Memories of a luxury getaway to Queenstown New Zealand
Luxury getaway to Queenstown New Zealand: It is certainly a historical period in which we live; none of us has ever experienced a pandemic before and we are all trying to get through this period of uncertainty as well as possible.
Here in Canada, we are ending week six of our state of emergency; it seems like everywhere you look there are reminders on COVID 19 and what we need to do for #flattenthecurve; how we should # stay.
So what are we doing to keep busy during this unprecedented period?
I am a big fan of travel and although we are not traveling at the moment; something I have done to help pass the time as well as to put some of my anxiety at bay is to look back on my past travel memories, it has definitely made a difference for me.
Another important item on my list is to start planning, even mentally. I already have my next destination in mind and have started mentally preparing it; it’s part of the excitement of traveling for me, just imagining it and putting it all together is so exciting!
In case you also want to do something, I have put together my most memorable experiences from a recent trip my husband and I made to New Zealand; more specifically, I’m going to focus on my favorite little town on the South Island; it’s called Queenstown and if you’re planning to travel to the South Island of New Zealand, this is a place you want to include in your itinerary.
Without further ado, let me present my recommendations to you:
Stay at the Rees Hotel and Apartments
One of the most important elements of any travel plan is knowing where to stay. I recommend the Rees Hotel located in the beautiful city of Queenstown, New Zealand. This accommodation is magnificent and luxurious; with a breathtaking view of Lake Wakitipu and very well located in the city center, the apartment suites have all the comforts of home and you will not miss anything! The Rees Hotel is a sophisticated five-star hotel with all the little extras and amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel, including a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef and a fabulous selection of wines. Be sure to take advantage of the shuttle service in luxury vans to return from the city center.
Fergburger lunch – eaten at Perky’s Floating Bar
Speaking of going downtown, this brings me to my next must-do activity. Keep the room one day for lunch and go to town; it won’t be difficult to find this iconic takeout restaurant, but be sure to allow yourself enough time to wait in the queue as it tends to be a bit long.
The place I am referring to is The Fergburger; a busy joint known for high-end inventive burgers made from beef, chicken, and other exotic proteins. Next door is Fergbakery, where fresh hamburger buns are baked daily. Now, with your Fergburger, I think you deserve a good view; take your bag and head to the lake where you will find the Perky’s floating bar. This unique bar is actually a boat, it only serves drinks, so you are invited to bring your burgers on board, order your drinks, and have lunch with an incredible view.
A visit to Wild Earth Winery and Restaurant
Next on our itinerary was a visit to the cellar and the Wild Earth restaurant. It is probably one of the most unique places I have been to and I highly recommend putting it on your list. It’s located outside of Queenstown, so you’ll have to drive or arrange transportation, but the view alone is worth it; it is located opposite a spectacular gorge; cross a wooden bridge and discover the beauty of the Wilderness. Plan to enjoy a meal, be it lunch or dinner; the experience of the unique presentation of food is part of its charm and they use ingredients such as wild game meats in their dishes which are very attractive to the palate.
Scenes Safari – Glenorchy – Nomad Safaris
My last recommendation for your visit to Queenstown is to book a visit entitled “Scenes Safari – Glenorchy – Nomadic Safaris”; this tour is phenomenal because of the beautiful landscapes you will discover; although it is linked to the Lord of the Rings filming sites, it is not limited to fans.
A word of warning: if you have motion sickness, perhaps take a dose of motion sickness preventive medication or, at the very least, try to sit near the front of the off-road vehicle, because you will cross very rough terrain on this tour. However, the views you will experience are worth it. I share with you one of our photos to give you a glimpse of the beauty that only New Zealand can offer you.
I hope you have at least enjoyed my memories of Queenstown. Maybe someday in the future, you will tell me that you have taken my suggestions and used them to plan your own special escape to Queenstown.
By Lisa Mallett on May 18, 2020 in Accommodation, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Hotels, New Zealand, Oceania, Regions, Restaurants, Road trip, Specialized travel, Miscellaneous travel, Vacation rentals