty experience. Food delivery and takeaway options available. ”
  • 40 locals recommend

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