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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“For a moderate challenge, starting directly from downtown, visitors can test their legs on the Queenstown Hill Loop Track up to the ‘Basket of Dreams’, a favourite lookout spot. The three-hour walk starts and finishes on Belfast Street, and offers views over the Wakatipu basin to Cecil Peak, the Frankton Arm and Queenstown Bay.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“We never knew that Albatross could be so big. It's not guaranteed to see Albatross, but the drive out is so spectacular it's worth it either way.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a 15 minute drive from Hill View. It is a predator-fenced area of great natural beauty and a beautiful place to take a bush walk and listen to the birdsong. They have Takahe and kaka and a lovely visitor centre and cafe. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Lively with a zingy menu of Asian fusion tapas and cocktails. Vault 21 is always a buzz with a commanding view to the Octagon.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Garden
“Rockeries, flower beds, a duck pond, winterhouse, cafe, bird aviaries, native and exotic trees, cherry blossoms, azaleas and rhododendrums, walking tracks, picnic spots”
  • 17 locals recommend
Beach
“Perhaps Dunedin's most spectacular stretch of coast. The walk down is ~20minutes, return a bit slower. The light is best in morning, the wee beach is more accessible at low tide.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“This restaurant is set among beautiful gardens and provides a consistently high quality of food and service. One of Dunedin's preeminent dinning establishments. It is at its best in daylight so one can appreciate the gardens and harbour views. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Garden
“A very special place that is a must to visit. It celebrates the contribution Chinese people have made, and continue to make, to Dunedin's history, culture and ongoing prosperity. The Dunedin Chinese Garden is the only authentic Chinese garden in New Zealand. It is the first in the Southern Hemisphere.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“A short walk but with great views over the town. Roughly 60 minutes return.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“A stunning walk with impressive views throughout. Take a packed lunch for a picnic by the glacier.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Visit Jimmy the Parrot in the aviary and say hello if he is in a good mood he will say hi back or ask you what you are doing. We have a great kids playground with paddle pool and picnic areas with BBQ's.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“A fantastic tour that takes you into the heart of the Peninsula where you can watch the rarest of Penguins. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
  • 3 locals recommend
Zoo
“it is likely that you will see the sea lions there, beautiful drive and an amazing view of the ocean”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“If you are interested in New Zealand native bird life and want to have close up encounters with some rare and endangered species this is the place to go, there are two Kiwi Houses to view our native noctornel bird. Go during the feeding times and educational bird show, audio guides are provided in many languages. The park relies on support for funding $$$ ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“At old Cromwell Town you can step back in time and see what the area once looked like and where it was once located before the creation of the Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan. Lovely on a sunny day for lunch or a coffee. Peaceful views. Nice shops, Art Galleries and a Farmers Market on Sunday mornings - Spring to Autumn. ”
  • 7 locals recommend