Queenstown

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Landing at the Queenstown Airport

Queenstown is my favorite city in New Zealand, hands down.  It has the reputation of being the adrenalin capital of New Zealand with lots of activities available to satisfy any action junkies out there.  In winter it's a great ski destination with several ski areas surrounding it.  It is in the Remarkables, a mountain range that is ruggedly beautiful.  It was the setting of many of the scenes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  There is jet boating on the Shotover River, bungie jumping at several locations, river rafting, mountain climbing, trekking, fishing, wineries, and many many more activities. 

It was very warm when we landed in Queenstown -- high 80's at least.

Lake Wakatipu
  We rented a car (a small Toyota Corolla) that barely fit the three of us and our luggage, but since we weren't going to be carting luggage all over the place this time, we stayed with the smaller car.  It was a snug fit though as we got in the car and headed into town.

Our first stop was the Irish Pub that I love, Pog Mahones.  I had lamb stew and a Kilkenny ale and was in heaven.  I just love the way they put a big scoop of colcannon in the middle of the stew (mashed poatoes).  Mom and Dad loved it too -- and I thought that Dad was going to eat three loaves of the Irish soda bread!  Great stuff.

We walked around the town a bit and along Lake Wakatipu.  The steamship trip was sold out for the afternoon, so we had to put that off until another day.

Another Jumper
  Since we couldn't do the boat trip, we went to the gondola ride to the top of the peak overlooking the city to get a view up there.  I was a little worried about Mom riding the gondola, as she had passed out on one several years ago -- but she did fine on the ride.  There is a luge ride at the top where you ride these things like a sled with wheels down a concrete course.  They are a little different than the ones in the US that I have ridden, in that the courses here don't have barriers at the edge.  So you have to really watch it here, as you could run off the track here and down into the forest!  Dad and I did the ride and had a blast.  Mom just watched and laughed at us.

There is a bungie jumping place at this location also, and we got to watch several jumpers.  I still have not done that yet, but am working up the nerve!

After our experiences at the peak, we headed back to town for a drink at the Loaded Hog.  It was nice to sit outside and watch the sun go down as we enjoyed an adult beverage.  Not a bad life!

Our hotel was the Mercure just outside the main part of Queenstown.  We had a nice view from the room out over the Lake and the Remarkables -- it's really a magical place.

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Landing at the Queenstown Airport
Landing at the Queenstown Airport
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Another Jumper
Another Jumper
Pog Mahones Irish Pub
Pog Mahone's Irish Pub
On the Gondola Ride to the Peak
On the Gondola Ride to the Peak
View over Queenstown from Gondola …
View over Queenstown from Gondola…
At the top of the Peak
At the top of the Peak
Going to ride the Luge
Going to ride the Luge
Bungie Jump
Bungie Jump
Jumper in action
Jumper in action
Jumper dangling in the canyon
Jumper dangling in the canyon
At the end of his line!
At the end of his line!
Queenstown Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Irish Pub in Queenstown
Pog Mahone's Irish Pub is everything you would expect in a great Irish Pub. Guiness on tap, fire in the fireplace, great Irish stew, rugby matches on… read entire review
Queenstown
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