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Guidebook for Queenstown

Helen &  Shane
Helen & Shane
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Helen &  Shane

Guidebook for Queenstown

Food Scene
Voted top little restaurant on trip adviser, we have been there many times it never disappoints and is only a short stroll from the cottage. Incredible choice of wines. $$$
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Vknow Restaurant & Wine Bar
155 Fernhill Rd
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Voted top little restaurant on trip adviser, we have been there many times it never disappoints and is only a short stroll from the cottage. Incredible choice of wines. $$$
Great location, serves upmarket meat laden dishes, Slow roast NZ lamb or any steak, (Yum ) sides not included though. Amazing selection of wines. $$$$
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Botswana Butchery
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Great location, serves upmarket meat laden dishes, Slow roast NZ lamb or any steak, (Yum ) sides not included though. Amazing selection of wines. $$$$
Don't miss out on this little place, serves homemade authentic empanadas, double Yum ...always have different flavours on offer, and fabulous sauces to try with them. Theres a whole back story of how it started out, just ask them. $
The Empanada Kitchen
60 Beach St
Don't miss out on this little place, serves homemade authentic empanadas, double Yum ...always have different flavours on offer, and fabulous sauces to try with them. Theres a whole back story of how it started out, just ask them. $
The cabinets are bursting with delicious goodies of all types, with loads n loads of healthy choices, it's a real locals favourite. We love it ❤️ $$
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Bespoke Kitchen
9 Isle St
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The cabinets are bursting with delicious goodies of all types, with loads n loads of healthy choices, it's a real locals favourite. We love it ❤️ $$
If you are out and about shopping in Remarkable's Park area be sure to call in, can highly recommend, its a favourite of ours. Lots of food options . $$
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Odelay cafe
10 Hawthorne Dr
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If you are out and about shopping in Remarkable's Park area be sure to call in, can highly recommend, its a favourite of ours. Lots of food options . $$
Gets its name from the fact that the early settlers kept cows in a nearby field, they used to walk them down the lane every day for milking. Beautiful little hidden gem, Has been serving delicious pizza & Spagetti since 1976. Get in early as it gets booked out. $$
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The Cow Restaurant
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Gets its name from the fact that the early settlers kept cows in a nearby field, they used to walk them down the lane every day for milking. Beautiful little hidden gem, Has been serving delicious pizza & Spagetti since 1976. Get in early as it gets booked out. $$
Tucked away in one of the side lanes, Joe's doesn't dissapoint. Fab food, Fab staff, Fab Coffee $$
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Joe's Garage
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Tucked away in one of the side lanes, Joe's doesn't dissapoint. Fab food, Fab staff, Fab Coffee $$
A little treasure and local secret in full view, Perky's floats in the central bay, fab location, awesome views, great wine selection. Offers cozy seating, has blankets for cooler evenings on the water. Also lets you bring your own food on board :) I take a little cheese n nibbles platter, or during the day why not enjoy an empanada from The Empanada Kitchen with a cold beer. It's open all day .. $$
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Perky's Floating Bar And Coffee Shop
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A little treasure and local secret in full view, Perky's floats in the central bay, fab location, awesome views, great wine selection. Offers cozy seating, has blankets for cooler evenings on the water. Also lets you bring your own food on board :) I take a little cheese n nibbles platter, or during the day why not enjoy an empanada from The Empanada Kitchen with a cold beer. It's open all day .. $$
Best fish n chips to go. Get some and sit down on the beach .
Erik's Fish and Chips
13 Earl St
Best fish n chips to go. Get some and sit down on the beach .
Their iconic New Zealand pies are a must try, especially love the venison. Best fresh bread in town, sour dough, baguette etc. $$ Just a heads up the next door Fergburger has long queues at just about any time of day, we feel it’s a bit over rated.
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Fergbaker
40 Shotover St
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Their iconic New Zealand pies are a must try, especially love the venison. Best fresh bread in town, sour dough, baguette etc. $$ Just a heads up the next door Fergburger has long queues at just about any time of day, we feel it’s a bit over rated.
