Queenstown is famous for numerous things amongst the seasoned traveller; beautiful landscapes, tons of available activities and being a pretty expensive holiday retreat! When it comes to local knowledge and affordability, we like to think we know about both. If you’re wanting to visit Queenstown this summer but are on a tight budget we’ve written this free places to visit guide in your rental car. Here are the five best free things to do in the adventure capital of the world.
OTAGO RAIL TRAIL
Take on the epic 150 kilometre trail by bike or foot, starting by Queenstown and heading south-easterly to Middlemarch. Hop on and off at small villages along the way, completing partially or in full to witness the vast stunning landscapes of Otago. If you hire a budget car from NZ Rent A Car you can drive from point to point along the trail to take in the highlights in just a day.
PICNIC IN QUEENSTOWN GARDENS
Idyllic botanical gardens are the perfect place for a relaxing picnic in the summer sun. With colourful flower beds, a little stone bridge and quaint water features to gaze at, it’s hard to think of a better spot to wolf down some sandwiches and chips in Central Queenstown.
Play on the first permanent disc golf course in New Zealand for free – all you need is a frisbee! A great idea for having fun with friends by the Wakatipu lakeside. If you haven’t played before, the aim of the game is to complete the course in the least amount of throws. Starting at the ‘tee’ you throw a frisbee towards a basket until you get it in and move onto the next.
Feeling extra adventurous? With an elevation gain of over 1,400m the panoramic views you’ll experience when you summit the famous Ben Lomond hike will take your breath away – if you have any left. This climb is a demanding full day’s hike which requires a bit of preparation if you’re set on embarking upon it. Be sure to check the weather before you set off, take plenty of food and water, suitable clothing and a phone in case of emergency.
Arguably the best beach in Queenstown, Sunshine Bay is the spot to be on those long, lazy summer days. All you need to pack is your togs and beach towel to cool off in the refreshing lake before drying off in the hot sun. Queenstown is a place known for exploration, extreme sports and hiking; so you’ll probably be ready for a relaxed mid-trip day.
With five extraordinary free activities to choose from and even more hikes and sites to see beyond this guide, you are all set to hit one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Get in touch to find your car now for a memorable South Island adventure.