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  • Sandy
    Levin, New Zealand7 contributions
    Green, gold and white. Make sure you hike to the summit to get even greater views! There is also a fairy forest along the way and make sure you look out for wild deer.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • hanniepex
    Auckland, New Zealand480 contributions
    Everywhere is just picture perfect view.
    The lake is very beautiful. It has majestic mountains behind and colorful trees around during autumn.
    Just awesome view frOm any angle . Be it from the gardens, by the shore, by the roAd or by the shops.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • MilmineM
    Auckland, New Zealand504 contributions
    love walking around and through the gardens every time i come to Queenstown. the frisbee golf is a fun addition and a little different. you can hire frisbees from loads of shops in town
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Chrissy
    Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
    Recommend talking time to go up the Ben Lomond Track. It was nice to be out and about in Pure nature. Didn't find the walk hard at all. The views are amazing and worth the hike. Suggest taking the gondola up to the luge and start from there to save the legs.
    Written 23 December 2021
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  • PS00011
    Sedona, AZ218 contributions
    Really fun trail. We walked up and then back down. The walk up is definitely hardest at the beginning, where you have to navigate around roots, rocks, etc. while going up a steep grade. Once you get past that --probably the first quarter of the trail , it is more of a normal trail, but still steep in most places. But really pretty. We got up in 50 minutes.

    At the top, there are great views and a cafe, or just places to sit and chill which was nice.

    On the way down, it had rained so was a tiny bit slippery, but otherwise it was fine. But it is a workout, as you have to navigate down those same roots and steps. Definitely a leg workout on the way down, especially in that final 25% of the trail.

    Really fun though. However, if you're not used to hiking regularly I would plan to take your time and be sure to wear reasonable hiking shoes or sneakers.

    We recently did the QT Hill Time Walk, which is another great short hike in town. That one IMO had much better views plus it was just a slog up the hill, without all the roots and rocks to work around. Both great options!
    Written 12 April 2021
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  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand784 contributions
    Absolutely stunning place, not to far on a gravel road to a beautiful doc site with a lake that so clear we had to swim in it. Cool but not freezing. Inviting place to camp so we will be back - need a little bug spray.
    Written 12 February 2022
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  • GGs Reviews
    Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
    We visited at the end of May / 1st week of June 2021 and expected Queenstown to be very busy but, to OUR delight it was the opposite. It provided the opportunity for us to stroll through the mall and visit just about every shop. It was apparent that Covid 19 has adversely impacted the area and the "please-buy-from-me" look on many shop owner/manager faces left us feeling very guilty and sad.
    Some shops were still very expensive and tailored for tourists but, the majority of shops had excellent prices/deals/specials at the time and we certainly spent generously....The restaurants that we visited in the Mall continue to provide excellent service and food. Shop staff were still friendly and very helpful. So, overall, Queenstown Mall was very pleasant to visit and we sincerely wish all owners/managers/staff well.
    Written 24 August 2021
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  • Alina N
    1 contribution
    Chard Farm winery is an absolute magic place. The views, the wines and the team was absolute joy. We went to this winery for our pre-wedding drinks and were hosted by amazing Pauline. We had so much fun with her: she told us the story of the winery, topped up our glassed with beautiful wine and cracked up hilarious jokes. We loved every second of our experience with Pauline!
    Written 25 January 2022
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  • NZcurl
    10 contributions
    Biked Arrowtown to ‘Bungy Bridge’ with 7 year old and stunning views, great track. Did it the old fashioned way with push bikes, not e-bike, and was easy with ups and downs.
    Written 20 January 2022
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  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand784 contributions
    Super friendly host, we stopped just for a quick look and received fabulous customer care. Lovely spot, beautiful label and fabulous wines. Highly recommend.
    Written 12 February 2022
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    We were driven through a steep windy road, around Lake Alta for beautiful scenery and blue green water, surrounded by mountains with great views.
    Written 3 February 2021
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  • 632jeanettem
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand59 contributions
    Gorgeous spot with heaps of outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy a coffee. Great range of honey and super friendly staff.
    Lovely boutique shops abs even the lous are nice
    Looking forward to coming again
    Written 17 February 2022
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  • PHIL P
    Coromandel, New Zealand264 contributions
    My order arrived today, safe & sound.
    Thanks for your attention to detail when we had the tasting on 30th Mar, was the best of the whole day.
    Will be back when we visit Q/Town next
    Written 4 April 2022
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  • Kayleigh
    13 contributions
    We are locals and hosted a whole bunch of friends for a wedding anniversary celebration. The experience was great from the first email contact. The team couldn't have been more easy to work with, and the experience on the day was fantastic. All of our out of town guests were looked after and loved the whole experience.
    Written 14 November 2021
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  • MissTinkerbelle
    Christchurch, New Zealand169 contributions
    Surrounded by the autumn leaves this clear running water was a delight to be around- there was even a guy fully submerged with a snorkel looking for gold.
    Written 12 May 2022
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