Oaks Club Resort

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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  • Families86
  • Couples72
  • Solo50
  • Business40

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Shotover High Five? Kawarau River Rafter, Routeburn hike, Dart River Safari & full day Glacier hike?

by Angie88

I am doing all that is mentioned in the title. I was wondering if I am best to purchase some hiking shoes for the glacier hike or do most places allow you to hire them? Also am I best to take some surf shoes (shoes made out of wetsuit material) for the rafting?
Your opinion would be appreciated.

Shotover High Five? Kawarau River Rafter, Routeburn hike, Dart River Safari & full day Glacier hike?

by Kakapo2

You do not have to buy hiking shoes for the glacier hike but for the Routeburn Track if you intend to do the multi-day hike.

At the glaciers hiking boots are included in the price of the guided walks. At Franz Josef they do not even want people to wear their own boots. At Fox it is more relaxed (which I think is good because if you have suitable boots they are always better than boots that do not fit properly). But you need sturdy shoes as crampons have to be attached to them.

If you want to walk the entire Routeburn Track there is no way around not having proper boots. You can surely hire boots but I would not want to go on a multi-day walk in hired boots my feet are not used to. This could cause a lot of pain. Normally when you buy new hiking boots you walk in them for a few weeks before going on a big hike.

If you only want to do a day walk on the Routeburn Track from The Divide (off the Milford Road) on a beautiful day you can easily do this in jogging shoes as this is a well-formed track without rocky sections. On a rainy day I would not go there anyway as I would do this walk for the spectacular views, and if I can't get this, I would not bother.

Regarding surf shoes, I am not into rafting but would not know of anybody who has taken his own surf shoes.


by kzapanta

Yes, surf booties are good, sandals that have an ankle wrap, (not flip-flops) would also be fine for rafting.

and as far as hiking shoes, if your visiting N.Z. for over a week, or any other country for that matter, a decent hiking shoe is a good thing to have.
I'm not talking about the full metal shank, ultra rigid above the ankle mountineer boots, but a comfortable, stable, good traction hiking shoe is good.

Re: Shotover High Five? Kawarau River Rafter, Routeburn hike,

by Kakapo2

I think we are talking to ourselves... The member has not logged back in since posting the question...

Travel Tips for Queenstown


by balhannah

The TSS Earnslaw is the last surviving and the grandest Steamship to have ever graced lake Wakatipu.

It is named after Mount Earnslaw, the highest peak in the area. Built in Dunedin, it was dismantled and transported by rail to Kingston at the lake's southern tip for re-assembling.
The occasion of her launching was a major event in Queenstown!

Cargo she carried, has been livestock, passengers, and people on holidays.

Men would probably love this steamer, as onboard, you can go down the engine room and see the engine working. It is still the same as in 1912. Her cruising speed is 11knots, and to attain this speed, the twin steam engines each have to develop 500 horse power by burning 1 ton of coal per hour!

On the outside, she is beautifully restored, all ready to take those paying passengers for a trip on Lake Wakatipu.

Uninspiring Architecture

by Kakapo2


You will not find a lot of appealing buildings in Queenstown. I have to think hard to remember more than Eichardt’s Private Hotel at the lakefront, and St. Peter’s, a little Anglican stone church which unfortunately has been squeezed from all sides in the last some years. When I first was in Queenstown in the early nineties, there was space around the church, and people were lying on the lawn and taking a sunbath.

When you come back from a cruise on the Earnslaw you get an impressive view of the dreadful architecture along the lakefront, multi-storey apartment- and hotel buildings of cheapish look, like piled prison cells. It is clear that you will have fantastic views from all those boxes, especially from the balconies, and life inside the boxes can be very pleasing, as the interiors seem luxurious in many of the buildings. But just the look is not much better than blocks of social housing developments.

The only street look I really like is The Mall, Queenstown’s main (pedestrian) shopping and restaurant street. Along Marine Parade – alongside Eichardt’s Private Hotel - they are trying to recreate a kind of old charm. Looking out to the lake from The Mall, past the W.G. Rees statue, is quite nice. But architecturally, nothing in and around the town centre would excite me. The opposite is the case, when you venture further outside and pass at the multi-million dollar mansions.

The big rest reflects Queenstown’s big business approach towards tourism. One booking agency beside the other, for example, in Shotover Street which runs parallel to Beach Street/Lake Esplanade, shop windows covered in posters and some other advertising items.

Bungy Jumping

by 360dude

There are a number of places where you can go bungy jumping, but the one I did is the closest (and shortest travel time) to Queenstown which is at Bob’s Peak. This is the same place where you can take a gondola ride up to see magnificent views of the town and lake.
This bungy jump is called “The Ledge” and is also the least highest one in falling distance, but because you are so high up overlooking Queenstown, when your dangling upside down looking out over the lake, it feels like you are the same height as what a plane would be!
Bungy jumping is scary because your self-preservation instincts kick in when you’re standing on the edge. Your body never usually falls this far, so the feeling is quite intense.
This is definitely one of the scariest things I have ever done (on par with my skydiving experience) mainly because I don’t like heights, but my life motto is “You’ve gotta try everything at least once” so I am very glad I did.

The Fantastic Drive to Paradise and Glenorchy

by thoughtfulconsumer

Just out side of Queenstown, at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, is the tiny town of Glenorchy. Don't miss out on driving at least to Glenorchy. In a nation of scenic touring, this has to be in the top 5 for beautiful driving. You follow the edge of the lake with beautiful snow capped peaks surrounding you. It's about an hour drive of nothing but postcard scenery. Be sure to stop at the Glenorchy Grill, the guy makes the world's BEST blueberry pancakes. If you are feeling even more adventureous, continue north out of town and head toward the Paradise area. This really is the correct name for this area. It is an area of sheep and cattle stations surrounded by even more beautiful snowcapped peaks. What a wonderful place to live and work. Be warned...the pavement ends and the road turns into a 1 lane gravel track. It's a real road so you will meet other cars . Don't get totally lost in the beauty. There is no town of Paradise, it's just the name of the area. The locals recommeded a trip of 25km outThey said it was about as good as it got to go that far. If you go further you will eventually end up at a trailhead that leads into Mt. Aspiring National Park.


by robertgaz

Kingston is a small town at the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu 47km's south of Queenstown.

It was home to the Kingston Flyer, a vintage steam train that used to operate at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu.

Sadly the Kingston Flyer is no longer in operation.


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Address: 171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand