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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Just ask Jules Lund who went to the adventure capital of New Zealand.

The beautiful alpine village sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by mountains. There is so much to see and do it was difficult for Jules to know just what to visit but he did well, starting at the Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge.

The Skyline Gondola

The Southern Hemisphere's steepest lift carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex on Bob's Peak. The Skyline Gondola is an all-weather tourist attraction and riders sit back as views unfold. Observation decks give views of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, over Queenstown and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks.

The Skyline Luge

This caters for thrill seekers. It has two downhill tracks; one scenic the other advanced. You hurtle 800m down a winding track through trees, around bends and at the bottom, most people hop on the chairlift to do it all again.

The scenic track has a gentle gradient with easy bends and dips and lots of opportunities to take photographs. The advanced track is steeper and is more adventures with banked corners, a tunnel, dips and hollows.

You are in control of the braking and steering system of the three-wheeled luge cart and you can alter your course and speed.

A walking track also give access to the top of the luge with overhead bridges.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

The biggest hotel in town, the Novotel is a great base. It's just had a $13 million refurbishment. The 273 rooms have a private balcony or garden courtyard. Guests eat and drink in Elements Restaurant or the Gallery Café and Bar. The restaurant overlooks all of Queenstown and serves seasonal, modern cuisine.

The Gallery is the place to go for light meals and drinks and in winter a welcoming fire makes it cosy. The wood-fired pizza oven is cranked up from 2pm every day and there's al fresco dining in the garden from 5pm.

Boiler Room

One of Queenstown's hottest nightspots, The Boiler Room plays music from the '70s, '80s and '90s and you can dance the night away to your favourite old songs.

Minus 5° Ice Bar

Most of the time it's important to find somewhere warm and toasty in Queenstown but here's a place that defies that. The venue is made from ice — walls, sculptures, seats and even the glasses you drink from are made from ice. It's fun for everyone in winter or summer.


When you feel like something hot and filling to eat, Fergburger is the place to go. It began as a hole-in-the-wall burger joint in 2001 and is the first-choice destination of late-night revellers. These days it opens from 8am for breakfast and closes early next morning.

Sauces, marinades and mayonnaises are made on site, buns are baked daily and patties are handmade from premium fresh mince. Burgers are huge and fillings are beef, chicken, lamb, venison and tofu.


Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island.


The Gondola ride is around $18 for adults, $9 for children and $45 for a family. The gondola and one luge ride costs around $23 for adults, $15 for children and $61 for families, up to gondola and five luge rides for $34 for adults and $27 for children. It operates from 9am every day.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside rooms start at $99 a night. Lake View apartments start at $251 a night.

Air New Zealand has flights to Queenstown.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne $329
  • Adelaide $402
  • Perth $597

Air New Zealand's Big NZ Shout is on now. Book your flight across the Tasman and receive a New Zealand domestic flight for free. The offer ends at midnight AEST on Sunday April 18, 2010. Conditions apply.

Prices correct at April 22, 2010.

For further information

Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476

Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge>br> Brecon Street
New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 441 0858

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Corner Earl Street and Marine Parade
Queenstown 9197
New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 442 7750

Boiler Room
Steamer Wharf
Shotover and Beach Streets
Otago 9300
New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 441 8066

Minus 5° Ice Bar
Steamer Wharf
New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 442 6050

42 Shotover Street

Visas: Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.

Electricity: 230V at 50Hz using the same plugs as in Australia.

Time zone: GMT +12.

Currency: The New Zealand dollar.

International dialling code: +64.

To find out more about the hot deals mentioned on the show, check out Holidays for Sale.

User comments
Disagree! I have skied NZ and Aust heaps as well as Canada. NZ is overrated but marketed very effectively to Australians. The scenery is exotic compared to the rolling high country of Vic and Southern NSW, however the resort skiing is no better and in fact can be worse than Oz. Both have their pros and cons but really the only place to ski is the Northern Hemisphere, especially as global warming becomes more and more of an influence. NZ and Oz just do not have the altitude or latitude respectively, to sustain snow due to climate change and NZ being so slose to the Ocean as opposed to benefiting from a continental climate, is as fickle as Australia in terms of reliable snow. Good try though.
Thanks Jules, Of all the places to stay within 4 hours of Melbourne, I think we've found it. Looks great for the next family holiday. As always mate, well balanced report for all demographics. Good Job!
Getaway's package on Queenstown aired on the 22 April, but Air New ealands' Big NZ Shout finished on Sunday the 18th of April as you have displayed in your website????? Are we still entitled to a free domestic flight?????

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