In a town that runs on non-stop adrenaline, sometimes it’s nice to simply slow down, relax, and catch your breath. Set minutes outside of downtown Queenstown, Queenstown Gardens is the perfect spot for a relaxing moment of tranquility, where walking paths hug the shore of the lake, and flowers burst with brilliant color from spring through early fall.
Horticulturists will appreciate the wealth of native and indigenous plants, and joggers will love the network of trails that weave across 36 acres. Even if it’s just stopping to play on the rope swings, or feed the ducks at the pond, Queenstown Gardens is a place where families can find some free entertainment. It’s also a popular place to spend an hour riding a bike, or visit as part of a Segway tour of central Queenstown sights. Of all the different flowers in the park, it’s easily the roses that get the most attention when they begin to bloom in the spring, engulfing whole hillsides in blankets of color as fountains splash in the distance. You’ll also find two memorials in the garden, one of which honors Robert Falcon Scott and his team that died in Antarctica, and the other commemorates the city’s first settlers, who arrived in 1860.
Insider's Tip: For a fun and affordable Queenstown experience, rent some golf discs from a shop in town and play the 18-hole disc golf course that’s hidden inside the gardens.
Queenstown Gardens is about half a mile away from downtown Queenstown. By foot the walk takes 15 minutes, and it’s less than five minutes away from downtown if you hire a bike for the day. There are toilets and basic facilities in the gardens, as well as a bowling club, tennis courts, skate park, and popular ice rink in winter.