Let me start by saying I am not a stalker. I know what you’re thinking… “if she has to make a claim like that, this is going to be a stalk-tastic post.” And you’re a little bit right about that, because I’m going to tell you how to party like Ed Sheeran in Queenstown.
Here’s what happened. In May 2016, Ed Sheeran showed up in Queenstown while he was traveling in New Zealand. It was soon after he had dropped off the face of the earth— no phone, no social media. So you may be asking how I know an intimate detail like someone’s travel plan.
Well, there’s this Facebook group in Queenstown that’s generally used as a place to buy/sell cars and clothes, rent rooms and occasionally air a public grievance. Not so on May 9, 2016. That night, our 25,000+ Facebook group took a break from our regularly scheduled chatter to become paparazzi and reporters. From the comfort of my home, I watched as seemingly normal human beings became the biggest fangirls and fanguys, reporting Ed Sheeran’s every move.
And because I love y’all (and want to celebrate Ed Sheeran’s new album killing it with NINE songs in the Top 10 chart), I’m going to share how you can party like Ed Sheeran in Queenstown according to the word on the street. And by street, I mean Facebook. Because everything there is true(ish).
It all started with this post on Facebook. At first, Queenstowners seemed to think it was a joke, but soon the group was abuzz with speculations of where he would go next.
I have NO idea what Ed ate… but if you’re going to visit, I recommend the Mexican Fiesta or Moroccan Lamb pizzas. Chase them down with a famous Winnie’s Skittles shot.
Habana Rum Bar
One of the things I love most about Queenstown is that it’s a tiny town. The newspaper is people-focused, which is how something like a fan’s selfie with Ed Sheeran at Habana became news.
This cozy bar is a perfect spot for conversation and cocktails. It’s a stylish haven amidst the party bars in town and the staff is amazing! I know it’s a rum bar, but my favorite thing there is the Patrón XO Café.
I have never been to Skybar in Queenstown, but the Internet says that Ed Sheeran’s been there. The internet also says it’s an upscale DJ lounge, which explains why I never made it there… sounds like a place for people who are not on a backpacker’s budget!
Shotover Canyon Swing and Canyon Fox
Anyone who visits Queenstown knows it’s THE place for adrenaline activities. And although Sheeran is fearless when it comes to tackling tough topics through his lyrics, he was not quite as keen on the Canyon Swing. In a recent interview, he was asked about his year off and said “Uhhh I mean the worst moment was being in Queenstown and being like ‘do you know what? I’m going to do the Canyon Swing. That sounds like something I’d enjoy’.” He continued on, saying “I thought that would cure my [fear of] heights…and I was like ‘when in Rome’ ’cause if you’re in Queenstown and you don’t do something extreme like what’s the point in going …unless you have a Ferg Burger which are pretty awesome”
Fergburger at The Sundeck
Which brings us to the infamous Fergburger. If you are Ed Sheeran, you can take your Fergburger up to The Sundeck to eat in (relative) peace. If you’re not… well, you’re just going to have to wait in line with the rest of the tourists or choose another restaurant for cheap eats in Queenstown.
The Sweet Wanderlust Tip: Skip the line like a celeb by calling in your order.
White Tiger Tattoo
In addition to eating and drinking his way through Queenstown, Ed Sheeran paid a visit to White Tiger Tattoo for a permanent souvenir. He commissioned a new tattoo and a whale’s tail greenstone carving to commemorate his time in New Zealand.
White Tiger is a family-owned business that’s been around since 1987. And how classy is tattoo artist, Scott Mcfarlane, who declined to divulge Sheeran’s new ink, saying tattoos are “private and personal.” Mcfarlane was careful to plan the tattoo in secret, ensuring Sheeran’s appointment wouldn’t be interrupted by crazy fans. A class act and some sweet tattoos… if I was in the market for another tattoo, I’d be calling White Tiger!
And that’s where the trail goes cold… Thank you Queenstown and the Facebook community for such vigilant Sheeran-spotting!
Have you ever met at celebrity? Tell me about it in the comments!
*Note: I don’t condone celebrity stalking… I just thought this would be a fun way to walk in Ed Sheeran’s footsteps (after giving him plenty of time to get away)!