Cromwell! Ok, this may be a little out of Queenstown but trust me, the drive is worth it - just shy of an hour away. To get to Cromwell, you pass through the Kawarau Gorge, a stunning drive with a few bays to look out from. The road gets windy and a little narrow at times, so just watch out if you are in a big vehicle like a campervan. Cromwell itself is a beautiful little town with the Kawarau River on one side and Lake Dunstan on the other. It is well known for their orchards/fruit so keep an eye out for the fruit stalls and shops that litter the side of the highway.
Happy Autumn Hunting!