10 cheap and curious things to see and do in Queenstown for under $50 ….
Curious Kai – Aggy’s Shack, corner Marine Parade & Church Street
Update: Farewell Aggy’s Shack – a Skyline Enterprises building is on the way (December 2015).
Curious or Chicken? Fear Factory, 54 Shotover Street
I’m definitely chicken – the brochure says Fear Factory is “Scarier than Wolf Creek”, that’s too scary for me to contemplate. The Wolf Creek claim is backed up by an initially skeptical reviewer so the Chicken List is definitely where I’d end up. If you’ve packed a spare pair of pants you might want to walk the pitch black halls at Fear Factory. Open 7 days from 11am – late. Cost: $35 adult, $20 under 15 – no refunds if you chicken out.
Curious CaddyShack – CaddyShack Indoor Mini Golf, Brecon Street
At CaddyShack your golf ball catches a ride on a ski lift and rolls down ski slopes, “Here Comes the Bride” plays at St Michael’s Churchyard, and a lolly pops out at the 18th hole. Although I wouldn’t rate CaddyShack as a Queenstown “must do”, it’s a good rainy day activity, and if curious mini golf courses are your thing CaddyShack should be on your putt list. Open 7 days from 10am. Cost – Adults $19.50, children $13, family pass $59.
Curious Golf Course – Queenstown Disc Golf, Queenstown Gardens
If your throw is better than your swing, disc golf could be the game for you. The Disc Golf Course in the Queenstown Gardens was the first permanent course in the country, disc golf took off and you’ll find more courses in NZ here. Visit Kiwi Sports at 9B Earl Street to hire a disc ($5), and get score cards.
Curious Collectibles – Ivan Clarke Gallery, cnr Camp & Shotover Sts
The Lonely Dog Art Collection will make a grumpy man smile – dogs replace people in many of the playful art works. Although the success of Lonely Dog may have priced the prints out of the reach of many, gift cards cost just a few dollars. If you do have some cash to splash Reel Collectibles in Stratton House on Beach Street has a Luke Sky Walker light saber, and Weta designed bookends inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Curiously Cool – Below Zero Ice Bar, Searle Lane
Rug up and have a vodka cocktail in an ice glass at Below Zero. Check out Bookme for $15 entry and cocktail combos – see Curiously Cool in Queenstown for more information.
Cheap Million Dollar Lake Cruise, Main Pier
A 90 minute Million Dollar Lake Cruise is more cheap than curious, especially if you find a $15 fare on Bookme. You will learn some curious facts though – the water in Lake Wakatipu is 99.9% pure so doesn’t conduct electricity, the water is also really cold, it’s unlikely you’d survive for longer than 20 minutes without a wet suit! The Million Dollar Cruise gives you million dollar views, and the captain provides an entertaining introduction to Queenstown. Sit outside or in, dress warmly and take cash if you want a drink from the self service bar. Two or three departures daily depending on the season, cruise from $35 or less.
Curious Pedal Power – Aqua Bikes, Main Pier
Aqua bikes have three wheels, take two people and cost from $15 for twenty minutes. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and paddle boats can also be hired, visit WaterSports Queenstown at the Main Pier. (Seasonal operating hours).
Curious Letter Boxes
There’s some controversy surrounding the strip of letterboxes at present – NZ Post want them moved, many residents want them to remain. I took a few photos for the curious letterbox collection – a clue to their whereabouts … you’ll find them near Shotover Top 10 Holiday Park.
Curious Accommodation – Creeksyde Top 10 Holiday Park, 54 Robins Road
If you’ve got a tent, caravan or camper van you can have a cheap(ish) sleep at Creeksyde Top 10 Holiday Park. Pay from $47 per night for your own patch of grass and get access to some of the most unusual holiday park facilities we’ve encountered – see Quirky Creeksyde for more information.