New Zealand travel guide: Queenstown

Queenstown travel guide

Queenstown was the first destination that my friends and I agreed to visit when planning our trip to the South Island at the end of last year. Everyone I know who has been to the vibrant town has loved it and thus, I had very high expectations before our visit.

Queenstown is the world’s number one adrenaline capital with plenty of opportunities for getting an adrenaline kick by either bungy-jumping, skydiving, whitewater rafting etc. I must admit that I’m not the biggest adrenaline junky, and I can honestly say that the New Zealand town offers so much more than nerve-wracking experiences. Just take a look at this Queenstown travel guide!

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Queenstown var den første destination, som mine veninder og jeg blev enige om at besøge i forbindelse med planlægningen af vores tur til sydøen i slutningen af sidste år. Alle jeg kender, der har været i den hyggelige by har elsket den, og derfor havde jeg meget høje forventninger før vores besøg. 

Queenstown er verdens adrenalin-hovedstad nummer et med masser af muligheder for et adrenalin-kick enten ved at bungy-jumpe, springe i faldskærm, rafte osv. Jeg må indrømme, at jeg ikke er den største adrenalin-junky, og jeg kan ærligt sige, at den new zealandske by har så meget mere at byde på end nervepirrende oplevelser. Bare tag et kig på denne rejseguide til Queensland. 

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Do

A day trip to Milford Sound

I can highly recommend taking a day trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown. Milford Sound is located five hours drive away, however, most trips leave from Queenstown. Milford Sound offers an incredible scenery – the deep blue fjord, mountains, cliffs and waterfalls that combined make up for a stunning natural attraction. In fact, so stunning that some people call it the eighth natural wonder of the world. Read about my full Milford Sound experience here.

Jeg kan varmt anbefale at tage en dagstur til Milford Sound fra Queenstown. Milford Sound er placeret fem timers kørsel derfra, men de fleste ture dertil går fra Queenstown. Milford Sound byder på et fantastisk landskab – den dybblå fjord, bjerge, klipper og vandfald, der sammen udgør en ufattelig smuk naturattraktion. Faktisk så smuk, at nogle kalder det verdens ottende naturskabte vidunder. Læs om min fulde Milford Sound-oplevelse her.

 

Boatride Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown is located right next to the enormous Lake Wakatipu that is the third largest lake in New Zealand. Going on a boat ride gives you the opportunity to explore the lake and see picturesque Queenstown from the water side. There are several companies that offer boat rides on the lake. We went with Million Dollar Cruise that we were very happy with.

Queenstown er placeret lige ved siden af den enorme Wakatipu-sø, der er den tredje største sø i New Zealand. At tage på en bådtur giver dig mulighed for at udforske søen og se pittoreske Queenstown fra vandsiden. Der er mange forskellige firmaer, der sælger bådture på søen. Vi valgte at tage med Million Dollar Cruise, hvilket vi var godt tilfredse med. 

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Do

Ride the Skyline Queenstown

With its charming houses and incredible surroundings, Queenstown is a beautiful sight. And the best view of the town you get from the top of the Skyline Queenstown. From there you can see the whole town, large parts of Lake Wakatipu, the magnificent mountain range the Remarkables and many other mountains. Despite the gondola, Skyline Queenstown also offers mountain biking, hiking tours, star gazing, a luge ride, a souvenir shop, a café and a restaurant.

Queenstowns charmerende huse og fantastiske omgivelser er et smukt syn. Og det bedste udsyn over byen får du fra toppen af Skyline Queenstown. Derfra kan du se hele byen, store dele af Wakatipu-søen, den storslåede bjergkæde the Remarkables og andre bjerge. Udover gondolen byder Skyline Queenstown også på mountain bike-ture, gåture, stjernekigning, en slædebane, en souvenirshop, en café og en restaurant. 

 

Take the scenic drive to Glenorchy

On the other side of Lake Wakatipu is Glenorchy located, and the drive to the little town is absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s on the top 10 list of scenic drives in the world. On the way, you drive along the bright blue lake and pass mountain after mountain. There are plenty of scenic lookout spots on the route where you can enjoy the view and take photos. It’s good to know that the drive isn’t easy as it’s quite narrow and there are many bends, so you should feel comfortable driving in these conditions and feel comfortable driving on the left. Alternatively, bus trips can be arranged from tourist informations in Queenstown.

På den anden side af Wakatipu-søen ligger Glenorchy, og køreturen til den lille by er fantastisk smuk. Faktisk så smuk, at den er på listen over de 10 smukkeste kørestrækninger i verden. Du kører hele vejen langs den azurblå sø og passerer bjerg efter bjerg. Der er flere forskellige udkigsposter på ruten, hvor du kan nyde udsigten og tage billeder. Det er godt at vide, at køreturen ikke er nem, da der er mange smalle passager og sving, så du skal føle dig komfortabel ved at køre i disse forhold og føle dig komfortabel ved at køre i venstre side. Alternativt kan busture blive arrangeret fra turistinformationerne i Queenstown. 

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Eat

Cookie Bar

If you’ve got a sweet tooth as I do, there is a high chance you will love this place. Cookie Bar is like an ice cream shop but instead of serving ice cream they serve all kinds of cookies – from cookie shakes to cookie dough cones. The latter is highly recommended!

Hvis du har en sød tand, ligesom jeg har, så er der stor sansynlighed for, at du vil elske dette sted. Cookie Bar fungerer ligesom en isbutik, men i stedet for at sælge is, sælger de cookies i alle afskygninger – fra cookie-shakes til kagedej i vafler. Sidstnævnte er meget anbefalelsesværdigt!

