Located a bit far from the center of activity in the area, Frankton is a fitting choice for many types of holidays. Consider the following factors if you are planning a trip whose priorities are to save money, be near important points of interest, have a quiet atmosphere, be near a great beach and more! However, there are drawbacks to booking accommodation in Frankton so read on. Here are 9 factors to consider in choosing whether Frankton is a good fit for your accommodation needs.
1It's Less Expensive than Nearby Areas
Since it is farther away from the CBD and the more expensive options in the area, Frankton Accommodation will cost less! The drawback is that you will incur additional transportation costs getting to and from the downtown areas. However, Frankton is also close to the Remarkables Park shopping center which features shopping at less-inflated prices than in the CBD. Those on a budget will probably save in the end by choosing to stay farther from town.
2Some Important Destinations are Close By
The Queenstown Airport is actually in Frankton, so you can choose accommodation nearby but make sure it isn't too close! This area is also the closest town on the route to The Remarkables Ski Field (bus stops are in town) and is also close to The Remarkables Shopping Park which features Grocery and other stores much larger than those in the more populated areas. Other nearby activity destinations include a Golf Course and a Recreation Center. It is important to note that if you stay here, you won't be close to the most popular urban spot around (read section #3).
3You Will Need a Car to See Queenstown (or extra time to travel by Bus) Central Frankton is located over 6 kilometers from Central Queenstown. Although Bus services do run regularly and even late at night for party-goers, walking is probably out of the question. However, the Frankton Trail is a fun excursion in itself and runs along Lake Wakatipu from Frankton to downtown QT.
4It's Quiet and Secluded
Frankton is a good place to go if your plans involve relaxing and staying away from the tourist and party crowds that fill Queenstown. Most buildings in town are residential in nature which means that during the day there aren't many people around. It is still close enough to Queenstown's CBD that you can see the things that you want and then return afterwards. However, be sure to book your accommodation off of the main road and away from the airport and commercial zones if you wish to have a quiet atmosphere! Read below for more information.
5It's NOT Quiet and Secluded if You Choose the Wrong Location
There are two important parts of Frankton to avoid when booking accommodation; the main road and the airport. Both of these are a source of distraction, noise and odor that will damper any quiet you seek. The runway for the airport is directly next to the main road and airplanes fly very low to the ground when departing and arriving. If high activity and noise is on your list of things to avoid, pick somewhere at least a few blocks away from the road and not underneath the flight path for airplanes.
6There is a Great Beach
With almost 180 degree views, somewhat soft sand and simple dirt trails along its edge, the Frankton Beach is an interesting oasis. It is located surprisingly close to Frankton
Road on the northern side and near the main neighborhood on the eastern side. Its small docks, quaint strips of beach and undeveloped land give it a humble atmosphere. A row of trees provides seclusion from the urban area behind it and a small hill with housing provides a buffer that blocks the sounds from the road. The beach's unobstructed views of the lake and mountains provide a unique combination of horizontal views over the water combined with dramatic vertical mountains jutting straight out from the water's edge. Behind the beach is The Remarkables mountain range with its unique jagged peaks that look amazing in the winter.
7Warmth is a Friend of Frankton
Most urban areas nearby fall into afternoon shade very quickly when the sun falls behind the mountain range (which also blocks the sunset). Fortunately, Frankton is located a bit farther south from this land mass which results in access to more sun in the afternoon and a more direct sun angle than locations that sit directly at the base of the hills. Winter visitors know that warmth matters and a little extra sunlight won't hurt when you only have a few days to enjoy the surroundings.
8The Commercial Spaces are Not Very Social, but the Beach + Park Area Is
There isn't much central gathering activity in Frankton's urban areas other than a few restaurants. The majority of people tend to be just traveling through town or going from point to point within town. The sense is that the urban areas are places where people live but not entertain. The main exception to this is Frankton Beach, where you will find more locals than usual and a mix of families with kids, party goers, runners, kayakers and cyclists.
9The Urban Atmosphere isn't Much to Write Home About
If you like to wander interesting and engaging urban terrain from the footsteps of your hotel, look elsewhere. Frankton is a hodgepodge of styles, eras and even archetypes from other countries. Once you leave the main road, the contrasting buildings and disorientating road layout combine to give a disorganized feel. Walking around the area is mostly an experience of hard concrete under the feet and views of concrete buildings. Sitting on the patio at a restaurant for a nice meal is greeted with car after car driving by loudly as you look out upon the busiest roundabout in town. It is safe to say that the urban landscape is quite a contrast to the simple and dramatic surroundings of the non-urban landscape. For those interested in wandering a less-urban landscape, the Frankton Trail is a good place to start and takes you all the way from Frankton to Queenstown.
Frankton could be the right fit for many different types of travelers. Some might choose to book a room here due to the close proximity to cheap shopping and the Queenstown Airport. It also is very convenient for those skiing or snowboarding at The Remarkables ski field. Others choose Frankton for the extra sun in the afternoon and the quieter atmosphere with beach access during the summer. However, if downtown activities are on the top of the activity list, lodging closer to that area might be a better option.