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Free or Cheap Things to Do in Queenstown

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Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world. The city has become famous for its bungee jumps, canyon swings, skydives, and jet boats. While all these death-defying adventures are fun, they tend to put a dent in the wallet, and wreak havoc on a backpacking budget. Many travellers are unaware that Queenstown offers a lot of free, or cheap adventures. Here are some fun things to do in Queenstown that won’t max out your credit card.

Frisbee Golf

Queenstown has an excellent Frisbee Golf course, and it is a good way to spend a cheap afternoon with friends. Imagine trying to line up the perfect shot over 100 meters away while, at the same time, dodging tree trunks, low hanging branches, and other Frisbees. Frisbee Golf is a bit challenging but a ton of fun. The best part is Frisbee Golf is completely free, minus the cost or rental of the frisbee’s of course. If you are looking for a cheaper and fun outdoor activity, then Frisbee Golf is a perfect fit.

Queenstown Hill

Are you after a picturesque view of Queenstown? Then one morning grab your camera and take the trail to the top of Queenstown Hill. This trek leads through forest and grasslands for a better part of an hour. The trails are filled with spectacular views of the city. Some areas of the trail are steep but overall it is not too hard. Just remember to make sure your camera is charged and your phone is Instagram ready! Other notable hikes in Queenstown are the Tiki Trail and Ben Lomond. Read our guide to Queenstown’s hiking and walking trails.

the view from queenstown hill
The view from Queenstown Hill

Underwater Observatory

Now, that you have walked around Lake Wakatipu it is time to head underneath. Yep, you heard me right. Head to the Underwater Observatory to see the famous diving ducks, trout, and eels that live in Lake Wakatipu. The price of admission is $10 which makes it the most expensive activity on this list. However, $10 won’t break your budget, and the Observatory is always good fun.

Get into some thrill seeking action

Queenstown really does live up to its name as the adventure capital of New Zealand. If jumping out of your jeans in fright is up your alley then head to the Fear Factory – Queenstown’s very own haunted house! We won’t spoil the experience – give it a try! XD Dark Ride is another attraction worth checking out – here you can enter a simulated 7D Zombie shooting adventure. So much fun!

Walk along Lake Wakatipu

An excellent way to see the beauty and grandeur of Queenstown is to take a stroll around Lake Wakatipu. This size and scope this lake is stunning. The lake is surrounded by massive mountains. It is impossible to look at the lake and mountains without feeling a sense of awe and wonder. Lake Wakatipu is a good place to take a deep breath and take in the beauty that Queenstown has to offer.

View of Queenstown TNZ
Queenstown’s beautiful scenery seen from the Skyline is a sight to behold with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. CREDIT: Destination Queenstown

Fergbaker Pie

Ah, the world famous Fergburger. It is a burger that lives up to its reputation. However, if you are on a tight budget, the price of a Fergburger seems a little steep. If that sounds like you, then an alternative is the Fergbaker Pie. These mouthwatering pies are filling and cheap. While it might not be a world renowned burger, it is a close second.

Skyline Gondola & Luge

One of my favourite things to do in Queenstown when the $$ are running low, is taking a trip up the scenic Queenstown Gondola for a cheeky Luge ride. A Luge is like an on road toboggan and at the top of the Gondola there are two tracks that will have you zipping and zooming around the tracks as you take in the views of Queenstown. If you want to save a little extra cash – the scenic walking tack up the Gondola Hill is well worth the walk, before taking the Gondola back down.

queenstown skyline luge

With so many adventures, and things going on in Queenstown it is lose track of how much you are spending, and to totally destroy your savings account.

Article courtesy of Stephen “A Backpacker’s Tale” – follow his Queenstown adventures here.

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