One day in Queenstown

Madeline Pratley | Date posted - 26 Apr 2019
Surrounded by mountains, lakes, and trails, Queenstown is the perfect place for an activity holiday, but it’s also home to a whole load of eateries that you’re going to love. If you’ve only got one day in Queenstown, you’re going to need to pack it all in.


Wherever you’re staying in Queenstown, you’ll need to start your day with a delicious breakfast to keep you going. We’ve found a great place that’s right in the city centre so you’re close to everything, and if you need to shoot off for an excursion, nowhere is too far away.

Ivy & Lola’s

Just a stone’s throw from Lake Wakatipu, Ivy & Lola’s is a great local cafe to start your day. Their brunch menu has your usual big hitters, eggs benedict, and a big breakfast option where you can get poached eggs, streaky bacon, garlic mushrooms, sausages, hash browns, sourdough toast, and a virgin mary shot, all for $23.50. Great way to set you up for a full day of fun. The hoki (Hake) is delicious as well, as are any of the amazing fried food dishes available on the menu. Whatever you need to power through your day, there’s a whole host of choices at Ivy and Lola’s. Fun fact: it’s named after the owners two daughters, cue adorable aw.


There are so many activities you can enjoy in Queenstown, most of them are outdoors, here’s a few of our top picks for a fun-filled adventurous day.

First up is the Skyline Gondola, if you’re lucky enough to be in Queenstown on a sunny day, you can soak in the views while you go on a serene scenic ride up Bob’s Peak through the Skyline Gondola. If you’re a bit more active, take some time and hike up to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views in Queenstown.  

Adrenaline junkies stand to attention, you’re in the bungee capital of New Zealand’s adventure industry. The world’s first bungy jumping business was born right in Queenstown, and people flocked from all around the world from the historic Kawarau Bridge.


If you need information any of the outdoor activities in Queenstown take a look here..


Get some fuel in you!

Amisfield Bistro

Relax and unwind at one of Queenstown best vineyards, Amisfield is a delight for the senses. They pride themselves on taking guests out of their culinary comfort zone, whether you’re just visiting for the day or you’ve been a million times, they make the experience special just for you. We’d recommend trying the Trust the Chef menu to go out of your comfort zone.

Public Kitchen & Bar

This place is where the locals go to hang out. It uses amazing produce from the hills, or farmed down the road, or caught just off the coat. It’s the closest restaurant to the lake and you can enjoy the views all year round in their outdoor terrace. Definitely the place to go in the summer. Choose some of their sharing dishes so you can pick at the delicious food while you watch the world go by.


A Queenstown institution. After a busy morning doing some adventure activities, this is the place to go for your burger craving fix. It usually has queues outside the door all day, and even in winter, so be prepared, but their burgers are second to none and loved by tourists and locals alike.


It’s the afternoon, time to chill, perhaps to a bit of shopping and have a browse around Remarkables Park Town Centre.


If you’re having a mooch, you’ll probably need to stop off for a coffee, and our pick would be Yonder. New Zealand is known for its great coffee, the people got rid of Starbucks from their country, amazing eh? Anywho, Yonder has all the things you want from a great coffee place, great staff, good vibes, delicious food, and of course good coffee. If you’re a wee bit peckish, go for one of their salads, or a cake if you want to treat yourself.


Take a stroll along the lake and soak in the views, make sure you make a pitstop so you can see TSS Earnlaw in all its glory.


More food...

Botswana Butchery

Located in Queenstown’s historic precinct with spectacular lake views and signature roaring log fires inside and out, Botswana Butchery is one of Queenstown’s most stylish restaurants. It has a menu full of flavour, and steak. It’s also known as one of the most popular restaurants in Queenstown since it’s opening over ten years ago (so make sure you book). If you’re looking for something to please the carnivores, this is your spot.

White and Wongs

This is the place for the younguns, we’re talking the insta loving millenials, White + Wongs is pretty hip, hop, happenin’ and it’s food is just so as well. Their ‘east meets west’ menu takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand – the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings – and let’s you create an eclectic meal just for you. With everything from massaman to sashimi to oysters, there’s everything here.

Finz seafood and grill

If seafood is what you’re after, we’d recommend Finz seafood and grill, especially with it’s great location just on the waterfront in the upmarket Steamer Wharf Dining precinct in Queenstown where you can watch the TSS Earnslaw Steamship head off on her cruises and keep an eye on people strolling along the Wharf.Whilst specializing in seafood, Finz will also tempt you with cuts of Prime New Zealand Beef and Southland Lamb.
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