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  • Snarth
    Philadelphia518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We found this fabulous garden by accident as we kept walking through Queenstown proper and headed around the lake. What a find! Amazing trees including a giant Sequoia, beautiful sculptures, a forested area where a game of frisbee golf was in progress, and all with stunning views of the lake. A true oasis amid the happy craziness of Queenstown!
    Written 2 June 2024
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  • Mike Nelson
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kinloch Wilderness Lodge was exact what I planned for months - an oasis of comfort that blends cozy & homey with sophisticated & modern at the farthest reaches of the Southern Island in the dead of their winter. Superlatively attentive staff who above all else know how to listen.
    We are all our meals here for three days - the exquisitely pre-set three-course dinner, the hearty & varied breakfasts & the pre-packed sandwich lunches we took with us on hikes. Their cook even prepared the enormous trout that I’d caught on a fly line earlier the same afternoon!
    My family hired the two ecoscape rooms and I slept like a log in the comfy bed & enjoyed delish bedside coffee every morning.
    It took us 36 hours to get from San Diego to Kinloch and it was worth every bit. I’m already scheming on how & when to get back here.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • TheGoodPlace19
    Camberwell, Australia57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a great time at the Kiwi Park! I spent three hours there and attended the Kiwi encounter and conservation show, which were both very engaging and educational. The staff were so kind and welcoming, they were all willing to chat and offer more information. I also learned a lot that I didn’t already know about bees and New Zealand honey which was an added positive. The only downside (which isn’t the fault of the staff or park) is that several other visitors ignored the rules and took flash photography of the Kiwis which was really disappointing - please don’t do that if you visit! I’d gladly come back and bring more people with me, a highlight of my trip to Queenstown for sure.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • Zanna
    Jakarta, Indonesia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The path is clear. It's an easy track in my opinion yet the view is still wonderful from the top of the hill. Perfect place to zoned out and just breath the fresh air.
    Written 25 April 2024
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  • mazza
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time was against me, so I walked up the Tiki trail and then to the Ben Lomond lookout. If it says 1 hour I learnt to be kind to me and double it. So 1 hour on tiki trail is for normal people. It took me 2 hours. Nice and rugged with mist challenges in the first quarter.

    The lookout was great for a light lunch and sunshine.

    I’ll have to come back to complete this walk. Definantly need the daylight for the Real Ben walk.

    If you have bad knees or have trifocals I’d suggest the gondola down.
    Written 30 May 2024
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  • justin c
    Tasmania, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family had an incredible time at Coronet Peak Ski Area! The slopes were perfectly groomed, offering a great mix of runs for all skill levels. The kids loved the dedicated beginners’ area, and we all enjoyed the breathtaking views from the top. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, making our visit seamless and enjoyable. We can’t wait to return next season!
    Written 1 July 2024
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  • HTee
    Singapore, Singapore83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We absolutely loved this! Just a 20min drive away from Queenstown, we were met on arrival with stunning reflections of the surroundings on Moke Lake. We felt like we left the bustle and all our worries behind to enter an oasis. The walk around the lake has some incline in some spots but is flat by most standards. 6km for a full round and DOC pegs it as a 2.5hr walk,
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • world traveler
    Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing experience and very informative. Learnt so much about Queenstown and it’s amazing natural history. Watching the fish in the lake from under the water was a highlight
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • Larissa K
    Auckland, New Zealand187 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience! We had a great time here. We chose the Cliffside pool. Loved everything about the experience. Clean and tidy change and toilet room. Easy walking path to the pool. Everything was well thought out. Amazing views! I would do this again and try the other pool, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a hot pool experience in Queenstown.
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • Laura
    Miami Beach, FL178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a rainy day in Queenstown. This outdoor mall has lovely shops to check out. For the restaurants, most have lunch that ends at 2:30 p.m., and they do not reopen until 5 p.m.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Brendon
    Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to Buzzstop to celebrate my daughter's birthday with friends for the second year in a row. Great service, excellent cheese platter and pizzas, and plenty of space and fun things to do with kids. Thank you for making our day special. Highly recommend.
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Greenynz
    Whitianga, New Zealand14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Again thank you very much for the amazing service I highly recommend anyone going to Queenstown make it your one stop shop Tahuna Queenstown I site Special thanks to Christine yet and Sandy
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • John W
    Fairbanks, AK14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Runs on a one-hour cycle between downtown Queensland and the Hilton at the end of the lake (with two stops in between). Costs is 14 NZD each way if paid by credit card; less with local discount cards. Service is prompt, efficient and friendly. The wartercraft has a capacity of about 25 people; was about half full each time I took it. Given the traffic congestion around Queenstown, this is a great option if staying near one of the stops (including the Hilton complex).
    Written 8 December 2023
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  • Lenny H
    Auckland, New Zealand840 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful to a walk along - either for a brief wander or a much longer hike. Surprise views around many river bends.
    Written 22 March 2023
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  • DanitaKT
    Mckinnon, Australia72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family of four (children 14 & 18) hired electric bikes from Torpedo7 in Queenstown. We had not used electric bikes previously but needed the boost for the 70km+ round trip to Arrowtown. It was awesome! Although quite challenging at times given the undulations. The track is first class. Credit to the council for supporting outdoor activities.
    Lots of amazing scenes along the way- rivers, mountains, lovely houses, views across the lake and glorious autumn leaves. Would highly recommend despite the sore body today!! All worth it!
    A call out to Torpedo7 who were awesome in supporting us, including a flat tyre. They went above and beyond. Their bikes were in great condition.
    Written 11 April 2023
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