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Queenstown Travel Blog

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Now, good morning sunshine.

Good morning sunshine, well actually, the sun was still sleeping when I awoke.

We’re going to New Zealand... Yeay! 

We caught the hotel shuttle bus over to the Sydney international airport, found the staff check in desk, and received our boarding passes for Queenstown, always a relief. We missed our big bacon and egg breakfasts at the hotel this morning... oh, hang on a moment, they didn’t do a big breakfast at the hotel... so we ate at the airport. I recommend you skip the airport breakfast it was very ordinary.

The duty free shops beckoned, Lauren needed to buy a camera, I wanted to get another memory card and battery for mine, and of course, the all-important bubbles! (Previously known as Champagne)

The flight to Queenstown was uneventful; they played some crappy movie so I listened to music all the way.

Flying in over New Zealand
 

Flying into New Zealand was stunning; we flew over mountains dusted in snow, surrounding beautiful alpine lakes with a smattering of clouds above. I’m in love! As we approached Queenstown, the mountains opened up to reveal Lake Wakatipu and the beautiful green hilly area straight out of a fairy tale that surrounds the airport. 

It took no time at all to get through customs and immigration. It was a nice change for the customs staff to greet us with a smile on their face as opposed to dour faced customs agents who treat you like a criminal when you are just going on holiday. The bags were already on the carrousel when we got there too, it was all so smooth and pain free. 

We got a surprise by the cost of the taxi to the hotel though, NZD24 for a 5-minute ride.

View from our hotel
The Sherwood Manor Hotel is a lovely hotel with magnificent views, located about halfway between the airport and town. We had booked a one-bedroom unit with a kitchenette. After checking in, we made ourselves comfortable in our room, set up Laurens camera, charged the battery and hit the road to town. There is a bus stop just down the driveway from the hotel; a one-way trip to town was $3.50. After a few one-way tips and scavenging for change, we ended up buying a ten-ride ticket for $28.00, it worked out perfectly. 

Oh my God! Queenstown is so beautiful! Even on the bus ride to town, the stunning views assault your eyes and you don’t want to blink in case you miss a beautiful vista. It was as if my eyes had never seen before; the greens seemed greener, blues bluer and everything was clearer, crisper and brighter. Everywhere I looked was a photo opportunity waiting to happen.

After wandering around town for a little while, we headed up the hill to the base of the Skyline Gondola and our ride to the top of Bob’s Peak.

Our dinner table with magnificent views
We had an evening of Kiwi Haka and a delicious buffet dinner from the restaurant with magnificent views over Queenstown to enjoy.

Due to tiredness, Lauren and I, on the way home sat at a non bus stop for about 20 minutes before realising the stop was on the other side of the road. FYI, the bus picks up at the same place as it drops off at the mall in Queenstown. We finally got home and hit the hay after getting our things ready for another early start tomorrow. I turned the light out at midnight... again.

zaximuz says:
im going to christchurch and queenstown on end Mar to early April 2011. anyone else going around that time?
Posted on: Dec 29, 2010
webrahul says:
Anybody else going to Oz , I'm going in May end
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009
djc81 says:
You have some lovely photo's there. I love looking at people's photos and reading their blogs on places in New Zealand it wants to to go even more.
Im planning on backpacking around Nez Zealand in Jan 2010
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
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Now, good morning sunshine.
Now, good morning sunshine.
Flying in over New Zealand
Flying in over New Zealand
View from our hotel
View from our hotel
Our dinner table with magnificent …
Our dinner table with magnificent…
Hmmm, definitely not luxury
Hmmm, definitely not luxury
Uninspiring airport breakfast
Uninspiring airport breakfast
Sydney International Airport
Sydney International Airport
Taxiing at Sydney Airport
Taxiing at Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport from the air
Sydney Airport from the air
Little red rooves of Sydney homes
Little red rooves of Sydney homes
Engine number two
Engine number two
Mountains dusted in snow, and alpi…
Mountains dusted in snow, and alp…
The Southern Alps
The Southern Alps
Crystal clear alpine lakes
Crystal clear alpine lakes
Queenstown Airport
Queenstown Airport
Fairytale wonderland
Fairytale wonderland
Near Queenstown
Near Queenstown
Mountains dusted in snow and alpin…
Mountains dusted in snow and alpi…
Mountains dusted in snow and alpin…
Mountains dusted in snow and alpi…
From the pier in Queenstown
From the pier in Queenstown
This will be Lauren and me in a co…
This will be Lauren and me in a c…
The Remarkables
The Remarkables
Looking down the lake
Looking down the lake
From the gondola on the way to the…
From the gondola on the way to th…
From the gondola on the way to the…
From the gondola on the way to th…
The ledge swing
The ledge swing
Kiwi Haka
Kiwi Haka
Kiwi Haka poi dance
Kiwi Haka poi dance
From our dinner table
From our dinner table
From our dinner table
From our dinner table
Dusk from the Skyline Gondola rest…
Dusk from the Skyline Gondola res…
The aftermath of dinner
The aftermath of dinner
Queenstown Hotels & Accommodations review
This is a lovely hotel. All of the staff are wonderful and very friendly, from the minute you check in you feel like an old friend who has come back f… read entire review
Queenstown
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