Heaven, here we come...
Queenstown Travel Blog› entry 4 of 12 › view all entries
Good morning sunshine, well actually, the sun was still sleeping when I awoke.
Weâ€™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 didnâ€™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 into New Zealand was stunning; we flew over mountains dusted in snow, surrounding beautiful alpine lakes with a smattering of clouds above. Iâ€™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.
Oh my God! Queenstown is so beautiful! Even on the bus ride to town, the stunning views assault your eyes and you donâ€™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 Bobâ€™s Peak.
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.