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How to spend 36 hours in Queenstown

Mar 10, 2020  ·  2 min read

How would you spend 36 hours in Queenstown? The New York Times set out to answer that question.

It’s with the utmost humility that we hosted a heavyweight of the international media world. The New York Times recently checked in to the adventure capital of the south, and checked out our very own Reds Bar. When our cocktail creationists served up nothing short of perfection, we knew it was a harbinger of global glory.

Here we are, and we’ve landed a coveted moment of their perfect 36-hour Queenstown itinerary – due to our superb spirits collection and the perfect perch to watch the alpenglow over the Remarkables. We’re flattered, to say the least.

We have to agree with the rest of their itinerary – as we’re certainly amongst mighty fine company. What else topped the list in their perfect long weekend, or 36 hours, in Queenstown?

Mornings making tracks

While we of course love mornings at Bazaar, Bespoke Kitchen is a must-visit café for another day of your stay – or second breakfast. You’ll need it after the calorie-burning hike on the Moke Lake Loop Track or closer to home, Bob’s Cove Track.

Afternoon ambling

Strolling the shopping streets is essential to even a short stay in Queenstown. Browse the boutiques for something to bring back home, especially to appease that certain someone reeling with jealousy of your travels. We’d be happy with pretty much anything at Vesta Design Boutique. This shop located in Queenstown’s oldest house is packed with everything from local furniture to fashion, plus lighting and limited-edition prints.

Evening entertainment

There’s no better place to unwind with a cocktail in hand than Reds. We couldn’t say it better ourselves, so we’ll let the ever-eloquent New York Times do the talking here:

“Pick a spot to toast sunset in Queenstown, where the Alpenglow paints the distant Remarkables mountains pink. Reds bar, at the QT Queenstown hotel, specializes in Negronis, including classic and barrel-aged selections (19 dollars). The modernist lounge features window-seat-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the aptly named range as tour boats ply the lake below.”

Sounds like we’ve been voted best venue for a Saturday night sundowner. To that we say, santé!

See you at Reds.

Read the full New York Times article, 36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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