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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
“Skyline Skyrides Gondola gives a 'birds eye' view of Queenstown. At the top there are restaurants, viewing decks and the famous luge (downhill adventure - like a toboggan). In the evening, when the sun sets provides magnificent photo opportunity. ”
  • 53 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
Movie Theater
“A funky boutique theatre in the middle of Arrowtown township. Latest films from Hollywood and all over the world. ”
  • 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
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
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“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
Liquor Store
“Amisfield is a local winery producing Pinot noir and aromatic white wines. Stunning location for lunch, food is amazing and reservations are highly recommend as can book out during peak seasons..”
  • 54 locals recommend
Korean Restaurant
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“The Speakeasy. Feel like you’ve stepped back into time at this upstairs swanky, romantic spot – The Bunker. A big open fire and dark mahogany walls, makes this the perfect spot to sip on tipple and chat the night away.”
  • 30 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
“Skyline Skyrides Gondola gives a 'birds eye' view of Queenstown. At the top there are restaurants, viewing decks and the famous luge (downhill adventure - like a toboggan). In the evening, when the sun sets provides magnificent photo opportunity. ”
  • 53 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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