Queenstown

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Queenstown

 On the drive back, it started to snow crazy golf-ball sized clumps of snow that came down so fast and hard that when I pulled over almost 2 inches accumulated in not more than 15 minutes!  But I managed to crawl slowly out of the mountains and down to lower elevation where the snow was not falling so fast.   By the time I finally neared Queenstown that afternoon, the city was bathed in glorious sunshine and the mountains shimmered in a fresh layer of snow.  It was such an amazingly beautiful town, like an European Alpine ski town.   I also drove up to the small town of Arrowtown and finally back to my hotel for night, a quirky Germanic influenced lodge built and decorated by a Swiss expat and his Asian wife.

near Queenstown
  My bedroom, complete with a fireplace, was fitted with a big picture window right next to my bed giving me a panoramic view of the mountains over the lake.  What a lovely place!   In the morning, I took a series of photos of the sun rising on the snow capped mountains and lake while laying in bed. 

Most people come to Queenstown for the activities: jetboating, paragliding, bungy jumping, etc.  If I had planned on coming during the summer months I might have been tempted, but not with snow on the ground, thank you very much....y blood has gotten a bit thin since living in Thailand.  Instead, I planned to see the town and use it as a transit point to the Alps and glaciers up north.  But I would like to to come back some day.

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Queenstown
Queenstown
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
south of Queenstown
south of Queenstown
south of Queenstown
south of Queenstown
check out the view from my bed!
check out the view from my bed!
Queenstown
Queenstown
Glenorchy
Glenorchy
south of Queenstown
south of Queenstown
near Wanaka
near Wanaka
south of Queenstown
south of Queenstown
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
Arrowtown
Arrowtown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
My hotel near Glenorchy
My hotel near Glenorchy
My hotel near Glenorchy
My hotel near Glenorchy
Glenorchy
Glenorchy
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
sunrise (as seen from my bed)
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
near Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
North of Queenstown
North of Queenstown
Wanaka
Wanaka
Queenstown
photo by: genetravelling