If there weren't enough cool things to do in Queenstown (!), you can also go on a wine tour and check out the amazing wines grown in the region.
Queenstown Wine Trail is a fun, informative and friendly tour, which will take you from winery to winery, where you can meet people working at each vineyard and maybe even the winemakers, and get a real close-up perspective of the local wine - as well as trying it of course!
Some of the wineries included in the tour are Amisfield Winery and Bistro, Gibbston Valley Wines, The Wine House and Kitchen, Peregrine Wines, Waitiri Creek Wines and Chard Farm.
I learned all kinds of interesting facts - I didn't realise the Queenstown wine region is becoming especially well known for its award-winning Pinot Noir. Other local specialities include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Traditional.
It was great to see the grapes growing on the vines just metres away from us as we supped on the wine in the tasting room. And even better to chat to the people involved in making it! It was amazing to learn about all the hard work that goes into making each bottle, from planting to harvesting. It will definitely give me something more to think about next time I'm popping a cork.
"get a real close-up perspective of the local wine"
The Queenstown Wine Trail has been operating since 1994, and is Queenstown's original wine tour.
They've got heaps of options available, depending on how much time you've got. The Original Tour includes tastings at four wineries and an underground wine cave tour, and operates all year. There's also an A la Carte winery lunch available if you really want to splash out as a change from noodles. It costs $118 per adult.
Or try the Summer Sampler Tour, which operates from October 1 until March 31, and includes a special winery lunch menu. There's tastings at two wineries, the underground wine cave tour, and a cheese factory presentation and tasting. It costs $136 per adult.
Both tours depart at 12.30pm and include pick-up and drop-off at accommodation or from The Station building in central Queenstown.
There are also combo tours where you could add a helicopter flight or a jet boat ride.
Rachel stayed at Base Backpackers Discovery Lodge at 49 Shotover Street , Queenstown, which is a great central location. Reception and internet is open 24 hours, and there's an Altitude bar open daily from 4pm until late. There's also a travel desk open from 8am until 8pm daily. For more details call 03 441 1185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org