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Kiwi Park, Lake Wakatipu & Milford Sound in Queenstown, New Zealand

Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Views from the top of the gondola by Michael Amadeus on Unsplash

Views from the top of the gondola. Photo by Michael Amadeus on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Lyle and Leanne McCabe of Beach Travel Wine about Queenstown, New Zealand. Lyle and Leanne’s tips for the best things to do in Queenstown are awesome because they travel the globe sampling the best wine, and they believe this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. They’ve been to Queenstown numerous times with their family for fun and adventure.

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Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride.

Queenstown, New Zealand

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Queenstown New Zealand, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Milford heli

Milford heli.

Getting around Queenstown

The local airport is Queenstown Airport (ZQN), which is about a 10-15 minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Lyle and Leanne say that if you’re staying downtown and plan to stay right in the local area, there’s no need to rent a car. But, if you wish to travel outside of Queenstown to explore local attractions, then you should rent one. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Queenstown waterfront

Queenstown waterfront.

Places we talked about on the Queenstown, New Zealand podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Lyle and Leanne McCabe about Queenstown, New Zealand. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Green dots = best things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Queenstown, New Zealand

Who are Lyle and Leanne McCabe?

Lyle and Leanne are a retired couple from Australia who are traveling the world one wine and podcast at a time. They love to really explore each place they visit and find all the best and unique and sometimes surprising things in each city, town or village.

They share their fun travel stories on their podcast Beach Travel Wine. They include stories from snipers in Italian allies, discovering (almost secret) medieval wine villages in Spain, swimming underground in Mexico, skiing with eight grandchildren in New Zealand, and giant jumping man-eating crocodiles in Australia.

Lyle and Leanne also visit many wine regions and love sharing the best wine and food to eat – including Tuscany in Italy, La Rioja in Spain, and many around New Zealand and Australia. Their podcast is for people with a sense of
humor and adventure.

When they are not traveling, they love spending time with friends and family at the beachside apartment on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Gondola ride to the top of the mountain

Leanne and Lyle enjoying the view from the top of a gondola ride.

Here are a few of their podcast episodes:

You can connect with Lyle and Leanne on their website and social media on Facebook and Instagram.

We Travel There - Queenstown New Zealand - Lyle and Leanne McCabe - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Lyle and Leanne’s tips for Queenstown.

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Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Pancakes at Bespoke Kitchen by Claire Kelly on Unsplash

Pancakes at Bespoke Kitchen. Photo by Claire Kelly on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Connie at a book signing in Decatur, AL.

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