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Your Guide to 48 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand


With just 48 hours to spend in the incredibly scenic Queenstown, which is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, you certainly won’t have much time to rest – nor will you want to. Make the most of your little time and immerse yourself! Here’s your 48 hour activity guide to get a taste for everything Queenstown has to offer.


Day 1: Morning Hike at Mount Aspiring


After you’ve dropped your bags at your hotel, change into some comfortable pants and footwear, and be sure to have a quick meal to replenish yourself before heading to one of Queenstown’s most popular hiking destinations. Mount Apsiring offers not only some of the best hiking trails, but also offers some breathtaking views intermingled between the national park’s forests, river valleys, glaciers, and alpine lakes.


Food and Wine Tour: Queenstown Wine Trail


After a long hike, what could be better than an incredible culinary experience with some world-class wines? Take a twilight food and wine tour with Queenstown Wine Trail, and prepare for an entire evening of delightful tastes and relaxing surroundings. You will see three different wineries – each with tastings – and a signature “trust the chef” style dinner at Amisfield Bistro. But don’t worry – there will be plenty of sightseeing in between!


A Nighttime Gondola to Kiwi Haka


If you still feel up for an adventure after your wine tasting tour, take a trip on the Skyline Gondola and enter an adventure into the Maori culture with Kiwi Haka. This place of performing arts offers the traditional song and dance of the culture; be sure to book your reservations in advance, and be entertained in the Skyline complex overlooking Queenstown.


Day 2: Rise and Shine with Balaton Crepes


On your second and last day in Queenstown, perhaps you’d like to walk and enjoy the city by foot. But first you need to energize – grab a quick breakfast at Balaton Crepes, located at 35 Brecon Street, for a delicious and affordable breakfast before starting your day.


A Quick Walk to Artbay Gallery


Just a three minute walk down the road near the waterfront is Artbay Gallery, located at 32 Rees Street, which displays some of the diverse local talents of New Zealand, primarily art and sculptures. This is considered a must-see for an artsy visitors to Queenstown, and with its industrial style setting, the artwork is kept up-to-date and there is a consistent calendar of art exhibitions.


A Relaxing Botanical Garden: Queenstown Gardens


For a continued second day of relaxation, you can’t miss the incredible and peaceful setting at Queenstown Gardens. This exotic botanical garden offers a wide variety of plants and trees from around the world, and is situated right on Lake Wakatipu for some additionally pleasing scenic views.


With just 48 hours in Queenstown, you’ve had some time for physical exercise, adventure, and relaxation – all while enjoying the beautifully scenic town! Have you had enough? Certainly you’ll be extending your trip for more time in Queenstown New Zealand next time around.

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