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Located at the bottom of New Zealand, right smack-dab in the chilly Otago, is winter's crowning jewel. With Mountains, Lakes, and Attractions galore, there is plenty to experience! There are so many locations to drive to in your rental car during the winter months, but we've selected only the best. Check it out below...

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Kiwi Sports

01_location.pngAddress: 9B Earl St, Queenstown 9300

There are many wonderful places in Queenstown that are waiting to be explored. Apart from hiring a car, renting a bike is another option so you can easily access the countryside and lakeside. Kiwi Sports offers affordable bike hire for adults and children. You and the whole gang can now enjoy the cross country trails which are designed for all types of bikers – from beginners to experts. Kiwi Sports also rents out other popular sporting equipment such as fishing poles and tennis rackets.

Book a car hire through VroomVroomVroom now and get 30% off on all sporting rentals! All you have to do is present your booking confirmation number at the Kiwi Sports store to avail of this awesome discount. Make sure to start booking a car hire to get this special treat from Kiwi Sports.

Air Milford 

Get the best view of the Southern Alps and Fiordland by joining the sightseeing excursions of Air Milford. The family-owned aviation company is known for their well-maintained aircrafts. In fact, they have one of the highest safety audit ratings in New Zealand. They boasts of their fleet of high-wing aircraft including the Turboprop Cessna Caravan, which is the biggest and most quiet scenic aircraft in Queenstown. 

Kiwi Birdlife Park

For the best wildlife adventure, make sure to visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. The 5-acre sanctuary is situated right in the heart of the city and can be found near the Gondola. Whether you are travelling on your own or with your family and friends, you are sure to find the perfect activity for you. The park offers daily animal encounters, conversation shows, feedings, and tours. There are more than 30 species of animals living in the park including rare and endangered birds as well as reptiles.

Segway on Q

01_location.pngAddress: (No public office or shop) PO Box 1976 Queenstown 9348

Apart from road trips, another fun way of exploring Queenstown is with a Segway Personal Transporter (PT). Don't worry if you're a newbie because Segway on Q can give you a quick training on how to use that cool ride before you begin your adventure. They also have a very accommodating guide who will show you around and share some information about the city. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and the gardens on your Segway. The Queenstown tour usually takes two hours while the Bay tour only lasts for an hour.

Ziptrek Ecotours

Thrill-seekers should definitely try Ziptrek Ecoutour's fun zipline tour, which is situated on the spectacular Skyline Gondola hill. Experience exciting eco-adventure above Queenstown anytime of the year as they operate zipline tours rain or shine.  Ziptrek offers two tours so make sure to choose what best suit your skills. The Moa 4-Line Tour is best for beginners while the Kea 6-Line Tour is for those who are looking for an eco-exhilarating zipline experience. 
Onsen Hot Pools 

The best way to beat the cold weather is by soaking in a hot pool. Imagine feeling the warm water all over your body as you stare over a beautiful scenery – now that is total relaxation. You can experience that at Onsen Hot Pools, which is the only private indoor and outdoor hot pools in Queenstown. It is located on top of the cliffs thus giving breathtaking views of the Shotover River canyon. You are assured of complete privacy, tranquil surroundings, and amazing scenery during your stay. This is the perfect place to bond and relax with your lover, friends, and family.

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Ridge View

Instead of staying in a hotel, why not feel more at home by staying in a luxury condominium? The Ridge View brings the comfort of a real home and the luxury of a hotel. The accommodation features four spacious bedrooms located over three levels, a fully-fitted kitchen, cosy living area, and a beautiful courtyard. Enjoy picturesque views of the Cecil Peak, Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu in your own balcony. The Ridge View also boasts of its superb location near the town centre where you can find a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

Trelawn Place

By staying in one of the most popular Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Queenstown, you are assured of a perfect holiday. Trelawn Place is known for its homey atmosphere, warm hospitality, and stunning views. It is conveniently located near the city centre and just 15 minutes away from the Queenstown Airport by car rental. Hosts Nery and Michael have worked hard to make sure that they give the best accommodation to their guests. They are pet lovers too so you can bring along your furry friend during the holidays. 

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Winnies is more than just your typical pizza restaurant. Apart from their gourmet pizza, they also offer other scrumptious menu ranging from steaks to salads. This is the perfect place to being your friends and family because of their relaxed environment and great food selection. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian dishes as well as a special menu for children. You can also play pool, join speed dating, have a drink, and watch live music performances at The Bar.

Lone Star  

Get a real cowboy experience by visiting Lone Star, which is known for their western art and country music. The restaurant's theme has attracted many New Zealanders and there are currently 26 branches all throughout the country. They have been offering a combination of Kiwi classics and comfort food as well as Lone Star specials for more than 21 years. Some of their best-sellers include Redneck Ribs, Lassoo of Hog, and Dixie Chicken. 
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The Pig & Whistle Pub

There are many reasons why people love going to The Pig & Whistle Pub, including their unique Old English pub ambiance and excellent service. Its location right in the centre of the town makes it very accessible to both locals and tourists. If you're a beer lover, then you will definitely enjoy their selection of beers. There are more than 17 tap beers to choose from and these can be paired with their affordable pub meals. You have the option to dine on their sunny deck overlooking the Horne Creek.

Monty's Bar and Restaurant

If you're a huge fan of Monteith's, then Monty's Bar and Restaurant will be paradise for you. The owner of the concept bar, Barry Ellis, has established a place which serves a wide range of award-winning tap beers from Monteith's. Whether you are in the mood for an original ale or a golden lager beer, you can enjoy that alone or matched with their superb menu. Make sure to try their signature dish called the Chicken Filo Parcel or their flavourful Lamb Shanks.
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