The Frisbee golf course is the first of its kind in New Zealand. Like a normal golf course, there are sites for ‘Teeing Off’ and metal baskets act as ‘golf holes’. With ‘greens’ called ‘Windy Way' and ‘Tunnel Vision’, the game is not as easy as it seems and you can get a real workout if you keep chasing your disc down to the lake edge like I did. BYO your Frisbee or hire them for free as part of a skating package at the Queenstown Ice Arena.
At the end of the Frisbee golf course, the newly refurbished Ice Areana begs to be entered. Ice skating began in Queenstown in the early 1900’s, by the 1930’s busloads of skaters from Gore and Invercargill made special weekend trips, and in 1966 the first artificial ice rink was built.
The Graham family – Brian and his two sons Ted and Daniel, have refurbished the Queenstown Ice Arena and hire out all the equipment for skating, ice-hockey, and curling. A cosy cafe with an open fireplace is also rinkside for those who want to stay warm while they sit on their backside!
All in all, if the mountains are not an option, or if you don’t have a golden goose that pays off your credit card bill the Queenstown Gardens is a great place to spend the day and have fun without driving a great distance or spending jet boat loads of money.