When I work in town I love to take my sandwich (or
chocolate bar really healthy smoothie) down to a place where I know it will be quiet. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town and somewhere I can get some shots for Instagram that evening and also breathe.it.all.in. Here’s my list of secrets for you to enjoy your lunch. If you’re there and you see me say hi. I’ll be the one scoffing chocolate meditating.
Little beach Sunshine Bay.
If you wander along the Sunshine Bay Track a little way there’s a few little beaches off the path where no-one goes and it’s sheltered from the wind. You can unpack your sardines and if you’re lucky get a little sand in between your toes. Magic.
Kelvin Heights Peninsula Walk
Little beaches ahoy (I’m sensing a theme). Take your eyes from looking infront of you and look left or right, depending on the way you’re going around this lovely 3k walk. There’s secluded beaches to unpack your flask of coffee and enjoy our ice-cream in peace.
Bench Queenstown Gardens
Just across from the rotunda is a little bench under one of the huge trees in the gardens. It’s slightly secluded and yet you can see the whole of town from here. Lovely and quiet and you can also smell the roses from there. Just perfect.
Library Car Park.
Bare with me here. Now I won’t have you sitting in a dusty old car park eating your sandwich and staring at the bottom of a car no no no. The gorgeous library has a little creek and bridge (think Billy Goat Gruff but a nice story) and I sometimes settle by it to listen to the peaceful stream, eat my lunch and stare up at the gorgeous tiki trail leading up the gondola path.
Top of the Sofitel Stairs
Here you can settle down and look down onto the town. It’s lovely and sunny and you can also people watch as the Fergburger queue snakes all the way down the road. You can slightly laugh to yourself as you’ve got your lunch. And you don’t have to queue for it.
Gorge Road Wetlands
Head out towards Coronet Peak along Gorge Road and there’s a gorgeous path and bench right amongst the wetlands. Park up and have a wander and get yourself a coffee from the little coffee place on the side of the road.
The massive tree on Highview Terrace
High up above town just below Queenstown Hill is my favourite tree. It’s huge. I mean can’t-get-your-arms-round-it-but-give-it-a-good-try huge. And a rope swing too. There’s a little path behind (not many know this) up to the hill,settle here with your leek and potato soup and relax a while knowing no-one else will know you’re here.
A lovely bench and a jetty for you to sit just away from the jet boat crowds. Get amongst the action and people watch or wander away from the hub bub and settle under your favourite tree for a lovely lunchtime wander. Remarkables in full view.
Where’s your favourite place to eat your lunch? I’d love to know