Queenstown

Queenstown Travel Blog

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Queenstown's a fantastic place to spend a few days. You couldn't ask for a more picturesque spot for a town, right on lake Wakitapu set against the beautiful backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range. After a long drive from Franz Josef through some amazing scenery, it was nice to be somewhere for more than a couple of nights and where we could unpack properly.

 

Queenstown really does live up to its action packed reputation with sky dives, bungy jumps, jetboating and snowboarding all actively encouraged in this town. Our first full day here, Nick and Ads went off to try the slopes of the Remarkables. I wisely opted to have a break from snowboarding to let my bum fully recover from the bashing it had over in Ohakune and spent the day looking around the town and really just chilling out.

Meanwhile, Barbara and Al went into town and booked a helicopter ride over the Milford Sound for the following day. I was relaxing with a glass of wine and my book when Nick and Ads arrived back with huge smiles on their faces. If you believe what they say, there was some 'BIG AIR TODAY!'

 

The next day, Ads had fallen prey to the Queenstown adrenaline rush and had decided to do a bungy jump. But Ads being Ads decided that a run-of-the-mill jump would not be enough - enter the Nevis Bungee, the highest jump in Queenstown with a mere 134 metre drop.

 

The helicopter ride had been cancelled for the day due to bad weather so the rest of us spent our time wandering around the town, looking at the harbour and wondering how Ads was getting on.

We soon found out over a beer when we later caught up with the action man who had some awesome photos and a DVD as proof of his daredevil prowess. Next on the agenda was a trip to the top of the gondola taking in the views and enjoying some more luging. Even I decided to have a go this time although I think I made the record for the slowest time ever recorded on the laps - even 5 year olds were overtaking me. Nick was quite embarrased.

 

Saturday saw Nick, Ads and I heading up to Cardrona, a great little snow resort for some more practice. We couldn't really have had better weather or better spring snow. Barbara and Al's helicopter ride finally went ahead and they were whisked over to Fjordland to take in the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound, Mitre peak and even landing on top of a glacier on their way home.

 

An evening of bowling was saturday night's entertainment in the smallest bowling alley we'd ever seen - only seven lanes. A few quiet beers (a lot quieter than we were expecting anyway) rounded off our Queenstown experience nicely.

Vikram says:
I'm disappointed - you guys went all the way to Queenstown and you didn't visit Glenorchy??!
Posted on: Nov 09, 2008
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