By Vanessa Brown, Travel Editor
After what feels like a lifetime of travel disruptions, the world is open again – including one of my favourite spots; Queenstown in New Zealand!
Less than a three hour flight from Sydney, winter is one of the best time to explore this stunning part of the world.
With snow-capped mountains and mulled wine in the air, if you’ve got a long weekend up your sleeve – here’s exactly how to get the best out of this incredible corner across the ditch.
Where to stay
Planted right in the centre of town and only offering a handful of suites, you can’t go past a stay at Eichardts Boutique Hotel.
The rooms are split across the second level of the hotel and also several suites about 100 metres down the road, giving rooms uninterrupted views of the lake and snow-capped mountains (if you land a stay during the winter months).
The rooms are cosy and spacious, and in walking distance to everywhere you’d want to visit in Queenstown.
The biggest selling point is the views from each room, with every frame of this city jawdropping to say the least.
You’re also walking distance to the best bars and restaurants, and if you are visiting during those cooler months – it’s an situation to beat the chill.
Where to have a drink
There are plenty of bars on offer in Queenstown and nearby Arrowtown, but for a cosy log fire and a delicious array of cocktails you can’t go past a few hours at Eichardt’s Bar.
Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, this bar is a cosy nook perfect to grab a pre-dinner drop. Get there before sunset, because the light dancing off the lake makes for a spectacular way to end your day.
And if you are feeling a bit peckish pre-dinner from a day of hitting the slopes or the local hiking trains, there’s also an array of snacks that will keep you satisfied. Hot tip, while it’s vegetarian, don’t pass up a serving of the Charred Corn Croquettes – one won’t be enough!