Flatten the Hill

Explore the other side

High-octane and serene. Natural vistas and small town lanes. Well-known and off the beaten track. It’s only the Crown Range that divides Wanaka and Queenstown. Explore the other side.

Learn from the locals. Below, you'll find a selection of the best tips, tricks and secrets from those who know Wanaka and Queenstown best - the locals! Click to discover mountain stashes, incredible food, world-class wine, family outings, must-do activities, favourite shops and go-to biking!

Mountain tips from Olympians Jossi Wells and Alice Robinson Wanaka and Queenstown ski icons Jossi Wells and Alice Robinson share their on-mountain tips, tricks and maybe even where to find a secret stash. Read more

Local families share their perfect day out The Zeestratens of the Wanaka Lavender Farm and the Graham family of the Queenstown Ice Arena share their perfect family day out. Read more

Stay epic: Activities recommended by the locals When it comes to adventure, you can’t go past Mark Morrison of Wildwire Wanaka and Trent Yeo of Ziptrek Queenstown to know best. Read more

World-class chefs choose their epicurean hidden gems in Wanaka and Queenstown Chefs Anthony Gradiska of Gibbston Valley in Queenstown and Mario Rodrigues of Bistro Gentil in Wanaka reveal their favourite hidden gems on either side of the Crown Range. Read more

Tasting tips from expert winemakers of Peregrine Wines and Rippon Pinot noir, gamay, chardonnay or a good old gewurztraminer… what’s your preference? We’ve got the tips from our local experts, Nadine Cross of Peregrine Wines in Queenstown and Jo Mills of Rippon in Wanaka. Read more

The ultimate shopping guide by Wanaka and Queenstown retail experts In the world of retail, fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe Lizzy Wallace-Gibbs of Wallace & Gibbs and Goals in Queenstown and Brydon Smallbone of 47 Frocks in Wanaka. If you need help checking things off your shopping list… you’ve come to the right place. Read more

Dirt guide: Trail tips from mountain-bike athletes Remy Morton & Phoebe Coers So you want to ride Wanaka and Queenstown? Better start here. Remy Morton of Queenstown and Phoebe Coers of Wanaka have you sorted with the ultimate guide to dirt in our region. Read more