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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.
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.
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.