Azur Queenstown

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

23 MacKinnon Terrace, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
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Sunday Market

by lowlee

We will be in Queenstown in late Nov. We often enjoy visiting weekend markets whenever they are available.

Is there any Sunday oe weekend market in Queenstown or Arrowtown that is worth exploring? We will be in Queenstown on the last Sat and Sunday of Nov 2009.

We heard there is a nice weekend market in Christchurch at the Art Centre/Cathedral - unfortunately we will not be there on a weekend.



Re: Sunday Market

by nzbased

Hi, Queenstown's market is open on both Saturday and Sunday at the waterfront area, near the boarding point for the "Earnslaw" cruises, just to the front of the town centre. Its not a big market, but has some interesting locally made items, like jewellery, pottery, knitwear etc.

Christchurch Market is in Cathedral Square and I seem to remember its open on a couple of weekdays as well as the weekend - maybe you could Google for the information. Its much bigger, many more stalls and will keep you busy for a while. Some great coffee shops around there when you need refreshment also.

Re: Sunday Market

by lowlee

Thanks. That sounds good. Will check out info on the Christchurch market but I think is likely to miss it as we will be in Christchurch on Mon and Tues only.



Re: Sunday Market

by Kakapo2

nzbased - the OP was right. There is a weekend market at the Arts Centre in Christchurch, and it is great. It is miles better than the stalls you find on Cathedral Square during the week. On the weekend you also find produce markets at Riccarton Park and in Lyttelton.

Re: Sunday Market

by nzbased

Yes that's true - sorry, my thoughts didn't focus on the Art Centre bit! It is a smaller but superior quality market. Prices are more expensive but the goods are more "up-market". I have a clear memory of a great chocolate/fudge outlet in there! However, I still say the Cathedral Square market is much bigger, but again, more "touristy" items on sale at cheaper prices. Its better to try both, if time permits.

Re: Sunday Market

by Kakapo2

Yes, there is the Fudge Cottage in the Arts Centre. Those shops are open seven days a week, and they do sell more quality goods.

The weekend market at the Arts Centre is outside the Arts Centre, and the goods are a mixture of good quality and tourist stuff, so something for everyone. There are as many or even more stalls than on Cathedral Square - plus the fabulous food carts in an alleyway of the Arts Centre. IMHO some of the stuff that is sold on Cathedral Square is rubbish, and I am sure a lot of it is made in China. That is why it is cheap.

Re: Sunday Market

by lowlee

Sounds so interesting, tempted to change itinerary to catch the market! Thanks for the informative replies. We will definitely check it out when we are there.


Re: Sunday Market

by Kakapo2

The food stalls alone would be reason enough to change the itinerary LOL

Travel Tips for Queenstown

Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

by naturalmystic82

Queenstown is good for almost every type of holiday, Very nice skiing, very famous hiking areas, adventure sports, wineries and good fishing - the town though is small and more expensive than other parts of New Zealand so you may want to bring some of your own food. - Don't worry about drinks though the local beers Speights, CD and Mac's are very good.. Probably the mountains - both Australia and Denmark aren't renowned for their mountains, so to be surrounded by snowy peaks was very different, but the mountain atmosphere has such an energy and active feel to it that it is really special.


by balhannah

Lake Wakatipu, and for a lovely walk we went. located right beside the water's edge when walking around the lakeside, we came across the giant Kiwi statue, ....the Kiwi is New Zealand's national bird.
You may find a few other Kiwi statues on your journey around New Zealand!

Good photo opportunity!

Hard Work

by grets

It is all really quite hard work. We hit the rocks alongside the river a few times. When we go through the rapids, the raft bends and buckles, gets filled with water and the "jump" out the other end. There are a few tricky sections where there are people standing on the bank (read: rocks) with safety ropes ready to throw at anybody who has fallen overboard. We are the only raft who doesn't lose any of its crew over the side of the raft. Good team!

Skippers Canyon

by Robmj

This rugged canyon is off the road upto the Coronet Skifield.

An old mining area, the Skippers Road is certainly an adventure along a narrow gorge road, but its not as bad as the rental car company warning signs indicate at the saddle. However, there are certainly parts where you or the oncoming driver will be backing up, as there's only room for one in places. You probably need a head for heights!. Other bits are steep and extreme caution is needed in wet or icy conditions. You will need a 4WD in winter / early spring.

Despite being rugged and "remote', tourism finds its way in here with mini vans plying punters into the huge bungy bridge jump or into the Canyon for white water rafting.

The road takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Queenstown into Skippers. There is a camping area as its a magic place to visit. Mountain biking is also permitted in this area.

You can however escape this and set off on some walks, either the Skippers - Pleasant Terrace walk 1-2 hours) or the more demanding Skippers - Bullendale track.

Skippers Canyon

by robertgaz

Nomad Safaris have a number of 4WD adventures including the Skippers Canyon tour which departs from Queenstown.

The tour heads out towards Coronet Peak and as you drive up the mountainside towards the entrance you will stop at The Plane Table, which gives a stunning view of the Wakatipu Basin.

After entering Skippers Canyon along a narrow 4WD track with a sheer drop down the mountain, you will travel to Lighthouse Rock and also to the historic Skippers Bridge.

From there the road continues into the historical township of Skippers which has long since been abandoned but many original buildings still remain.

Morning tea is served at the Skippers Schoolhouse and on the return journey you will stop at Deep Creek where you can try your hand to a spot of gold panning.

If you look closely at Picture 3 you may also recognise this spot along the Skippers Road as the Ford of Bruinen as featured in The Lord of The Rings.


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Address: 23 MacKinnon Terrace, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand