In case you ever find yourself lucky enough to escape to Queenstown, New Zealand, make sure you have heaps of room on your camera roll as I’ve compiled a list of things that are totally Instagram worthy to check out on your journey (but social media likes aside, you should still totally check out these places!)
I managed to squeeze all of this in and more (which I will have a longer and more detailed blog post about) during my four day stay in Queenstown.
Onsen Hot Pools:
A quick Instagram search and you’ll find this is one of the most Insta-worthy moments. Picture yourself looking out to the Shotover River, in the comfort of your own private and secluded hot tub. You’ll escape the hustle and bustle of Queenstown township and transport yourself into this beautiful bathing experience for complete relaxation, a perfect way to either start or end your trip with.
I went in the evening and booked a 4.30pm booking which meant the sun casts a beautiful golden evening glow over the surrounding hills and snow in the distance.
Skyline Gondola and Luge:
If heights aren’t your thing, then skip this out, but for a sweeping panoramic view of Queenstown, I reccommend catching a gondola up to the top of Bobs Peak where you will get a stunning 220 degree panoramic view of the scenery below, near and far.
From Queenstown itself, to a view of The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and more, once you’re at the top you get a stunning view, and also get prime viewing for the luge and bungy jumping.
Bring your camera, bring a zoom lens, bring binoculars and bring some adrenaline if you want to experience going on a luge or a bungy jump.
That Wanaka Tree
While technically this isn’t in Queenstown, it still is a quite popular spot on Instagram. A handy tip for this one is to check the weather and check the lake (and also the exact location). Unfortunately for me, the day I decided to visit Wanaka it was wet and there wasn’t much water surrounding the tree, leaving one very little lonely tree in the ground which didn’t really make for much of a perfect shot like the ones you see on Instagram.
And as there isn’t really an exact location, more just a part of the beach, this lead us to drive for a little bit longer than we thought but on the other hand it did lead us to a nice secluded viewing spot (see below), so sometimes ignoring directions can lead you to new places you didn’t even know existed!
If you get lucky with the view from your room, then this can give you a totally drool-worthy shot without leaving your room! Lucky for me, we were staying in an amazing location with stunning views over The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu, and just over looking Queenstown township, meaning I got to wake up to views like this every morning.
Queenstown Hill Walk:
Unfortunately for me I was unable to do this walk after sustaining a fractured toe, guttered was an understatement as I had been eyeing up this walk for a long time!
Quickly search it up in the Instagram location tag and you’ll see why I was eyeing it up! A hilly walk but with an amazing view that would totally give you an amazing shot for your fitspo Instagram account, or just to prove that you did actually do some exercise and weren’t sitting around drinking mulled wine all weekend.
Looks like a trip back to Queenstown is in store for me then, with no injuries this time please!
Depending on where you fly in from, the flight to Queenstown (and departing flight too) is rather scenic if you can snag a window seat. Both sides of the plane will get different views so keep that in mind when booking your seat.
Think snowy mountains, lakes and twisting rivers. If you’re lucky to fly in on a good day with barely any cloud it makes for a great way to get some amazing views. It also makes flying a lot more bearable as you have beautiful views like these to distract yourself with.
If you can get yourself a hire vehicle, road tripping around Queenstown and its surrounding settlements offer for some scenic views.
I visited Arrowtown, a historic mining settlement and Glenorchy, a small settlement surrounded by snowy mountains and the infamous Glenorchy shed. The road trip to Glenorchy makes for some nice photography stops, and Arrowtown looks like it would be absolutely beautiful in the Autumn when the trees are full of golden colour.
I hope this post serves you well and inspires you to travel throughout your own country some more, it’s amazing what your own country has to offer and you just don’t know about it sometimes!