Quad biking, Kiwi's and an Ice cold drink.

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Waiting for yet another hotel pickup

Yet another early start, this morning we are off quad biking. Yippee! Lauren and I had been looking forward to this. We were the last two to be picked up on the way to the farm and had to squash into a four-wheel drive full of other tourists and even a couple of locals. Once at the farm, we lined up to have our jackets and helmets fitted for our ride on the quads. 

This was so much fun! After a few quick lessons on how to stay aboard on tricky hills, hill starts and so forth we were off. We rode around the farm for a few hours; taking in all the beautiful scenery. The farm itself was beautiful with picturesque valleys and rolling green hills, the same green hills I flew over on my way in to Queenstown on the plane.

Getting instructions
 The further we rode the more stunning the views. We had many opportunities to stop for photo ops, and we even rode past the Fly-by-Wire, unfortunately, there was nobody on the ride at the time. Morning tea was served at the top of a beautiful mountain vista, leaving us gaping in awe at the beauty with views over The Remarkables, Queenstown airport, the Shotover River and gorgeous Lake Wakatipu.  

We got good and dusty and needed a good scrub once we got back to the quad bike base. But what fun!  

In dire need of a wash, we headed back to the hotel for a shower. Lauren had wanted Chinese from the time we arrived in Queenstown, so we headed back into town for a bite to eat. 

Lunch was at the Lakeside Palace Chinese Restaurant and then Licks for another delicious ice cream.

Baarbara, Ewenice and co

Lauren was very tired and wanted to head back to the hotel for a sleep. I decided to use this opportunity to take some photos. However, I ended up making my way to the base of the skyline gondola, yet again, not to ride to the top this time, but to have a look around the Kiwi & Birdlife Park. (Review to come later) 

After a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon wandering amongst the endangered flora and fauna of New Zealand, it was back down the hill to town, where I was meeting Lauren at Minus 5 degrees Ice Bar for a pre dinner cocktail. Come five o’clock though, there was no sign of Lauren. As this was our last opportunity to go to the Ice Bar, I decided I’d go in, hoping Lauren was only running a bit late. So I rugged up in the warm jacket supplied, put on a warm pair of boots and followed my new drinking buddies into the bar.

In training
About 10 minutes into our half hour visit, Lauren arrived. So she promptly ordered a drink and we went about enjoying the rest of our time, mingling with the other patrons and of course, taking photographs. (See review for further information)

After drinks at the Ice Bar, it was back outside into the warm air to thaw out, and wait for our cruise aboard the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw that would take us to dinner. We had dinner booked in the farmhouse on Walter Peak Farm at the other end of Lake Wakatipu. After our delectable dinner, there was a demonstration in sheep herding and sheep shearing. Then it was back onto the boat for a lovely cruise back to Queenstown... and bed.

vanmarley says:
love to go trailing with my quad bike in this kind of place. quad insurance
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011
shirlan says:
Walter Peak is lovely
Posted on: Jun 12, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
LMAO Vance.
Posted on: Feb 29, 2008
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Waiting for yet another hotel pick…
Waiting for yet another hotel pic…
Getting instructions
Getting instructions
Baarbara, Ewenice and co
Baarbara, Ewenice and co
In training
In training
Wow...
Wow...
Great View
Great View
Bunch of hooligans
Bunch of hooligans
Looking down on the Shotover River
Looking down on the Shotover River
The trail we took
The trail we took
Lauren looking a little grotty
Lauren looking a little grotty
The rev heads raring to go
The rev heads raring to go
Quad a view
Quad a view
The farms rolling green hills
The farms rolling green hills
What a Remarkable view
What a Remarkable view
Ah, lovely
Ah, lovely
So pretty
So pretty
Such a pretty little town
Such a pretty little town
The money wall in the Chinese Rest…
The money wall in the Chinese Res…
Mmmm, ice-cream
Mmmm, ice-cream
Back in town at the Mall
Back in town at the Mall
Just chillin
Just chillin'
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Watching the ships roll in
Watching the ships roll in
Looking up towards the Skyline Gon…
Looking up towards the Skyline Go…
Entrance to the Kiwi & Birdlife Pa…
Entrance to the Kiwi & Birdlife P…
This bird nearly became permanent …
This bird nearly became permanent…
Now THATs an egg!
Now THAT's an egg!
This lizard had a third eye on top…
This lizard had a third eye on to…
Pretty pond in the wildlife park
Pretty pond in the wildlife park
Oh, sweet
Oh, sweet
Mum and her bubs
Mum and her bubs
Along the path, magic awaits...
Along the path, magic awaits...
Leaving the Kiwi & Birdlife Park
Leaving the Kiwi & Birdlife Park
The dead centre of town
The dead centre of town
I was wondering if these girls wer…
I was wondering if these girls we…
Pretty Queenstown
Pretty Queenstown
I lost count of the times we climb…
I lost count of the times we clim…
Wandering back to town
Wandering back to town
Minus 5 Ice Bar
Minus 5 Ice Bar
Heading into the ice bar
Heading into the ice bar
Cocktail Menu
Cocktail Menu
The finishing touches to my yummy …
The finishing touches to my yummy…
My yummy orange cocktail and the b…
My yummy orange cocktail and the …
Pauline and Brian from Canberra, I…
Pauline and Brian from Canberra, …
Lauren and her yummy cocktail
Lauren and her yummy cocktail
He looks like ET... I hope he hasn…
He looks like ET... I hope he has…
Lauren and our new friends
Lauren and our new friends
He is eating his glass... they did…
He is eating his glass... they di…
Beautiful blue ice bar
Beautiful blue ice bar
I couldnt resist this photo, even…
I couldn't resist this photo, eve…
Cruising right along
Cruising right along
Pretty sunset
Pretty sunset
TSS Earnslaw
TSS Earnslaw
Can you believe this pretty little…
Can you believe this pretty littl…
It was a lovely cruise
It was a lovely cruise
View from the TSS Earnslaw
View from the TSS Earnslaw
Walter Peak Farm
Walter Peak Farm
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