Queenstown is a picturesque city that many Kiwis and Ozzys visit for holiday, and it’s very easy to see why. The flight from Auckland was a 2 hour direct flight that deplaned directly on the tarmac. The American equivalent city would be Aspen or Vail since it’s very popular for winter sport activities, but also beautiful to hike in the non-winter months. There are mountains surrounding you everywhere with mirrored lakes and post card worthy scenery. Keep in mind that since New Zealand is south of the equator, their seasons are opposite of ours. April is spring for North Americans, but Fall season for countries below the equator. Pack accordingly! Plus, the further south you go, the colder it gets.
We arrived in Queenstown at 9am and counted our first day as a full day of sightseeing. We stayed at the Pounamu hotel apartments which was very comfortable with mountain and lake views. The hotel itself wasn’t right in the city, but it was a quick 10 minute walk with the perfect balance of nature and convenience.