An Arrowtown treasure, nestled in a little courtyard in this super cute original gold mining village. Sensational 5 star Tapas, regional Italian flavours with a modern twist. Food, service, & staff faultless. Kid friendly. Our absolute favourite, bookings are essential. $$$
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La Rumbla
54 Buckingham St
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An Arrowtown treasure, nestled in a little courtyard in this super cute original gold mining village. Sensational 5 star Tapas, regional Italian flavours with a modern twist. Food, service, & staff faultless. Kid friendly. Our absolute favourite, bookings are essential. $$$
Hands down this is the best Indian restaurant in the valley, love the Dahi Poori ( little stuffed pastry shells ) and just about anything else on the menu . $$$
The Taj Indian Kitchen
75 Beach St
Hands down this is the best Indian restaurant in the valley, love the Dahi Poori ( little stuffed pastry shells ) and just about anything else on the menu . $$$
Tucked away in Cow Lane behind an old door with a letterbox, is a romantic, intimate space, offering silver service fine dining. French style European cuisine, we have eaten there on special occasions, never been disappointed $$$$
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The Bunker Restaurant
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Tucked away in Cow Lane behind an old door with a letterbox, is a romantic, intimate space, offering silver service fine dining. French style European cuisine, we have eaten there on special occasions, never been disappointed $$$$
This used to be Walnut Tree Cottage, Akarua took over and gave it a massive and much needed makeover. The wines from Bannock Burn are outstanding, the food excellent, staff friendly and knowledgable. Sit outside in the gardens, it is lovely casual setting, Breakfast and lunch only. Bookings essential .. $$$
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Akarua Wines & kitchen by Artisan
265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd
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This used to be Walnut Tree Cottage, Akarua took over and gave it a massive and much needed makeover. The wines from Bannock Burn are outstanding, the food excellent, staff friendly and knowledgable. Sit outside in the gardens, it is lovely casual setting, Breakfast and lunch only. Bookings essential .. $$$
Great new eatery in the Frankton area, has a large menu selection, offers something for everyone, I love the Mango Smoothy Bowl with organic berries or the Nutrition Bomb Salad, or for a bit of a naughty brunch try the Frank Einstein loaded with bacon, Zamora sausage hash browns, eggs, cheese all on a toasted muffin bap, delicious. Plus the coffee is really good. They have GF/DF and Vegan options.
Frank's Pantry
32 Red Oaks Dr
Great new eatery in the Frankton area, has a large menu selection, offers something for everyone, I love the Mango Smoothy Bowl with organic berries or the Nutrition Bomb Salad, or for a bit of a naughty brunch try the Frank Einstein loaded with bacon, Zamora sausage hash browns, eggs, cheese all on a toasted muffin bap, delicious. Plus the coffee is really good. They have GF/DF and Vegan options.
Gorgeous local cafe, the cabinets are always loaded with new and interesting goodies, staff are super helpful, service is fast, coffee good. The garden outside is a cute, plus parking is easy.
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Provisions of Arrowtown
65 Buckingham St
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Gorgeous local cafe, the cabinets are always loaded with new and interesting goodies, staff are super helpful, service is fast, coffee good. The garden outside is a cute, plus parking is easy.
Nestled in a cobblestone courtyard in Arrowtown Slow Cuts is a must do. As the name suggests they offer succulent slow roasted mouth watering meats, either dine there or takeaway everything on the menu is super delicious, love the lamb and especially the super crispy potatoes. Locals love getting a whole roast chicken with sides, and taking home to enjoy. $$ They have recently moved to a larger location, photos not yet updates.
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Slow Cuts
46-50 Buckingham St
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Nestled in a cobblestone courtyard in Arrowtown Slow Cuts is a must do. As the name suggests they offer succulent slow roasted mouth watering meats, either dine there or takeaway everything on the menu is super delicious, love the lamb and especially the super crispy potatoes. Locals love getting a whole roast chicken with sides, and taking home to enjoy. $$ They have recently moved to a larger location, photos not yet updates.