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Fergburger

No visit to Queenstown without having a burger at Fergburger. Fergburger might be the most famous burger joint in the world, and everyone I know who has been to Queenstown has recommended this place. You might have to wait in the queue for a long time, more than an hour is not uncommon, but I honestly believe that the burgers are worth the waiting! Alternatively, try going between typical meal times to avoid waiting for too long.

Intet besøg til Queenstown uden en burger fra Fergburger. Fergburger er muligvis den mest kendte burgerrestaurant i verden, og alle jeg kender, der har været i Queenstown har anbefalet dette sted. Du får formentlig lov at stå i kø, og en times ventetid er ikke unormalt, tilgengæld så mener jeg ærligt, at burgerne er ventetiden værd! Alternativt kan du forsøge at komme mellem typiske spisetider for at undgå for meget ventetid. 

42 Shotover Street, Queenstown (www)
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 Eat

Farreli’s Trattoria

You find the best Italian at Farreli’s Trattoria. They serve a variety of classic dishes such as pizza and pasta and a few other traditional mains. I had their Fettuccine Zafferano with saffron-infused fettuccine and clams and mussels, which was one of the best meals I got in New Zealand!

Du finder det bedste italienske hos Farreli’s Trattoria. De serverer en masse klassiske retter så som pizza og pasta og nogle få andre traditionelle hovedretter. Jeg fik deres Fettuccine Zafferano med safran-fettuccine og muslinger, hvilket var et af de bedste måltider jeg fik i New Zealand! 

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Halo

Halo is a great restaurant that is specialised in tapas style dishes. Try a few of their delicious sharing dishes that vary from potato bravas and greens to hot smoked salmon and chorizo or indulge in your own main course. Regardless of your choice, you won’t be disappointed.

Halo er en skøn restaurant, der er specialiceret i tapas-retter. Prøv en række af deres lækre delevenlige retter, der varierer fra potato bravas og grønt til varmrøget laks og chorizo eller sæt tænderne i din egen hovedret. Uanset dit valg vil du ikke blive skuffet. 

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Eat

Vudu Cafe & Larder

You find the best breakfast and lunch dishes in Queenstown at Vudu Cafe & Larder. They serve a variety of delicious dishes that are all so pretty that they could easily end up on your Instagram. I had their free-range eggs that took me a while to decide because everything on the menu looked so amazing. However, I was very satisfied.

Du finder de bedste morgenmads- og frokostretter i Queenstown hos Vudu Cafe & Larder. De serverer en masse lækre retter, der alle er så fine, at de nemt kan ende op på din Instagram. Jeg fik deres free range eggs, der tog mig lang tid at vælge fordi alt på menukortet så så godt ud. Jeg var dog meget tilfreds.

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Yonder

Yonder is a nice and vibrant restaurant that serves great brunch and dinner. The people behind are specialised in healthy food and create tasty dishes to perfection. In addition, they also focus on dietary requirements, so if you’re allergic or doesn’t eat specific types of food, Yonder is the place for you.

Yonder er en hyggelig restaurant, der serverer fantastisk brunch og aftensmad. Folkene bag er specialiseret i sund mad og kreerer smagfulde retter til perfektion. Derudover fokuserere de også på specifikke kostbehov, så hvis du er allergikker eller ikke spiser specifikke typer mad, så er Yonder stedet for dig. 

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Eat & drink

The Winery

The Winery is a wine bar with a great concept. When you step inside you go to the counter and put a desired amount of money on a specific credit card that you can use to taste all the wines inside. Thus, you only try the wines you want. Isn’t that smart? If you get hungry during your wine tasting, I can highly recommend their cheese platter.

The Winery er en vinbar med et godt koncept. Når du træder ind, går du direkte til disken og putter et ønsket beløb på et speficikt kreditkort, som du så kan bruge på at smage alle de vine, de har derinde. På den måde smager du kun de vine, som du ønsker. Er det ikke smart? Hvis du bliver sulten i løbet af vinsmagningen, kan jeg anbefale deres osteplatte. 

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The World Bar

The World Bar is a nice restaurant and bar that is the place to go if you like to enjoy dinner and a drink in a vibrant atmosphere. They have a great menu with lots of tasty dishes and serves a variety of drinks including the famous teapot cocktails. Often events are held at this place varying from live bands to movie nights.

The World Bar er en skøn restaurant og bar, der er stedet at tage til, hvis du kan lide at nyde din aftensmad og en drink i stemningsfulde omgivelser. De har et godt menukort med masser af lækre retter og serverer en lang række drinks inklusiv de kendte tepotte-cocktails. Ofte bliver der afholdt events på stedet, der varierer fra live bands til filmaftenener. 

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Drink

Surreal

If you look for a great place for a late night party, you should go to Surreal. Both locals, people who have settled down in Queenstown and tourists meet here and have a fun time. Surreal has a large variety of drinks, and if you get hungry you can also grab a bite.

Hvis du leder efter stedet for en sjov fest, bør du tage til Surreal. Både lokale, folk der har bosat sig i Queenstown og turister mødes her og hygger sig. Surreal har et stort udvalg af forskellige drikkevarer, og hvis du bliver sulten, kan du også få en bid mad. 

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1876

1876 is a nice and vibrant bar. Inside, the bar is pretty standard but they have a great outdoor area with fairy lights and plenty of tables to sit at. It’s a lovely place to have a drink, and especially if the weather is good it’s highly recommendable.

1876 er en god og stemningsfuld bar. Inden for er der ret ordinært, men de har en skønt udendørsområde med lyskæder og masser af borde at sidde ved. Det er et skønt sted at nyde en drink og kan især anbefales, hvis vejret er godt. 

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