Queenstown Journals

The Adventure Queen

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An October 2008 trip to Queenstown by lo7la

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. The birth place of the bungy, home to the oldest and newest commerical ski fields in the country and gateway to some of the best walks in the world, Queenstown is one small city you won't want to miss.

Dart River Safari

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Attraction | "Wilderness in Lord of the Rings Country"

Dart River Safari Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Dart River Safaris offer three different day trips near Glenorchy. You can do the Jet boat option, the funyaks or the Wilderness Safari. Out of the tree we did the Wilderness. If you are looking for Jet boating adventure I would recommend heading to Queenstown's Shotover Jet. However the Wilderness offers a good combination of a 4WD coach, meaning you are on a bus for about an hour and half with a tour guide telling you stories and giving you history of the area. You will stop at any area just inside the park and your guide will point out different film interest sites. Lord of the Rings, Narnia, car commercials, etc. "Look over towards those trees that is where "X" scene was filmed in LOTR. Noti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2009

Dart River Safari
Camp & Shotover Sts
Queenstown, New Zealand
0800 DART JET

Glebe (The)

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Hotel | "Room with a View"

Glebe (The)  Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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If you are staying at The Glebe you are treating yourself. Or you are gathering 8 of your closest friends and are still treating yourself. The Glebe apartments and penthouse suites are flash. Two minutes from the centre of Queenstown, views of the lake, views of the mountains, flat screen plasma TV, fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and your choice of four different bedrooms.The weekend we stayed my partner and I lucked into an apartment all to ourselves. It was huge. Four separate bedrooms, two bathrooms (one was an ensuite to the master bedroom), balcony (with door connecting to the master bedroom), two TV's (one located in the master bedroom), fireplace inside and outdoor fireplace. As you ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2009

Glebe (The)
2 Beetham Street

+64 3 441 0310

Wet and Wild in Queenstown

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Although only one person in our group had rafted before we opted for the more exciting option of the Shotover River. While the day we went in November was sunny and warm it had rained for two solid days before hand. Rafting officals had just reopened the Shotover that day. The day before the river had been too high and too fast. We caught the mini bus out to the Shotover river from the downtown Queenstown business location. This was a short 5min ride. At the Shotover building we were given a short brief on what to expect though out the day and then formed a line to get wetsuit, booties, helmet, waterproof jacket and lifejacket. Down the stairs to change into swimsuites and wetsuits. I'd re...Read More

White Water Rafting

Attraction | "The Best White Water Rafting in Town"

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You have a choice of two rivers to raft down near Queenstown. The tamer Kawarau River or the wilder Shotover River. The Kawarau is aimed at first time rafters or those who might be a bit unsure about the whole rafting experience. The river grade for the rapids is a 2-3. The shotover boasts rapids at grades 4-5. They both cost the same at $169 per person for a half a day (about 4.5hrs).A mini bus takes you out to the Shotover river from the downtown Queenstown business location. You can opt to meet them at the Shotover location if you have your own transport. This was a short 5min ride. At the Shotover building you are given a short brief on what to expect though-out the day and then given ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2009

White Water Rafting
Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand

Dux de Lux

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Restaurant | "Great Local Made Beers"

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I haven't really eaten at the Dux de Lux. My culinary experience here consists of a bowl of chips and a bowl of wedges. However everytime I've been in the food has looked good, if that's any consolation.What I want to review are the beers. The specially made micro-brewed beers for Dux de Lux. There are a range of beers on tap made especially by the establishment. The menu takes you through each one describing how you will find the flavor and body and what awards that beers has won. And they have won a few. There are 7 beers on tap. You can get a tasting tray or just dive right in. My favorite is the GingerTom. This cheeky gingerbeer is a 4% alcoholic beverage. Very fresh and crisp on a sum...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2009

Dux de Lux
14-16 Church Street
Queenstown
03 442 9688

Fergburger

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Restaurant | "Burgers Done Right"

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What started out as a hole in the wall take-away burger joint has turned into a local cult classic. Fergburger started out with modest roots, a small kitchen servering burgers until late in the night from a window bench down a small laneway. The quality of the product is what gave Fergburger is well earned reputation for arguably the best burgers in Queenstown.The new location is open all day and all night long. You can sit inside and outside. There are a range of burgers, beef, chicken and veggie you can order from. There are breakfast burgers. You can get yours with chips or onion rings or with a beer.They are made the old fashion way, taking ground beef, making them into balls and flatt...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2009

Fergburger
42 Shotover St.
Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3 441 1232

AJ Hackett

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Attraction | "The Highest Bungy in Queenstown"

AJ Hackett  Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The Nevis Highwire Bungy is 134 metres (440 feet) above the Nevis River. You free fall for about 8 seconds. It is the longest jump you can do in New Zealand. This is not for the those with a fear of heart. But I say if you are going to do it, then do it big. You won't get dipped in the water here, you won't come anywhere near the water. You meet at the office in Queenstown. They call your name and you file into a small bus with several other nervous passengers. It's a 40 minute ride through high country surrounded by sheep. Once you get up the bumpy road to the station you are weighed and kitted out in your jumpsuit. You then go in groups into the cable car and are transfered halfway acros...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2009

AJ Hackett
The Station - Queenstown Bungy Centre - Cnr Camp & Shotover St
Queenstown
03 4501300

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge

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Attraction | "For the Little Kid Racer in You"

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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To even get up to the luge you have two options. You walk up the steep hill in front of you or you travel up the gondola. While the walk is free the gondola ride is factored into your luge package price. Seating for 4 and the view, on a good day, is spectular. You get sweeping views of the city the lake and the surrounding mountains. I would suggest going up in early afternoon (depending on the season) to see it in the light and coming back down in early evening to see it with all the lights on.Once at the top building you walk through and up a few steps to collect your helmet. These may look absolutely ridiculous and once you spot the luge carts you may begin to wonder why you need them. It doe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2009

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge
Brecon Street
Queenstown, South Island Queenstown 9300
(03) 441 0101