Our family magical holiday is almost finished (cue endless tears). It really has been a dream place to stay, adventure and most importantly relax. I listed where to stay, what our travel with a toddler was like on my recent blog here. I’ve now compiled a list of everything we’ve done while here and all the delicious places we ate at. If you’re planning on checking out Queenstown as well, then use this list as a guide and be sure to tick off some of the fabulousness too.
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Where To Eat- Queenstown
Fergburger– Always a huge AF line to wait but it’s super famous and really delicious so it’s worth the wait (we had it twice ahaha). I’d suggest sharing a burger because they really were enormous. About $12 for a burger- Could share!
Fergbaker– Right next door is the most scrumptious bakery. Pick up some treats while you wait for your burger, for breakfast the next day
Mrs Ferg– Right on the water front- Amazing coffee & ice cream
Madam Woos – Malaysian style food that I can’t stop thinking about. Alaska loved the mushroom spring rolls. Make sure you get the squid and also the stir fried pork belly. The flavours are out of this world. About $18 per dish, designed to share
Pub On The Wharf– Must go here! $20 meals every night. They are HUGEEEE definitely could share! So fancy and super yummy. We got the steak and pork belly but we also saw lots of other meals coming out and they were mouth watering and BIG!
Pedros House Of lamb- Literally only one thing on the menu, so don’t walk in looking like a toss-pot asking for the menu (it’s painted on the wall behind the counter ahaha). Perfect meal to take home and eat by the fire as a family. So tender and delicious. $45 designed to share between two (or three in our case). Bread & salad costs extra.
World Bar – Great spot for lunch, near the wharf and super funky. We had a burger and nachos (nachos we could totally have shared!) About $18 per meal
Other places you recommended: Yonder, Toro, Besboke Kitchen, Pier Queenstown
Where To Eat- Elsewhere
- Arrow Town– The bakery- Everything is yummy
- Wanaka – The Big Fig slow cooked meals and a total must have to experience. Also Kai Whakapai was insane! Amazing steak sandwich!
- Glenorchy– Glenorchy Cafe in walking distance from the Red Building great coffee and home made treats
What We Did
Gondala– Kids under 5 free- Adults $40 each. I thought this was pricey but the view was worth it. Theres places to eat at the top if you want to make the most of it.
Onsen Hot Pools– Kids aren’t allowed so this is a must have retreat experience for adults. Make sure you book in advance as this sells out fast $120 per couple for an hour.
Road Trips- Go to Arrowtown and then drive to Wanaka. You could do this in one day and make a day of it. We were only in Arrowtown for about an hour and saw everything. Wanaka has great boutiques and a kids play ground on the water front. We did Wanaka and then Glenorchy but the drive was wayyyyy too long! DON’T DO IT THIS WAY ahaha. If you don’t have enough time then give Glenorchy a miss.
Babysitting Queenstown– Was recommended through our hotel. Booked via email 6 months in advance and Rebecca was so lovely to deal with. She arranged an Australian sitter who was a Pediatric Nurse so had plenty of experience with kids. $25 per hour/ cash once finished. Minimum 3x hours but we were only gone 2.
Coronet Peak Snow Boarding – We had the most amazing day as a family. Alaska and I spent most of it chilling inside the huge cafe keeping warm, while ben had his lesson. During his break we all went tobogganing in the kids area. It’s about $220 for a day of lessons per person, Sass and I were free to go in and watch.
The Shotover Canyon Fox – Awesome experience for Ben and we loved watching. $169 per person + $20 for me to go and watch
Clothes Hire – You can hire everything from shoes, boards and jackets at Coronet Peak. But it’s also cheaper to hire everything in town. Alaskas snow suit was $8 to hire and we bought her little boots for $25 from The Warehouse. I had on a jacket from Jeans West, a jumper, a thermal, leggings underneath trackies and one pair of socks with welly boots. This was warm enough in the snow and I heated up like a mofo in the cafe so be sure to layer.
Take a pram– Alaska fell asleep a number of times in the pram and allowed us to still explore. The town is super pram friendly
Park– Man Street Parking is an outdoor hidden Gem! $3 per hour or $11 per day. We nabbed a spot here everyday. We tried the under ground parking but there’s no lift and about a billion stairs
Instagram – Follow @QueenstownNZ on insta for daily inspo and look up the relevant hashtags to see what others are up to. I got a lot of Inso from seeing what others were exploring
Kids Shoes– We found that the Hubble & Duke Gum boots were a bloody life saver! Honestly just slipped on and kept her warm and allowed her to get messy! (get 20% off with my code MISSKYREELOVES).
Phones– Telstra doesn’t work here so we relied on Wifi. This was hard when we’d go to eat because sometimes all she wanted to do was to watch BING (on ABC app which doesn’t work here at all). So we downloaded some Netflix movies and let her watch those data/ wifi free.
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