Queenstown Basic Information
Queenstown is arguably one of the most fun places on earth. The small village of 29,000 residents has energy and adrenalin oozing from its borders with endless daytime activities throughout the year, quality commerce in the centre, spas offering small samples of heaven and a bold selection of bars driving the night through, only for it all happen again the next day. Here’s some basic information to know before you let loose in the town.
As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday, work and live in New Zealand indefinitely as long as certain terms are met. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up to the minute visa information please contact your local New Zealand embassy. Most other tourists who are residents of a country within the ‘visa waiver list’ can visit as a holiday maker for up to 3 months. UK residents can visit for 6months.
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the New Zealand Dollar fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
Queenstown is well equipped to serve to the hungry flock of tourists it sees every day. The international standard of food presented here is a pleasant surprise especially after an action packed day which leaves all participants with a large appetitive. Local and ethnic cuisines are served by many award winning chefs from lodges high in the hills to cosy lower lying venues. Some restaurants can come with an inflated price tag however eating out does not have to be quite so lavish. The Fergburger is a spruce takeout joint specialising in gourmet treats and is conveniently opened 21 hours a day. Look out for the familiar Pig & Whistle where patrons go for a good pint and filling meal. Queenstown is the ambassador for wine in the southern hemisphere and is the most southern town in the world to actively produce wine. To try a tipple, pick up a bottle from ‘Wine Tastes’ located on Beach Street and take a stroll to the nearest BYO restaurant.
Nestled into the mountainous region, a hive of activity is brimming away under the clear starlit sky of Queenstown. Warm open fire pubs are common in Queenstown, creating a warm and friendly vibe to enjoy a glass of local wine. Alternatively, clubs and bars fizz with life in the centre of town and often feature live acts as well as offering special drink rates. On any night of the week there is a party atmosphere in the area, but Queenstown is undeniably at its pulsating best in winter during the ski season. Keep your ear out for the amazing parties thrown by the town’s various ski resorts. There are also two casinos in Queenstown, one located on Beach Street which attracts a young and lively crowd and another on Steamer Wharf which requires a little more dressing up for.