A Winter Weekend in Queenstown, New Zealand

A Winter Weekend in Queenstown, New Zealand

We spent a weekend in beautiful Queenstown in July, skiing (and snowboarding), drinking mulled wine and espresso martinis, eating carrot cake, “famous” Ferg burgers and indulging in delicious breakfasts.

Below is my short guide to the best coffee and food spots in Queenstown and some ideas on what else to do in this beautiful town.

We stayed at an Airbnb up on the hill, overlooking the lake and mountains. Such a beautiful spot, I can never get enough of this view. There’s something so special about a lake surrounded by mountains, no matter whether the sun’s out on a beautiful day, or if it’s cloudy and misty.

On our first morning ( we arrived on an early morning flight and hadn’t had a real breakfast yet), we went to Vudu Cafe and indulged in carrot cake along with coffee and chai latte. Not the most healthy breakfast, but it was delicious, and made even better by the view on to the lake (we sat outside and stayed warm with the blankets provided).

For the rest of our time there we tried Exchange Coffee and Bespoke Kitchen (sister cafe of Vudu), which has great vegan options. However, it gets really busy especially on weekends, so you might have to wait for a bit.

On our skiing day we just grabbed a quick breakfast at Ferg Bakery, which was delicious! I went with a vegan burrito wrap which I’ve been meaning to recreate ever since.
After a whole day up on the mountain and feeling exhausted from all the fresh air and skiing (or snowboarding), we ended up at Ferg again, this time for a hot cider and their burgers. We were lucky and didn’t have to wait long at all (which was probably the reason we ended up trying their burgers). I don’t remember the vegetarian burger to be more amazing than other ones I’ve had before, but I remember it being perfect after a whole day in the snow.
A complete Ferg day for us (minus the gelato next door).

If you’re after a very affordable and quick lunch or snack to take with you, try the bakery just across the road, named Queenstown Bakery.

If you love $10 espresso martinis (or mulled wine in winter), make sure to head to Public Kitchen & Bar by the water during their happy hour. We actually decided to give another bar a try as well, but headed straight back to Public Kitchen & Bar when the other place was packed and didn’t have any specials that sounded nearly as good as those espresso martinis. They were so good!

Once you’ve filled up on all the food and drinks and are wondering what else to do with your time in Queenstown, go for a walk along the lake (head a bit further than most people do and enjoy the silence and magic of Queenstown), head out to Arrow Town and grab coffee at my favourite cute little cafe there (Provisions Cafe).
We also went to see a movie at the local cinema. I loved the experience of being in a small cinema that felt more intimate and not as commercial as the huge ones you get in the big cities.
Or of course, go skiing/snowboarding, paragliding, or get on the luge… all those things you can read about everywhere else. ;)
I love just soaking up the magic of Queenstown and the lake, I could spend hours just looking over the water at the mountains, observing life and tourists as they pass by.

What are your favourite things to do when you’re in Queenstown? I’d love to hear.

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