Queenstown Journals

Queenstown: Something for Everyone

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A January 2004 trip to Queenstown by c00kie

Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Queenstown is a must-see destination in New Zealand. The beautiful Remarkables Mountains and Lake Wakatipu make it fun for relaxing or adventure.

Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz

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Hotel | "Mercure Grand St. Moritz"

Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The lodge-style Mercure Grand Hotel St. Moritz is a wonderful hotel perfectly situated on top of a hill overlooking Lake Wakatipu. I would highly recommend the St. Moritz because it has a great view, is only a few minutes’ walk away from the main shopping area, the rooms are large and comfortable, the staff informative and friendly, and there’s even an breakfast buffet included each morning. I was lucky enough to get a room overlooking the lake and the aptly named Remarkables Mountains. Each of the lake-view rooms has a small balcony, allowing the sweet-smelling air to gently ease through the window. I could see the passing H.M.S. Earnslaw, jet ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2004

Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz
10-18 BRUNSWICK STREET
Queenstown, New Zealand
64-64-4424990

Boardwalk

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Restaurant

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Boardwalk is a restaurant that's just elegant enough to be enjoyable without crossing the line into being pretentious, while maintaining a very thorough seafood menu. It's also lovely just for the view. On the second story of the steamer wharf building lies this quaint restaurant that’s larger than it first appears. The Boardwalk overlooks Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, at which I felt I’d never tire of staring. The service here was the best I had in New Zealand. My waitress came by so many times, she was practically dining with us, but she was so friendly she seemed unobtrusive. I just had to think about being thirsty and my glass was fil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2004

Boardwalk
Steamer Wharf
Queenstown, New Zealand
(3) 442-5630

Queenstown Gardens

Attraction

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Queenstown Gardens is just a short walk from the town center. Because New Zealand is safe, this makes an excellent romantic spot to walk around even at night.

This small peninsula offers a great view of the town and Lake Wakatipu while being on a small beach. Just a short walk to the other side of the peninsula offers a view of the Remarkables. This is fantastic sight at sunrise. There's also not many people there, so it heightens the romance.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2004

Queenstown Gardens
Queenstown Gardens Peninsula
Queenstown, New Zealand

Safari of the Rings Tour

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Attraction

Safari of the Rings Tour Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Although I am a Lord of The Rings fan, the Safari of The Rings Tour was fun for viewing the landscape alone. They offered three tours: the “A” tour going to Wakatipu, the “B” tour going to Glenorchy, and a tour combining both. I went on the “B” tour and would have liked to go on the “A” tour, but I ran out of time on my trip. I was picked up from my hotel promptly at 8:15 AM in a large four-wheel drive vehicle. Since the vehicle’s passenger capacity is six, there were two other passengers already in the vehicle, and we made one more pickup. We were on the road by 8:25 AM. Even for a small tour, there was a diversi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2004

Safari of the Rings Tour
Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown on New Year's Eve

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Story/Tip

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We didn't know how great a choice we'd made, but we were in New Zealand's Times Square for New Year’s Eve – Queenstown. Knowing that I would be in Queenstown this important eve, I had tried searching the web to find information about the goings-on. I really couldn’t find anything other than “Fireworks at Earnslaw Park.” I thought this seemed nice, but not enough for a whole evening. When we were actually in Queenstown, we noticed that they were preparing for the festivities by setting up two large stages that are on the waterfront. There was lots of live music from before 8PM until after 1 AM. There were thousands of people walking around the street listening to music and d...Read More

Skyline Gondola and Luge

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Luge Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Nestled on the top of a mountain, the Skyline Gondola and Luge complex is probably the first man-made made attraction you’ll notice about Queenstown. If you like heights as I do, the gondola’s slow vertical incline is perfect for taking in Queenstown’s natural wonders. If you can, position yourself so you’re seated facing away from the peak in order to take in the full view. If you can’t, there will be plenty of photo opportunities at the top. If you’ve got “the munchies” while up there, the food at the snack shop when exiting the gondola is reasonably priced and tasty for a tourist attraction. I bought a tart which was about NZ$3.00. ...Read More