- Bungee Jump at the Kawarau Bridge
For all of the adventurers out there or people that can be talked into adventure make the 20-minute drive from Queenstown to the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Jump. Not only is the bridge gorgeous and the water as blue as can be, but it is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Personally, I’m scared of heights but after doing some research, I found out that this was the birthplace of the bungee jump so I had to try it. When you first get there, you check-in and get weighed. This is to make sure when you get all hooked up before your jump that the cables can hold your weight. Then you walk out to the actually jump point. The employees were extremely nice and really tried to make you feel comfortable. However, I didn’t really have an excuse to be terrified seeing as how there was a 12-year-old in line behind me who was extremely excited to bungee jump.
When I got out to the edge of the jump point, it definitely seemed like I was wayyyy higher up than I thought. But in the end, it was worth it!
Take a look at the pictures I posted below. I definitely wasn’t the most graceful, but hey, at least I can say I’ve bungee jumped.
2. Hike the Tiki Trail to View of Queenstown
There’s two options to get up to the most beautiful viewpoints in Queenstown: hike the tiki trail or take the gondola. I opted for a mix of both. I ended up hiking the Tiki Trail, it’s extremely easy to find– it’s on the left of the base of the gondola and there are two trail options, one for bikes and one for pedestrians. When my husband and I checked online, all of the research showed that this was going to be an extremely short and easy hike. I wouldn’t call it easy but it is definitely doable. It took about an hour and a half to get up to the viewpoint and it was amazing to walk through the greenery. On the way back, we opted to take the gondola, because let’s be real, I was tired. It was a great experience to ride the gondola as well, it took a couple of minutes to get back down. BUT the views of Queenstown were so beautiful. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
3. Have Dinner at Rata
Experience the essence of New Zealand cuisine by eating at Rata. Rata is nestled between buildings and another bar/restaurant. When you walk in, it’s very nature oriented, you will feel like you are having dinner in a forest. Rata’s menu changes on a regular basis but everything we tried at the restaurant was unique and flavor forward. For those looking for a unique experience of New Zealand cuisine, I would highly recommend checking out Rata. It is a bit on the pricier side, so if you’re up for splurging on a nice meal, this is your spot to visit.
4. Visit and Eat at Fergberger
Fergberger was amazing! When we first drove into Queenstown, I saw a huge line at this place so I figured it was pretty popular. One of the days we spent in Queenstown, we walked by Fergberger and saw that the line actually wasn’t terrible so we decided to try it out. They have two entrances, one to order their famous burgers and the other to order at their bakery. All the food here was amazing but the most memorable was definitely the pot pies they had at the bakery, they were incredible. I’ve actually tried to recreate them at home since I’ve been back. Unfortunately, my hunger got the best of me before I could take any photos…oops.
5. Have a drink at World Bar
World Bar was a cool place with a good cocktail/beer menu, food menu, and most importantly, live music. This place had a really cool vibe and was not overly packed when we went. When I was looking at the menu, I saw something called the Teapot cocktail, which looked really interested (basically, the cocktail comes in a tea pot). It looked adorable for anyone wanting to try it out and tasted pretty good as well (I tried the White Lady). But if you are looking for a laid back place to grab a drink, I would highly recommend it.
Have a great time in Queenstown!