One of my favourite beaches in New Zealand isn’t even located on the coast – it’s in Queenstown! Queenstown Bay, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is the perfect place to bring some takeaways and relax by the water (on a nice day). There are plenty of places to sit, trees for shade and stones for skipping, and the whole scene is very photogenic.
Queenstown Bay is the main beach, and focal point, of downtown Queenstown. It’s a short walk from all the food options in Queenstown, making it a good place bring your meal (which, lets face it, is likely to be a burger from Fergburger). You won’t be the only one with this idea, and the crowds do unfortunately attract plenty of seagulls. Still though, there aren’t many more relaxing (but still vibrant) places in New Zealand to eat your meal.
The beach is also great for strolling along — we’ve tended to be there in the colder months meaning we haven’t seen anyone brave enough for a dip. The water is what impresses me the most – the contrasting blues look inviting and the water is very clear. Skipping stones is a popular pastime at Queenstown Bay but make sure you don’t hit any of the ducks (that wouldn’t go down well with the family friendly vibe).
Things to do nearby
You’ll likely spend a bit of time in and around Queenstown Bay, especially if you’re staying right in town. There are a few things to do nearby, including Queenstown Gardens, art galleries and markets. Also keep an eye (or an ear) out for Happy the Singing Sheep Dog. It’s a bit of a stretch to say he’s singing but it’s entertaining all the same.
The piers at Queenstown Bay are where you’ll find the various boat tours. Some of these head out on Lake Wakaptipu for scenic cruises and some are jet boats which take you down some of the nearby rivers. There’s also a boat moored there where you can drink and take your own food, which sounds like a great idea.
What to Eat in Queenstown
Fergburger is the obvious answer here and it is as good as the hype suggests. There are also some cool dessert options (Patagonia Chocolates and the Cookie Time Cookie Bar are our favourites) and plenty of places to drink. There are good deals to be had on food and drink in Queenstown and the options are endless. Another favourite thing of mine to eat in Queenstown are the hawker rolls from Hawker and Roll (or Madam Woo).
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