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In-Between Bungee Jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand

by Shari Bayer

In-Between Bungee Jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown from Bob's Peak. Photo: Lawrence Murray / Flickr

Queenstown is known for its extreme outdoor activities, which are what attracted Shari Bayer to the small Kiwi town to begin with. In between jumping off bridges and out of planes, she found great food and shopping to cool off that adrenaline rush.

QUEENSTOWN HOTELS

Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Corner of Earl St. and Marine Parade; +64-3-442-7750
Very centrally and conveniently located in the heart of Queenstown on its beautiful lakefront, steps from the best shops and restaurants. The rooms are spacious and have private balconies.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Rd., Frankton; +64-3-450-9400
A tranquil hotel that spoils with comforts, luxurious amenities, in-room fireplaces, and a magnificent mountain backdrop on Lake Wakatipu. It's a 15-minute drive or a 10-minute water taxi ride into the center of Queenstown.

Queenstown Park Hotel
21 Robins Rd.; +64-3-441-8441
A relatively affordable boutique option with cozy interiors designed by local designers Comber & Smith. It's a five-minute walk to Lake Wakatipu and two minutes from the gondola. Ask for the Tower Suite for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Eichardt's Private Hotel
Marine Parade, PO Box 1340; +64-3-441-0450
Private, exclusive, premiere. It's pricey, but with good reason. There are only five suites, each outfitted with luxurious features like super-king beds and opossum fur throws. The service is amazing, and the hotel bar is great for cocktails, whether you're staying there or not.


Fergburger

That's one massive burger. Photo: Rob Berends / Flickr

WHERE TO EAT

Fergburger
42 Shotover St.; +64-3-441-1232
A must-visit burger joint that's become an institution, offering more than 20 varieties of massive, gourmet burgers. You will need two hands to pick up your burger, and plenty of napkins. There will be a long line, and it will be worth the wait.

Bob's Weigh
5 Clocktower Bldg, Shotover St.; +64-3-442-8542
A local favorite for its excellent coffee and quick, casual eats situated across from The Station building.

Post Office Café
41 Ballarat St.; +64-3-442-8238
Another great cafe with a serene outdoor courtyard that serves informal and delicious hearty, all-day breakfast and lunch.

Shari and Josh Emett

The author with Rata's Josh Emett. Photo: Shari Bayer

Rata
Te Nuku, 43 Ballarat St.; +64-3-442-9393
I had an outstanding birthday dinner here. And I reconnected with Michelin-starred Kiwi chef and owner Josh Emett, who I first met at Gordon Ramsay's The London in New York City. Rata, which opened in 2012, is his first solo venture, and he's doing first-class cuisine and service in a quaint and relaxed setting.

Wai
Beach St., Steamer Wharf; +64-3-442-5969
Fine dining with a view? This is the place for excellent seafood and service. Expect to pay for the gorgeous waterfront setting.


Kapa Design Gallery

Photo: Courtesy of Kapa Design Gallery

WHERE TO SHOP

Kapa Design Gallery
29 Rees St.; +64-3-442-4041
A quaint neighborhood shop showcasing talented New Zealand artists and their beautiful jewelry, ceramics, prints and glassware. Excellent for Kiwi souvenirs.

In the Pink
31 Camp St.; +64-3-441-1525
A fun, contemporary design store with an incredible range of products. The bright, friendly storefront pulled me in from the street.

Koha Queenstown
18 Beach St.; +64-3-442-8887
A great selection of New Zealand clothing and jewelry New Zealand. I picked up a cool pair of merino silk arm warmers.


MAP IT

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Shari is the president and founder of Bayer Public Relations, which specializes in culinary, hospitality, lifestyle, and entertainment. She is also the producer and host of All in the Industry on Heritage Radio Network. You can follow her on Twitter at @sharibayer and @bayerpr. She travels for the desire to see the world, experience new things, and eat amazing food.

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