Best things to do in Queenstown in spring and early summer 2014

Spring and early summer is a great time to plan a getaway to Queenstown. Stunning spring blossom gives way to bright green leaves on the hills around the town, and Queenstown is transformed into a spring paradise.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the calendar, with events tailored around the warmer temperatures and longer days that the change in seasons provides. 

Whether you’re looking to sample a glass of vino from one of the region’s many famous wineries, or want to get out and experience Queenstown’s amazing natural landscape – there is definitely something to suit your tastes in the spring and early summer calendar. We've picked out some of the best things to do in Queenstown for spring and early summer 2014 for you.

Things kick off with the Queenstown Jazzfest 2014, which runs from 24-26 October. The Queenstown Jazzfest is now in its 37th year and is the highlight of the spring calendar. Begun in 1978, it has since grown to become one of the region’s most anticipated musical events, attracting world-class talent from home and abroad. 

Featuring more than 40 different free and ticketed events, the Queenstown Jazzfest has a wide range of genres and performances, and promises to have the region buzzing.

Those with a love of all things high-octane will love the Highlands 101, two days of action-packed excitement at the Highlands Motorsport Park circuit. Held over the weekend of 7-9 November, the event includes the final of the Australian GT Championship.

The highlight of the event is the Highlands 101 – an endurance race that will see the fastest cars and drivers from the weekend battling it out over 101 laps of the Highlands Park Circuit. This is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys high-adrenaline thrills and a need for speed.

For those with an active streak, the first Queenstown International Marathon will be held on 22 November. A brand new event, it incorporates not just the 42km marathon, but also a range of other events suited for all levels of runners. The marathon itself starts in Arrowtown and ends up in the middle of Queenstown, and winds through some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. 

If you’re happier sitting back and relaxing while being served up some of the best wine and cuisine the region has to offer, then the Arrowtown Long Lunch might be more your scene. Held on 5 December, the main street of Arrowtown is taken over by one long table stretching the entire length of Buckingham Street. Tickets are available online so get in quick for a day of excellent food and lively entertainment that is not to be missed.

For details on the above events and more, check out the Destination Queenstown website.

If you’re looking for a spring holiday to Queenstown and are tossing up where to stay, LakeRidge Queenstown NZ apartments offer some of the best accommodation in town. We have nine contemporary, fully self-contained three-bedroom apartments just five minutes' walk from central Queenstown.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing get-away for two, a family holiday, a corporate event or fun weekend with mates, we have superb accommodation that will fit the bill. All LakeRidge Queenstown apartments have full cooking facilities and dining areas, so you can eat in the privacy of your own accommodation. However, if you feel like going out for a meal, many of Queenstown’s fine restaurants bars and cafés are a short stroll away. 

The sky is the limit in Queenstown during spring and summer. If you’re looking for inspiration, drop us a line – we know the place inside-out and will make sure you have a perfect getaway. 

 (Photo courtesy of Highlands Motorsport Park.)

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