As I was leaving Wanaka (a city that I fell in love with), I was sure I’d fall in love with Queenstown, too. But I didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. Queenstown is a beautiful city. But perhaps it was way too touristy for me.
I preferred Wanaka to Queenstown. Wanaka was quiet, peaceful and less touristy.
And while I considered skydiving in Wanaka, I chickened out. So there was no way I was going to jump off of anything while in Queenstown.
I didn’t get that fall-in-love feeling from Queenstown. It’s a beautiful city filled with more tourist than locals and I think that turned me off a bit.
I was in Queenstown for almost a week and I don’t remember doing much. I remember I didn’t get much sleep as my roommates in my hostel room were always noisy. There were some hiking spots that I was considering checking out but I decided not to hike while in Queenstown (I think I was still recovering from Roys Peak in Wanaka!)
One day I took a day trip to Milford Sound (blog post on this later), but the rest of the time I just walked around admiring the scenery, and just ate a lot. One evening I took a free yoga stretch class at Lululemon and afterwards they offered us free beer. I would have been happy if the beer was wine as I’ve never developed a taste for beer. I just took a few sips and pretended that I was enjoying it and then nonchalantly placed it on a counter top and slowly walked away. (Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.)
If you’re into adventure sports such as skydiving or bungee jumping, then Queenstown is a good place to go. If you’re a scaredy cat like me, then save the money and spend it on a spa treatment (blog post on this later)!
But, honestly, you can find adventure sports anywhere in New Zealand. And I imagine since Queenstown is a touristy city, prices are higher for adventure sports than other parts in New Zealand, just FYI.
PS: They also have a popular burger place called Fergburger and I was curious to try their veggie burger but their lines were always so long and I didn’t have the patience to wait in line.
Anyway, Queenstown was just not my cup of tea.