Don't let all the adrenaline buzz of outdoorsy thrill and adventures eclipse the local charms Queenstown has to offer. Enhance your visit to Queenstown by embarking on a unique shopping experience in the land of abundant scenic wonders.
Of nature & retail
Weekend markets are a fantastic way to wind down. It gives retail shopping a fresh platform with local flair and celebrates homegrown creation and talent. With food ready at hand, low-key and cosy atmosphere with live music tunes in the background, the weekend markets of Queenstown means shopping in the fresh open air, while boasting super sick mountain views. I'm talking immediate 360-degree view of mountain backdrop here. There really is no escaping New Zealand's natural beauty.
The weekend markets of Queenstown feature high-quality artisan goods beautifully crafted by talented homegrown makers. From handmade chocolate to jewellery, go ahead make that glad purchase & enjoy your unique find! I mean, who wouldn't want a refreshing breather from the mass of China-made products and sterile spaces of concealed indoor shopping centres?
Mark these spots down & make a trip down this weekend!
The Remarkable Markets would be where you can gather for yourself a range of stuff from local artisan goods, clothing, homeware to fresh produce. Seasonal fruit and veggies as well as freshly baked bread and seafood can be found to be up for purchase. The Remarkable Markets also host an array of food stalls offering freshly pressed juices, pulled pork buns, barrel-cooked chicken and more delectable bites. You sure won't go hungry there.
Friendly tip: Get there early as parking spaces fill up quickly!
Where: Remarkables Park Town Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Frankton
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm (Rain, hail, or shine!)
Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market
Located on the wharf, the Creative Queenstown Arts & Craft Market lines up more than 40 stalls showcasing the creative artistry of local makers. This artsy market is perfect for those seeking unique trinkets and peculiar items not to be found anywhere outside of Queenstown. Designers and makers alike share their creation in painting, soap, pottery, woodcraft, stone art, fabric painting, weaving, glass art, metal sculptures, carving, copper craft, including homespun clothing with all its rusticity -- such range is bound to have you admiring local handiwork for the good part of your Saturday. It's basically like browsing Etsy but with the lovely lake breeze and a glorious mountainous view.
Friendly tip: Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the wharf at the end of your shopping fix!
Where: Lakefront at Earnslaw Park, 78 Beach Street
When: Every Saturday, 9am - 4:30pm in the summer (Nov to April); 9:30am - 3:30pm in the winter (May to Oct) some extra market days on Friday - see market website for details