Craft Beer in Queenstown

The last couple of years has seen an awakening of craft breweries in Queenstown. So, after you’ve torn up the track at Game Over QT (no beers before racing – sorry lads), why not make your next adventure a tour for your taste-buds by visiting the finest places in Queenstown to grab a craft beer? Here are our top picks of the sites you should head.

Topping the list, mostly because we’re practically neighbours, is the award-winning Altitude Brewing Taproom on Frankton Road (a 5-minute drive from Game over). Altitude Beers are a big deal in Queenstown and visiting the taproom takes you straight to the source. You can check out the brewery then grab a beer ‘flight’ to sample the greatness. Our top picks are Goldpanner’s Profit (lager) and Mischievous Kea (IPA).

Next up another out-of-town stop this time Canyon’s Food and Brewing at Arthurs Point. You can’t beat the location of this one, with incredible mountain views and a look down at the Shotover River and the world-famous Shotover Jet (advanced booking needed if you want to ride Shotover Jet… one of Queenstown’s top activities!). Back to the beer, this microbrewery does it all, right on site. With four regular brews and two seasonal rotations, you’re sure to find one you like. Our picks are Coalfaced (Dark Lager) and Pale Ale.

Enjoy incredible mountain views whilst sipping on a cold beverage. Photo credit: Canyon’s Food and Brewing

The next stop is Searchlight Brewery. Just off Gorge Road, this one’s totally off the tourist trail and remains a relatively unknown gem. Look for the sign that helpfully points to ‘Beer’ as you enter Industrial Place.  Searchlight is independently owned and operated, and he owners have a slogan ‘Search, Seek, Evolve’ that embodies what they do. It also provides an excellent name for the three beer ranges that include something for everyone. Our top pick for something a little different is Raspberry Wheat.

The final spot on the list goes to Smiths Craft Beer House. On Shotover Street, right in the centre of town. A little bit tricky to find – they’re upstairs, above Thrillzone and beneath the Queenstown Gym. Once inside you’re treated to the largest selection of craft beer, from a variety of brewers, in Queenstown. Smiths employ a super friendly team who are all too happy to let you sample the beers or make recommendations if you need them. To top it off they have an incredible menu of finger-licking good, hearty food and fantastic prices. Smiths is open daily from 12 till late and, if you’re a beer or food lover, it’s sure to become one of your favourite Queenstown hang-outs.

The Ultimate 1-day Queenstown Itinerary for Families

Queenstown, New Zealand. Known as the adventure capital of the World! But what if your kids are too young for bungy jumping or sky-diving and too bored to watch while you do it? Well here we list our top tips for the ultimate itinerary for families in Queenstown!  

1Grab some breakfast at Brazz on Athol Street. It’s family friendly, incredibly well priced and has a menu that will satisfy even the pickiest little eaters. Better still, it’s practically next door to a handy little car park (also on Athol Street). Once you’re fed and watered, head back to the car and head out of town!

2 Just a short drive out of town, Remarkables Park is you’re next stop. Game Over to be precise. The home to New Zealand’s best Indoor Kart Racing, Lazer Tag and arcade. Game Over is a family’s paradise… you’ll come head to head with a Triceratops as soon as you walk in! Then it’s time to choose your activities… with the arcade starting from $1 there’s something for the whole family. We even have free wi-fi so you can keep in touch while the kids play!

3Every Game Over customer gets 20% at SITE trampoline which is just a short walk across the carpark. Try out the seven, Olympic quality trampolines and the super fun ‘tramp park’ with 30 interconnected trampolines and a walled tramp area. The kids want to practice some cooler moves? No problem, they’ll land safely on the super soft air bag or foam pit!  SITE is perfect for the whole family!

4 Feeling hungry yet? Head back into town and have lunch at one of the many family friendly restaurants (we suggest Speights Ale House so you can have a beer). Or grab something on the go from one of the many casual dining places or street food vendors that line Marine Parade.

5 After you’ve refreshed yourselves why not walk to Queenstown gardens for a round of Disc Golf? It’s family friendly and super inexpensive. Start at Queenstown Ice Arena where you can hire the discs and grab a map and scorecard then get the game going. Who’s got the best eye and throwing skills? It’s trickier that it seems!  

Queenstown Gardens, Game Over Queenstown
Enjoy the beautiful Queenstown Gardens

6 Finish up the day at Cookie time on Camp Street and treat the family to a cookie or one of the amazing shakes before heading back to your accommodation for a well-earned rest!

There you have it folks our top picks for the ultimate family day out in Queenstown. Looking for even more suggestions have you read our latest blog post on family friendly activities in Queenstown?

5 ways to keep the kids happy on a rainy day in Queenstown

We’ve all been there… it’s the big trip, we’ve been saving for weeks, everyone’s excited and the plans are set. But wait, you wake up in the gorgeous Queenstown and it’s raining. Bad times. That’s the stroll to the playground with an ice cream and meander through the Chinese village in Arrowtown out of the window. You’ve only got a couple of minutes to come up with a plan before your little darlings become little monsters. 

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Our definitive list of the 5 best ways to keep the kids happy on a rainy day in Queenstown to the rescue!

1Get out of town. The only thing worse than a rainy day in Queenstown, is a walking around in the wet and skipping the puddles in the town centre.  Why not pile everyone into the car or, if you want an adventure, take a ride on the bus and head to Remarkables Park. Queenstown’s premium shopping centre and newest entertainment precinct. At the foot of the Remarkables, the view is incredible!

2 Have a drink and a bite at Franks Eatery, at the bottom of the Ramada Hotel before heading across the road to Game Over, the home to New Zealand’s best Indoor Kart Racing, Lazer Tag and arcade. Game Over is a kids paradise… you’ll come head to head with a Triceratops as soon as you walk in! Then it’s time to choose your activities… with the arcade starting from $1 there’s something for everyone. We even have free wi-fi so you can keep in touch while the kids play!

3Every Game Over customer gets 20% at SITE trampoline which is just a short walk across the carpark. Try out the seven, Olympic quality trampolines and the super fun ‘tramp park’ with 30 interconnected trampolines and a walled tramp area. The kids want to practice some cooler moves? No problem, they’ll land safely on the super soft air bag or foam pit!  

4 Young kids still got energy to burn? Head a couple of doors down from SITE to Chipmunks Playland. Suitable for 2 – 11 year olds there is unlimited fun to be had and the best part? There’s a café on site so you can grab a coffee while the kids have the time of their life

5 After all that excitement you’re going to need to refuel… head round the ‘The Shelter’ in Remarkables Park shopping centre. You’ll find a menu with something to suit even the fussiest diners and fantastic service. With a wide selection of beverages to choose from, you’re sure to find the right drop with which to toast an awesome day out!