Just a 5 minute walk away is Nest Kitchen & Bar which is located inside The Kamana Lakehouse, this has recently had a huge upgrade, the interior is reminiscent of a ultra modern North American ski lodge, well worth a visit just to look at the elegant design not to mention the outstanding view ... Dining is offered either on one of the very comfortable sofas in front of a very trendy fireplace or ( our favourite ) at one of the window tables. We have eaten there a few times can highly recommed the mediterranean Tapas style food, Fish Tacos are excellent, also love the Calamari & Saffron Sliders and Dill & Parmesan fries .To best enjoy the spectacular view go while its still light. We highly recommend this venue $$$
Nest Kitchen + Bar
139 Fernhill Road
Just a 5 minute walk away is Nest Kitchen & Bar which is located inside The Kamana Lakehouse, this has recently had a huge upgrade, the interior is reminiscent of a ultra modern North American ski lodge, well worth a visit just to look at the elegant design not to mention the outstanding view ... Dining is offered either on one of the very comfortable sofas in front of a very trendy fireplace or ( our favourite ) at one of the window tables. We have eaten there a few times can highly recommed the mediterranean Tapas style food, Fish Tacos are excellent, also love the Calamari & Saffron Sliders and Dill & Parmesan fries .To best enjoy the spectacular view go while its still light. We highly recommend this venue $$$
Set inside this historic 1867 building directly opposite the lake, the super cozy snug bar serves delicious, food for Breakfast/lunch or dinner, we absolutely love the Tapas menu, both the Pork Cheek croquettes or Fried Halloumi are delicious 😋Yum . Good coffee, Award winning wine list and incredible cocktails. $$$$
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Eichardt's Bar
2 Marine Parade
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Set inside this historic 1867 building directly opposite the lake, the super cozy snug bar serves delicious, food for Breakfast/lunch or dinner, we absolutely love the Tapas menu, both the Pork Cheek croquettes or Fried Halloumi are delicious 😋Yum . Good coffee, Award winning wine list and incredible cocktails. $$$$
A firm favourite, outstanding location, get a window seat and watch the Earnslaw sail past. The food is sensational, we especially love the seafood chowder, or Lamb shoulder $$$$
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The Grille by Eichardt's
9 Marine Parade
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A firm favourite, outstanding location, get a window seat and watch the Earnslaw sail past. The food is sensational, we especially love the seafood chowder, or Lamb shoulder $$$$
Locals favourite hang out in Arrowtown, good pub grub, outside seating, $$
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The Fork And Tap
51 Buckingham Street
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Locals favourite hang out in Arrowtown, good pub grub, outside seating, $$
An historic NZ Railway shipping office lovingly turned into a delightful little cafe. Situated on the edge of Lake Wakatipu near the marina, ample parking or easy enough to walk or cycle there along the lakeside track. Good menu, we like the breakfast options, only thumbs down the service can be slow $$
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The Boatshed Cafe
847 Frankton Rd
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An historic NZ Railway shipping office lovingly turned into a delightful little cafe. Situated on the edge of Lake Wakatipu near the marina, ample parking or easy enough to walk or cycle there along the lakeside track. Good menu, we like the breakfast options, only thumbs down the service can be slow $$
Drinks & Nightlife
Great little local favourite, sits right on seamer wharf, offers really good ales and local wines. Plus a good selection of pub grub, highly recommend the thrice cooked chips ( fries ) Yum $$$
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Atlas Beer Cafe
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Great little local favourite, sits right on seamer wharf, offers really good ales and local wines. Plus a good selection of pub grub, highly recommend the thrice cooked chips ( fries ) Yum $$$
Situated in a the cute little Cow lane, The Bunker is an upstairs roof top bar, with an outside terrace, fabulous cocktails great wine. during summer evenings they sometimes screen old movies on the brick wall, a hidden gem $$$
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Upstairs @ The Bunker
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Situated in a the cute little Cow lane, The Bunker is an upstairs roof top bar, with an outside terrace, fabulous cocktails great wine. during summer evenings they sometimes screen old movies on the brick wall, a hidden gem $$$
Brilliant location, outside seating , love the Frose .. $$$$
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Little Blackwood
88 Beach St
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Brilliant location, outside seating , love the Frose .. $$$$
Hidden gem, 150 yr old semi cellar tucked away in a gorgeous lane, comfortable leather chairs, a roaring fire and some nights guitarist/singer. Huge variety of drinks $$$
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The Blue Door
18 Buchingham Street
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Hidden gem, 150 yr old semi cellar tucked away in a gorgeous lane, comfortable leather chairs, a roaring fire and some nights guitarist/singer. Huge variety of drinks $$$
A locals secret spot for the craft beer enthusiast, tucked away in the newly developing Marina, where The Remarkables mountain range forms a beautiful background vista, they offer a selection of lovingly crafted Ales/Stouts/Cider etc, the seating area has an open view of all the brewing vessels and equipment a perfect spot for an afternoon sip. Open from 3pm
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Altitude Brewing
827 Frankton Rd
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A locals secret spot for the craft beer enthusiast, tucked away in the newly developing Marina, where The Remarkables mountain range forms a beautiful background vista, they offer a selection of lovingly crafted Ales/Stouts/Cider etc, the seating area has an open view of all the brewing vessels and equipment a perfect spot for an afternoon sip. Open from 3pm
Sightseeing
Historic Gold mining town, set next to Arrow River which was an important part of the Central Otago Gold Rush of the 1860’s, 1500 miners called Arrowtown home, huge amount of gold was found. Gold panning is still a popular pass time, nuggets are still found Many scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed along the river.
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Arrowtown
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Historic Gold mining town, set next to Arrow River which was an important part of the Central Otago Gold Rush of the 1860’s, 1500 miners called Arrowtown home, huge amount of gold was found. Gold panning is still a popular pass time, nuggets are still found Many scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed along the river.
