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24 hours in Queenstown

April 26, 2016

If you’ve been to Queenstown before, then you’ll know that 24 hours is not a lot of time to spend there. There are so many things you can do down there, and so many things to see. Jeremy and I have been there a couple of times before, the last time we were there we got engaged. This time we went because we managed to grab really cheap flights, and thought ‘why not’?


We left Wellington around 9am in the morning after having a bit of breakfast in the Koru Lounge. Funnily enough, we ran into Jeremy’s brother and his family there so we spent some time chatting to them, and I got myself some baby cuddles!


We arrived in Queenstown and headed straight to Go Rentals where we picked up our rental car. We only paid for Jeremy to drive because we wanted to save some money on sticking with one driver, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to have some wine while down there or not. Ended up not having any, so could have nominated myself as the driver!


We drove to the place we were staying at. We tried out AirBNB for the first time this weekend, and it was pretty sweet. We could not have asked for a better view, especially considering how much we paid for the accommodation. Much cheaper than any hotel in Queenstown would have been for sure! The hosts were lovely too.


We didn’t spend much time there at first because the room wasn’t quite ready, so we headed into town to grab some brunch. If you’re looking for a good brunch, make sure you check out Fergbaker. Everyone talks about Fergburger, but the bakery is just as good, if not better!

We had some time to spend before we were going to head up to the Luge, so we walked around the waterfront and there was a crafts market on. They had some really nice stuff. We ended up buying 5 photos from a photographer who had a stand there. His photos are absolutely amazing. If you want to check him out, his name is Jason Law. We’re bringing these photos with us to Sweden at the end of the year. We’ll need to have some things to decorate our new place with (once we find one), and we want to have as many New Zealand things as possible.


I started having a headache, so we went back to the house and rested for about half an hour. Then we headed back to town to grab a gondola to the Luge. It was so busy there on Saturday. If you’re going there at any point, we definitely recommend going on a week day, as you won’t have to queue as long, and you won’t have to slow down on the luge track because there are other people in front of you going slower than you are.

That was a bit frustrating, because both Jeremy and I are all about the speed! So much so that sometimes when going around corners, we almost fell off the track!

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Once we were done with the luge, we went to the restaurant to eat at the buffet. We’ve been there three times now and it’s amazing. We’ve managed to get the best table in the house each time we’ve been (simply because we queue up early). The table has the most amazing view.


I ate so much that I felt incredibly bloated afterwards, and kind of just felt like going to bed. But once we had taken the gondola back down, I started feeling a bit better, so we decided to head to the Casino instead.

We both love Casinos. Unfortunately we both lost money, but considering how many hours we spent in there, we got a lot of entertainment out of it. I tried my luck at Roulette. I started off poorly, then made my money back, then lost it again. Typical.

That was it for the first day. On day two, we slept in a bit longer than we had intended to. We were both quite tired, but we knew we didn’t have much time left in Queenstown so we had to get out of bed and head back into town to have Fergburger for brunch.


If you go to Queenstown, you have to have Fergburger, that’s just the way it is. My recommendation is to do what we did and have it for brunch when it’s reasonably quiet. Otherwise you’ll be queueing forever. There is pretty much ALWAYS a queue there, so you just have to figure out when it’s the shortest. The locals recommend that you call them up with your order, ask how long it’ll take and then come back when it’s ready.

So that was our 24 hours in Queenstown. Mostly eating, but hey, there are some really good food places down there, so you might as well eat good food when you can, am I right?

Have you been to Queenstown?

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  • Kristin

    They still won’t show up in my feed 🙁 so i have to stalk your twitter ♡ i like your international casino eating lifestyle! 😀

    April 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      How frustrating 🙁 I’m not sure what’s going wrong. I might have to do some research to figure that one out!

      April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Hey! Can you check your Reader to see if my posts come up now? I think the WordPress team might have fixed it for me 🙂

      April 27, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Christie Adams, Writer

    Great post about a fantastic destination

    April 27, 2016 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thank you. It really is an amazing place. I take it you’ve been there? 🙂

      April 27, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

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