Get out of (Queens)town

12 November 2017 | snap news by Patrick

We can’t pretend Queenstown isn’t a must-visit on any trip to Aotearoa, but we wouldn’t be very good local hosts if we didn’t pass on a little bit of our local knowledge, too.

In this case, that is the local knowledge of some of the lesser known places close to Queenstown which are also mindblowing beautiful – but a bit of a drive away (book yourself a Snap to take you there.)

Milford Sound

Not exactly a secret location, but oh boy is a trip to Milford well worth it. The drive south from Queenstown culminates in some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand to offer. The road winds down a steep gorge sandwiched by sheer cliffs faces, and leads to the remote inlet.

Here, you can board a range of different tourist boats, or hire a kayak, to explore the narrow sound. Cruising past waterfalls cascading from the cliffs and seals bathing on the rocks, Milford Sound is truly otherworldly.

Occupied only by those who work there, Milford Sound is untouched compared to the growing tourist mecca of Queenstown.

Te Anau

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Named after the pristine lake it is situated upon, Te Anau is a small quiet town rich with natural beauty.

Enjoy a Speights and game of pool at the local pub, or head further inland towards Lake Manapouri – a true hidden gem.

We recommend getting up early to catch the sunrise at this lakeside spot, just trust us on that one.

Wanaka

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Sure, it is only an hour away – but Wanaka has a more laid back and relaxed vibe to it it’s bustling cousin, Queenstown.

Still stocked with nightlife and cafe culture, Wanaka has fewer options and a smaller population – but provides quality over quantity.

Close to ski fields in winter and with its own lake for water activities in summer, Wanaka is a dreamy destination no matter the season.

Arrowtown

Explore this quaint village another short drive from central Queenstown. Again, beautiful no matter the season – Arrowtown is a great place for shopping or stopping for a coffee or meal. Try the famous custard square, visit the fudge shop or book at table at The Chop Shop.

You’ll pass Lake Hayes en route to Arrowtown, which looks especially splendid in Autumn. Stop at the lake edge for a stroll, or have a crack at one of the rope swings if you dare.

You’ll also pass the famous Amisfield winery – would almost be rude not to stop in for a glass of something.

Glenorchy

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Take in the impressive lake and mountain views as you drive around Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy.

Endless photo opportunities dot the lake’s edge, making an enticing case for a stop or walk along one of the many tracks.

If you’re feeling adventurous, continue north towards the Routeburn track – home of the Dart River Bridge and scenery which you may recognise from a small film called The Lord of the Rings.

As of 1 December 2017 we have launched a depot in Queenstown. Book your vehicle the next time you head South.

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