Spectacular 45 minutes drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu, an absolute must do for the breath taking scenery. The little township is the starting point for Dart river safari jet boat, kayaking, Horse Treks plus hiking trails. There are eateries, craft stores and a new Eco Retreat camping grounds. Many scenes from Lord of the Rings were shot around this area.
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Glenorchy
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Spectacular 45 minutes drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu, an absolute must do for the breath taking scenery. The little township is the starting point for Dart river safari jet boat, kayaking, Horse Treks plus hiking trails. There are eateries, craft stores and a new Eco Retreat camping grounds. Many scenes from Lord of the Rings were shot around this area.
Essentials
Specalialty foods, Deli, cafe, excellent quality produce, locals love it here. My favourite place to go for quality produce. Also have an in-house cafe, with a nice selection of cabinet food $$
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Raeward Fresh Queenstown
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Specalialty foods, Deli, cafe, excellent quality produce, locals love it here. My favourite place to go for quality produce. Also have an in-house cafe, with a nice selection of cabinet food $$
Great for all staples, nice selection of wines
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New World Supermarket
1/12 Hawthorne Dr
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Great for all staples, nice selection of wines
5 minute walk from the Cottage, stays open to 9pm if you run of the basics
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Eight To Late Foodcentre
155 Fernhill Rd
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5 minute walk from the Cottage, stays open to 9pm if you run of the basics
GETTING AROUND in Queenstown
BUS An excellent service, it runs every 15 minutes from any of the stops on Fernhill rd, just a 5 minute walk away. Use a GoCard to pay for your ride the trip is just $2. Cards can be obtained at in town at O’Connell’s Mall kiosk for $5 then topped up anywhere they are sold or cash only on the bus.Go to www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/queenstown-buses for further information
Just one of the companies in town, rate from Fernhill should be around $15 .....
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Green Cabs (Taxi) - Queenstown
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Just one of the companies in town, rate from Fernhill should be around $15 .....
Entertainment & Activities
Have a good look through their web site, they offer many options for, jet boating, Fun Yaks ( inflatables ) 6 wheel tundra vehicle combos, of all the jet boat rides this one is by far the best value for money if time is on your side. The adventures are all in Glenorchy, you can drive yourself or they will take you. The picturesque drive alone makes it well worth while.
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Dart River Adventures
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Have a good look through their web site, they offer many options for, jet boating, Fun Yaks ( inflatables ) 6 wheel tundra vehicle combos, of all the jet boat rides this one is by far the best value for money if time is on your side. The adventures are all in Glenorchy, you can drive yourself or they will take you. The picturesque drive alone makes it well worth while.
Great little cinema with big comfy seats, chandeliers, wine and cheese and nibbles options for half time, we love it
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Dorothy Browns Arrowtown Cinema
18 Buckingham St
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Great little cinema with big comfy seats, chandeliers, wine and cheese and nibbles options for half time, we love it
Brilliant fun ... Pop in for a look
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Queenstown
27 Brecon St
Brilliant fun ... Pop in for a look
Great local walk on the hill above Queenstown and not too strenuous. Unique photo opportunity sitting in The Basket of Dreams sculpture at the top ... Free
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Queenstown Hill Walking Track
58 Belfast Terrace
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Great local walk on the hill above Queenstown and not too strenuous. Unique photo opportunity sitting in The Basket of Dreams sculpture at the top ... Free
1912 Edwardian vintage steamer sails across the Lake to Walter Peak Station, can be a bit crowded however the journey is well worth it .. $$$
TSS Earnslaw Queenstown
1912 Edwardian vintage steamer sails across the Lake to Walter Peak Station, can be a bit crowded however the journey is well worth it .. $$$
A wonderful day trip, we put this in the Entertainment & Activities section for two reasons, the drive is very scenic and the Hotel is an historic gem, adding to this the pub grub is delicious and you have a winner, we love it there $$
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Cardrona Hotel
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A wonderful day trip, we put this in the Entertainment & Activities section for two reasons, the drive is very scenic and the Hotel is an historic gem, adding to this the pub grub is delicious and you have a winner, we love it there $$
Good selection including e-bikes, friendly knowledgeable staff. Great way to explore the many gentle or not so gentle tracks around the area $$
Vertigo Bikes
4 Brecon St
Good selection including e-bikes, friendly knowledgeable staff. Great way to explore the many gentle or not so gentle tracks around the area $$
Parks & Nature
If you are interested in New Zealand native bird life and want to have close up encounters with some rare and endangered species this is the place to go, there are two Kiwi Houses to view our native nocturnal bird. Go during the feeding times and educational bird show, audio guides are provided in many languages. The park relies on support for funding $$$
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Kiwi Birdlife Park
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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 nocturnal bird. Go during the feeding times and educational bird show, audio guides are provided in many languages. The park relies on support for funding $$$