Looking for a short trip – either a girls weekend or a romantic getaway – look no more; Queenstown New Zealand is picture-perfect for both. The town offers bespoke and authentic luxury experiences, charmed by the ruggedness beauty of the surrounding mountains.
Queenstown is nestled on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and famous for its wineries, restaurants, golf courses, paramount scenery (For the movie buffs, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies were filmed in various locations across Queenstown and yes there is movie tours). For thrill seekers, Queenstown is known as the adventure capital, including helicopter rides, bungy jumping, jet boating, horse riding, canyoning, sky diving and river rafting all year round plus skiing in the winter!
For an unforgettable experience would highly recommend a helicopter over Cecil Peak stopping at The Ledge for a glass of French.
For a romantic getaway stay at the Hilton Queenstown like no other Hilton, Kawarau Village is Queenstown’s lakefront lodging and dining precinct situated directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Showing off unobstructed views of The Remarkables, the hotel is located just outside of the main town area where you can be delivered by water taxi, cruise or jet boat. Make sure you book the suites that have their own private hot tub outside overlooking the lake (Don’t forget your man!).
And for the ultimate indulgence, I beg you to visit their spa eforea and try the Rest and Restore Body Wrap (bliss).
Hotel St Moritz perfect for a girl’s weekend away located in the heart of town, known for its architecture and style capturing the essence of the alpine landscape featuring live fire places, great bar, nooks and crannies for that girly gossip session.
As I am a burger gal, you must try Fergburger. A hamburger restaurant specialising in gourmet burgers it’s so famous also known internationally in spite of not being a chain and only having the one location, my favourite the Southern Swine (make sure you try).
Wanting a fine dining experience, Jervois Steak House is definitely worth the splurge (and certainly not a restaurant for vegetarians) run by New Zealand’s Masterchef Simon Gault. Who has created some of New Zealand’s most innovative food offerings, try the JHS steak tartare with truffle and parmesan (I’m a sucker for truffle), Wagyu sirloin (marble score 4-5, they even have the Blackmore Wagyu marble score 9+ regarded as the best Wagyu outside of Japan pretty impressive, don’t you think?!) and if your still hungry would suggest the chocolate fondant or crowd of New Zealand cheeses for dessert.
Without a doubt, you will return home tranquil and fulfilled, knowing that you have just had a one-of-a-kind experience in Queenstown.
By Lisha Singh
Image via demo.gumgum.com, stmoritz.co.nz and jervoisqueenstown.co.nz