This post has been long overdue. So, five months ago, we decided to go on a holiday in the South Island. Amongst the places we visited was Queenstown. And it was simply Breathtaking!
|After the sunset @ Queenstown.|
It is a small, busy town which is known as one of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand.
It being our final stop before flying back to Auckland, we decided to try and explore the different nooks and crannies of the locale. And since we only had less than 24 hours to spare we just dropped our bags at the Goldridge Resort, hailed a Connectabus, and the adventure began.
The waterfront, which is definitely one of Queenstown’s most iconic landmarks. It is a bustling hub of restaurants, bars, hotels, and gardens cradled by the crystal clear waters of lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding hills.
|An eel, trout, and duck. Taken at the Underwater Observatory|
The XD Dark Ride, is an interactive motion ride, which is not for the faint-hearted. If you cannot fathom the chilly breeze circulating Queenstown, you can always try this indoor activity.
A scenic ride is an experience that you shouldn’t pass. When booking however, be informed that the trip may not always go as planned because of the ever-changing weather conditions; which happened in our case. We were supposed to fly and land on The Remarkables, but due to strong winds, we had to settle for a lower landing area. Nonetheless, it was still an experience of a lifetime.
|Our ride for the day.|
|At the top, literally.|
The Shotover Jet. This attraction is already being offered in several places in New Zealand, but this is the only one we’ve tried. Our verdict? It is a ride worth trying. A “jet”, a river, mountains, and countless boulders, that’s the trip in a nutshell.
|The Shotover Jet.|
|Ferg’s Cafe – Donuts.|
|That Fish and Chips shop along the road.|
|Apple Cider and Beer.|