Walking Around the Queenstown Gardens in New Zealand: Even Pretty on a Rainy Day
Not only does Queenstown, New Zealand already have a gorgeous harbor, 5-star restaurants, an extremely walkable waterfront and downtown area, and majestic mountains framing the massive lake the town bends around, but it also is home to one of New Zealand’s prettiest gardens. The Queenstown Gardens are a lovely showcase for the various floral and fauna that makes New Zealand the lushly green country it is. Add in botanical components to the garden and you’ve got a peaceful park to walk through with flower and trees you can observe and learn the names of. With picnic tables, bridges over streams, water fountains, and gazebos, the Queenstown Gardens are elevated into a lovely park that is ideal for walking through and not just observing.
Though the day I visited the gardens was gray and drizzling rain, it didn’t detract from the beauty and it was actually quite nice to walk around in since the gardens were mostly empty due to the weather (and I had on a raincoat).
As is the case with most places in New Zealand, an area wouldn’t be complete without a hike through the forest and these botanical gardens don’t disappoint. At the eastern end of the gardens, there is a small hiking trail that leads down a hill through some tall trees and brush, which leads to the water’s edge at the bottom.
The Queenstown Gardens are easily found as they’re just a short walk east of Queenstown’s harbor. Allot an hour or so to walk around the gardens and trails and if you’re not stuck in drizzly rain like I was, sit down on a bench for awhile, and just soak in all the beauty that is New Zealand, whether it’s rugged forests or perfectly manicured gardens.